SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. – Nine players will arrive at Grandview Golf Course on Friday, hoping to earn entry into the 6th annual Walgreens Charity Classic.
Two spots in the tournament field will be awarded to the players who post the two lowest scores in Friday’s qualifier. Qualifiers will compete in the season-opening professional event, set for Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5.
Highlighting the qualifying field will be Moira Dunn-Bohls, who will tee off in the first group at 8 a.m. Playing on the LPGA as Moira Dunn, the upstate New Yorker posted 23 top-10 career finishes on the LPGA Tour, including one win a the 2004 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. She also tied for seventh at both the 2004 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2005 LPGA Championship.
North Carolinian Cathy Johnston-Forbes will play at 8:20 a.m. She posted 14 career top-10 finishes in 23 years on the LPGA Tour, and won the 1990 du Maurier Classic in Canada – then one of the LPGA’s major championships.
Johnston-Forbes had a runner-up finish in 1997, posted a career-low score of 64, and tied for fourth at the 2000 Nabisco Championship -- also an LPGA major. She will play with Lisa DePaulo of Texas, who won the 2015 Walgreens Charity Championship qualifier to move into that tournament.
Another former LPGA standout in Friday’s qualifier will be Tracy Hanson, who recorded 16 LPGA career top-10s, and finished second in the LPGA’s 1995 Rookie of the Year race behind fellow San Jose State University player Pat Hurst. Hanson posted three top-10 finishes in 1998, including a second-place finish at the Rainbow Foods LPGA Classic, where she lost in a sudden-death playoff.
Journeymen professionals Lori Atsedes of New York and Angela Buzminski of Ontario, Canada, are also competing for a spot in the field. Atsedes is the career money winner on the Symetra Tour with earnings of $226,122 in 241 events, with seven wins. Currently a teaching professional at Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz., Atsedes finished third on the Golf Channel’s 2008 Big Break show in Hawaii.
Like Atsedes, Buzminski also played on both the LPGA and Symetra Tour (then called the Futures Tour). The Canadian and current California teaching professional is No. 4 on the Symetra Tour’s career money list with earnings of $192,019 in 221 events, with five wins and 30 top-10 finishes.
The Legends Tour event will offer a purse of $250,000 at the 36-hole tournament. The Legends Honors Division (for players age 63 and over) will play for a separate purse.
Free public parking for this weekend’s tournament rounds will be offered at RH Johnson Social Hall on Meeker Boulevard, with complimentary shuttle service from the public parking to the main gate at Grandview Golf Course.
Daily tickets are $15 at the gate. Advance tickets are on sale at area Walgreens stores, offering a $5 discount of $10 per ticket. Kids age 13-under, as well as active military with I.D., will be admitted free.
Listed below are players in the Walgreens Charity Classic qualifier:
Shanahan Rowe, Laura
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