SUN CITY WEST, Ariz., Mar. 3, 2017 – The tournament field is set with two qualifiers advancing into the draw as The Legends Tour prepares to kick off its 2017 season on Saturday, Lori Atsedes and Moira Dunn-Bohls.
Defending champion Juli Inkster returns as a contender in this week’s 6th annual Walgreens Charity Classic, set for this weekend, March 4-5. A field of 50 veteran LPGA players will compete for a purse of $250,000 in the 36-hole event at Grandview Golf Course.
The Legends Honors Division (for players age 63 and over) will play for a separate purse. Australian Jan Stephenson is the tournament’s defending Legends Honors champion.
Qualifers Lori Atsedes and Moira Dunn-Bohls moved into the field through Friday’s qualifying tournament.
Atsedes is a teaching professional at Tres Rios golf course in Goodyear, Ariz. Dunn-Bohls, an LPGA Tour veteran, tied for second in regulation with Tracy Hanson. She won the second hole in a sudden-death playoff for the last opening in the tournament field.
“It’s nice to be from the area and it feels good to earn my way in,” said Atsedes, known as much for her third-place finish in the Golf Channel’s 2008 Big Break show, as for her 26 professional victories and seven wins on the Symetra Tour (formerly Futures Tour).
Fighting a wind blowing 10-12 mph throughout the qualifier, Atsedes said she knew she would be challenged to hold the greens in the wind because she doesn’t hit the ball high to land it softly on the putting surface.
“Sometimes I worry too much about my putting and don’t give myself a chance, so today, I was just trying to be peaceful about it, and if they went in, they went in, and if they didn’t -- just stay positive,” she added. “So there I was at the end having to make a three-footer because I left my first putt short, and it went in.”
Like Atsedes, Dunn-Bohls praised the quality of the greens at Grandview Golf Course, but admitted to being nervous during today’s qualifying event.
“I can’t remember the last time I had a playoff,” said Dunn-Bohls, who won once and posted 23 career top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour. “It worked out today, but it was a little nerve-wracking.”
Brandie Burton of San Bernardino, Calif., will make her Legends Tour debut on Saturday. The LPGA Tour veteran recorded five wins and 88 top-10 finishes during her LPGA career.
Burton and longtime Phoenix resident Danielle Ammaccapane were All-American players on the Arizona State University women's golf team. Ammaccapane won the individual NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship in 1985, while Burton helped ASU win the 1990 NCAA Division I Women’s team championship.
Past Walgreens Charity Classic champions Rosie Jones, Michele Redman and Kris Tschetter join Inkster as players hoping to add a second title at Grandview Golf Course.
“Everybody’s more relaxed out here [on The Legends Tour] and it’s definitely a more fun place to play golf,” added Dunn-Bohls. “But everyone is still competitive and wants to play well.”
Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day of the professional tournament with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m.
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.
Free public parking for the tournament 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.
Listed below are the first-round pairings for the Walgreens Charity Classic:
8:30 a.m. Lori Atsedes | Moira Dunn-Bohls
8:40 a.m. Karen Davies | Becky Iverson
8:50 a.m. Anne Marie Palli | Barb Bunkowsky
9 a.m. Lori West | Janet Anderson
9:10 a.m. Kathyrn Young Robyn | Jean Bartholomew
9:20 a.m. Donna Andrews | Tina Tombs
9:30 a.m. Kim Eaton (a) | Patti Rizzo
9:40 a.m. Cindy Figg-Currier | Kelly Loeb (a)
9:50 a.m. Jenny Lidback | Allison Finney
10 a.m. Alicia Dibos | Nicole Jeray
10:10 a.m. Marilyn Lovander | Martha Nause
10:20 a.m. Cindy Rarick | Jane Crafter
10:30 a.m. Sandra Palmer (LHD) | Sandra Haynie (LHD)
10:40 a.m. Judy Dickinson (LHD) | Shelley Hamlin (LHD)
10:50 a.m. Jerilyn Britz (LHD) | Jane Blalock (LHD)
11 a.m. Barb Moxness | Jan Stephenson (LHD)
11:10 a.m. Val Skinner | Nancy Scranton
11:20 a.m. Brandie Burton | Christa Johnson
11:30 a.m. Wendy Doolan | Barb Mucha
11:40 a.m. Danielle Ammaccapane | Laurie Rinker
11:50 a.m. Lisa Grimes | Michelle McGann
12 p.m. Kris Tschetter | Lorie Kane
12:10 p.m. Trish Johnson | Pat Hurst
12:20 p.m. Rosie Jones | Patty Sheehan
12:30 p.m. Amy Alcott | Hollis Stacy
12:40 p.m. Pat Bradley | Michele Redman
12:50 p.m. Betsy King | Juli Inkster
(LHD) - Legends Honors Division
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