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LPGA Opens Entries, Outlines Criteria for Inaugural Senior LPGA Championship

April 12, 2017


World’s best senior female golfers to compete July 10-12, 2017


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 12, 2017 – The LPGA Tour announced today the launch of entries and outlined the criteria for the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship, which will be contested July 10-12, 2017, at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana.


A total of 81 professionals will compete at the 54-hole, no-cut event for a total purse of $600,000, with a first-place prize of $90,000. The LPGA Tour announced the championship in December 2016, along with a multi-year deal with Golf Channel for live television coverage.

“The Legends Tour players can’t wait to play for a title on one of Pete Dye’s signature courses, where we will be given the true test of golf,” 13-time LPGA Tour champion and seven-time Legends Tour winner Rosie Jones said. “I’m sure it will be a fantastic week showcasing LPGA players and current players on the Legends Tour.”

“I’m proud that the LPGA has taken the lead to host the Senior LPGA Championship,” added four-time LPGA Legends Tour winner and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Lorie Kane. “We’re heading into a new chapter for senior women’s golf.”

The Senior LPGA Championship is open to female professionals age 45 and older as of July 10, 2017, while members of the LPGA and/or World Golf Halls of Fame will be given first priority to fill the field.

Next priority will be given to winners of Legends Tour events in the previous three years, including this year, followed by winners of an official LPGA Tour event in the previous 10 years.


The rest of the field will be determined as follows:

  • Top-five finishers and ties in the Senior Division at the previous year’s T&CP National Championship

  • Top-10 finishers and ties in the Championship Division at the previous year’s T&CP National Championship

  • Top-40 players on the current-year Legends Tour Performance Points List as of the commitment deadline

  • Past winners of an LPGA major championship

  • Two sponsor invites

  • Top-two finishers in the local qualifying tournament held during tournament week

  • Players ranked in the order of their position on the official LPGA Career Money List as of the commitment deadline

The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, has a long relationship with French Lick Resort and the Pete Dye Course. From 2013-2016, the course hosted the Legends Championship, counting Trish Johnson (2016), Juli Inkster (2015), Laurie Rinker (2014) and Kane (2013) as its champions.


“I’m really excited to go back to French Lick this year and play in the Senior LPGA Championship,” four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Laura Davies said. “It’s great the Legends Championship has been elevated to another level.”


Additionally, French Lick Resort will host a new Symetra Tour event on the Donald Ross Course on July 7-9, the week prior to the Senior LPGA Championship. The Donald Ross Centennial Classic at French Lick Resort, a 54-hole tournament, will have a purse of $200,000 and a winner’s payout of $30,000.


The Senior LPGA Championship will host pro-ams on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, on the Pete Dye Course. For more information on playing in the pro-am with an LPGA legend, sponsorship, to volunteer or other information, contact seniorlpga@frenchlick.com.
There will be a qualifier held at the Pete Dye Course on Thursday, July 6, with the top two finishers gaining entry to the Senior LPGA Championship.

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.


French Lick Resort is a $600 million historic restoration and casino development spread dramatically across 3,000 scenic acres. It encompasses both the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel, which have been fully restored to their original sophistication and luxury, combine for 689 rooms and are located about one mile apart. The casino, built adjacent to the French Lick Springs Hotel, opened in 2006. West Baden Springs, with its spectacular massive dome, opened in 2007 after having not been used for its original luxurious purpose since 1932. Other facilities and amenities at this world-class golf resort destination include two spas with a 36 treatment rooms (they continue to offer the Pluto Mineral Springs bath), over 51,000 square feet of gaming space, 165,000 square feet of meeting space and a variety of dining and entertainment options. Free shuttle buses serve golfers and visitors from around the world. Visit www.frenchlick.com.
Christina Lance, Senior Manager, Tour Media, christina.lance@lpga.com, 386-274-6251
Dyan Duncan, Public Relations Manager, French Lick Resort, dwelsh@frenchlick.com, 812-936-5926

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