LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster wears a lot of hats these days as an LPGA Tour member, the 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain and a TV commentator for Fox Sports. But while she doesn’t get to compete as much as she would like, the Californian said she is looking forward to competing in her first Legends Championship, presented by Old National Bank. The Legends Tour’s only major championship will be staged Aug. 28-30. The third annual, 36-hole event will return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana, which hosted the 2015 Senior PGA Championship earlier this year. The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the tournament and that French Lick is a tough golf course,” said Inkster, who has 31 LPGA Tour wins, including seven major championships.
“And having played Crooked Stick Golf Club, another Pete Dye-designed course, in the 2005 Solheim Cup, I know you have to think your way around his courses,” added Inkster. “His courses challenge your game and you have to be hitting the ball well to score.”
Inkster mentioned the course-record, 9-under-par 63 score recorded by Sherri Steinhauer at the 2014 Legends Championship.
“Maybe there are some low scores to be had at French Lick,” she said. “We’ll be playing there at a good time of year, so hopefully we’ll have good weather and get some great crowds to come support the Legends Tour.”
Inkster will be in the TV booth again for Fox Sports next week at the U.S. Women’s Open Championship. She plans to take off a week after the Open, and then play two LPGA tournaments, including the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open.
But between competitions and broadcasting duties, Inkster will also be watching top American players to prepare as captain for her U.S. squad at the Solheim Cup in September. The U.S. side has lost the last two biennial events to Europe and this year’s Solheim Cup will be staged in Germany.
“I have a lot of things going on,” said the all-time top points winner as a U.S. Solheim Cup Team member. “But I enjoy playing and that’s why I do it.”
A field of 56 Legends of the LPGA players will compete for a purse of $300,000 at this year’s championship. A special event will be held for six “Super LPGA Legends” (age 63 and over), who will compete for a separate purse.
The event’s pro-am tournament will be held on Aug. 28, followed by the two tournament rounds. All tournament proceeds will benefit Riley’s Children’s Foundation. Florida’s Laurie Rinker will return to defend her title, and Steinhauer, who will seek her third Legends Tour tournament win, hopes to improve on her 2014 runner-up finish.
For tickets and event details, visit www.frenchlick.com.
For more information on The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.
About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $581 million restoration and development project including West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Southern Indiana resort destination features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000 square-foot casino; 63-holes of golf, including the Donald Ross Course and the Pete Dye Course; two full-service spas, meeting and event space, and an array of entertainment options. This historic resort has also hosted other golf events including the 76TH Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (2015), the LPGA Legends Championship (2013-2015), the PGA Professional National Championship (2010), the Big Ten Conference Men’s and Women’s Championships (2012-2014), and USGA Men’s State Team Championships (2014). For more information, visit www.frenchlick.com
About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit www.RileyKids.org.
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.
French Lick Resort
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