Seven members of The Legends Tour are in the tournament field at this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The inaugural event, set for June 11-14 at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., is a new major championship on the LPGA Tour. The $3.5 million event replaces the former LPGA Championship and is operated by the PGA of America in partnership with the LPGA.
Legends Tour members in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship field this week are Jean Bartholomew, Laura Davies, Lisa Grimes, Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster, Catriona Matthew and Laurie Rinker.
“I’m excited to be playing in an LPGA tournament, especially a major, and the first KPMG Women’s PGA Championship,” said Laurie Rinker of Stuart, Fla., a four-time Legends Tour winner. “It’s been fun seeing some players that I played with on the LPGA Tour and meeting some of the younger pros.”
Rinker won two LPGA tournaments before joining the Legends Tour. She qualified for this week’s event as a top-eight finisher in the 2014 LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) National Championship.
Other players who advanced into this week’s LPGA major by finishing among the top eight in the 2014 T&CP National Championship are Bartholomew and Grimes. Bartholomew, a former LPGA Tour member of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won last year’s LPGA T&CP National Championship. Grimes is a former LPGA Tour member and teaching professional in Gold Canyon, Ariz.
Both Davies of Great Britain and California's Inkster qualified as past winners of the LPGA Championship and through the LPGA’s current season money list. Both are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Hurst, a California native, qualified through the LPGA’s current-year money list, while Scotland’s Matthew, who joined the Legends Tour this year, qualified through the LPGA’s current season money list and as a 2013 member of the European Solheim Cup team.
“I definitely do not practice or play as much now as I did when I was on the LPGA Tour, but I’m looking forward to competing this week and my recent success on the Legends Tour has given me confidence in my ability to compete,” said Rinker, 52, a mother of two.
“My goals this week are the same as when I compete in Legends Tour events, and that is to have fun and to stay in the process of my own game,” Rinker added.
The championship features 99 of the LPGA’s top-100 season money winners in a field of 156 players, including 23 major champions. Davies won the former LPGA Championship in 1994 and 1996, while Inkster won the championship in 1999 and 2000.
The event will be televised on NBC and Golf Channel. Check your local listing for times.
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About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began 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 13 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 14 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $16 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com
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