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Judson Pro-Am Expands Format

March 18, 2015


ROSWELL, GEORGIA (March 18, 2015) – The leading ladies of golf and business will unite for a fourth year at the Judson Collegiate & Legends ProAm Challenge, June 24-29, 2015. Benefiting The JCI Foundation, the event has expanded to six days, with a full day dedicated to the Judson Women’s Leadership Conference presented by AT&T in Atlanta. Two days

are scheduled for amateurs to participate with LPGA Legends and collegiate players for the Pro-Am competition in Roswell.


The Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge brings together players from The Legends Tour, the “Official Senior Tour of the LPGA," and the top female college players from around the country in a unique mentoring and educational golfing opportunity for these young players. 


Based on demand, the Pro-Am will be offered on two days this year, June 25-26, followed by three days of stroke play competition for the collegians. Co-hosts for the event are Rosie Jones, 13-time LPGA and seven-time Legends Tour champion, and Lauren Judson, who played golf at Univ. of Southern Mississippi and co-founded the JCI Foundation with her brother Dean to honor the loss of their parents.


“Golf is a powerful networking sport. It’s tremendously rewarding to not only have the best players in the history of the LPGA compete here in Georgia, but allow the future stars of women’s golf compete alongside these Legends. The Leadership Conference adds another way for women to mentor each other,” said Rosie Jones, who played on seven U.S. Solheim Cup teams and served as captain for the 2011 team. She is a cofounder of the Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge.


Hall of Famers Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley and Nancy Lopez are a few of the 30 Legends Tour golf professionals who have been confirmed to tee it up with amateurs and collegians in June at the Country Club of Roswell. This is the third stop of the season for the Legends Tour. It continues to be the only event that allows women collegiate golfers to play alongside former

stars of the LPGA.


The Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge is an invitation-only event for top-ranked college players in Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 programs across the U.S., as well as pecial invitees. It is also a Counting Event for the purposes of the World Amateur Golf Rankings.


In 2014, a half-day Leadership Conference was attended by more than 350 participants. This year the event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta to accommodate up to 1,000 participants. Supported by AT&T for a third year, the Women’s leadership Conference was created by The JCI Foundation to provide positive mentorship and education for young women. It is aimed to help young women, who are still in college or just entering the workforce, become leaders in their respective fields. A complete schedule and lineup of speakers is listed at the web site.


Among the all-star lineup of speakers confirmed to date are:

• Cheryl Bachelder - CEO, Popeye's

• Becky Blalock - CIO(retired), Southern Company

• Sheila Boyington - CEO, Thinking Media

• Kat Cole - Group President, Focus Brands(recorded)

• Tricia Dempsey - CEO, Agile

• Tiffany Dufu - Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League

• Molly Fletcher - Former Sports Agent/Speaker/Author

• Lauren Judson - Vice President, JCI Foundation

• Tracey Lloyd - Market Manager, Walmart

• Debbie Storey - Senior VP, AT&T


Individual and team registration is now open for the Pro-Am, ranging from $3,000 to $7,500. A new Inter-Club Challenge competition will be offered this year. All teams will be comprised of three amateurs, one LPGA Legend and one collegiate player. The Legends Tour and collegiate players compete as a team in a Best Ball competition within the Team Shamble format.


Admission to the Judson Women’s Leadership Conference is free for high school and college

students. An early-bird admission for adults is $80, plus processing fee, through April 30. All

proceeds from the conference and golf tournament benefit The JCI Foundation.


About Judson Golf 

The Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge pairs the LPGA Legends with aspiring young female golfers from across the U.S. and benefits The JCI Foundation. The five-day golf event has a mission to build a legacy and honor the Judson Family with a women’s event in Atlanta to showcase giving back to the community through golf.


For updates, follow at:

Web: www.judsongolf.com, Twitter: @jcifdn, Facebook: Judson-Collegiate-Legends-Pro-Am-Challenge


About JCI Foundation

The JCI Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit agencies that help young women achieve greatness in their lives through positive mentorship, education, and sport, enabling them to build a lifetime of fulfillment. The JCI Foundation is a private foundation with 501(c)(3) status.


About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. The tour for LPGA members age 45 and over will feature nine events in six states this year. Competition begins in March and concludes in November.The tour was founded in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 12 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 675 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 70 major championships. In its 14 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise more than $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia.


Conference and Golf Partnership Contact:

Dianne Kaseta, Partnership Development Dir.

diannekaseta@jcifoundation.org, (404) 217-1740

Foundation and Golf Event Contact:

Jackie Cannizzo, Executive Director

jackiecannizzo@jcifoundation.org, (678) 481-8484

Media Contact:

Jackie Tyson, Peloton Sports

sportsPR@pelotonsports.net, (678) 362-6228



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