Legends Tour members will once again pair with juniors at this year’s ANA Junior Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Set for Sunday, March 25, the event will team two junior girls with 24 LPGA veterans in a best-ball format that will coincide with the final round of the ANA Junior Inspiration. Designed to foster mentorship between LPGA legends and future leaders in the game, the event kicks off the LPGA’s first major championship of the season, the ANA Inspiration, set for March 26-April 1.
Twenty Legends participated in the 2017 event, with a roster of 24 Legends expecting to pair with 48 juniors this year.
“I really enjoyed playing with the juniors in the ANA Junior Inspiration last year,” said LPGA Hall of Fame member Betsy King, who won the single-round event in 2017. “It was also fun to play on the Dinah Shore Course and playing well brought back memories of competing in the championship.”
King won three times at the LPGA’s major championship at Mission Hills Country Club, capturing titles at the 1987, 1990 and 1997 Nabisco Dinah Shore.
“I’m excited to be at the ANA again this year,” added King, a 34-time LPGA Tour winner. “It’s fun to see the young golfers and to reminisce with the other past champions.”
Ten former champions will be in the field to compete alongside the junior competitors, including three-time Nabisco Dinah Shore winner Amy Alcott, who won in 1983, 1988 and 1991.
Alcott also became the first tournament winner to leap into the pond adjacent to the 18th green at Mission Hills – starting a tradition that continues today.
Mission Hills has hosted an LPGA event since 1972, with the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle held from 1972-1980, followed by: the Colgate-Dinah Shore (1981); the Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational (1982); the Nabisco Dinah Shore (1983-1999); the
Nabisco Championship (2000-2001); the Kraft Nabisco Championship (2002-2014); to the ANA Inspiration, from 2015 to present.
Here is the current field of Legends Tour players committing to play:
Amy Alcott – Santa Monica, Calif.
Donna Andrews – Southern Pines, N.C.
Susie Berning – Indio, Calif.
Jane Blalock – Cambridge, Mass.
Pat Bradley – West Hyannisport, Mass.
Brandie Burton – LaVerne, Calif.
Donna Caponi – Orlando, Fla.
Jane Geddes – Orlando, Fla.
Gail Graham - Naples, Fla.
Sandra Haynie - Ft. Worth, Texas
Pat Hurst – Danville, Calif.
Christa Johnson – Tucson, Ariz.
Rosie Jones – Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Betsy King – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jenny Lidback – Rio Verde, Ariz.
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc – Jupiter, Fla.
Liselotte Neumann – Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Sandra Palmer – Long Beach, Calif.
Laurie Rinker – Stuart, Fla.
Patty Sheehan – Reno, Nev.
Hollis Stacy – Holmes Beach, Fla.
Jan Stephenson – New Port Richey, Calif.
Wendy Ward – Spokane, Wash.
For more information, visit www.anainspiration.com.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.