(BOSTON – February 7, 2019) – The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA, is pleased to announce the return of over 20 veteran LPGA Tour stars to Corning, N.Y. for the 100th anniversary celebration of The Corning Country Club, host of the LPGA Corning Classic for 31 consecutive years, the longest running tournament in LPGA Tour history.
As part of The Corning Country Club’s week-long celebration, select Legends Tour members and Corning past champions will tee it up in the Corning Legends Invitational on July 26 and 27. Formats will include a Legends Professionals Shoot-Out and a Legends Pro-Am. The celebration and Legends events are being sponsored by The Corning Country Club.
“In 2019, The Corning Country Club will have served our community for a hundred years. The Board of Directors of the Club felt that the need to celebrate this milestone could not be passed by without recognizing its place in history throughout our region,” said Kirk Gregg, President of The Corning Country Club. “Including past champions and LPGA players from the Legends Tour is a great capstone for what will be a fantastic event to honor our legacy as a Club.”
The Corning Classic was last played in 2009 and won by Taiwan’s Yani Tseng. The first Classic title was captured by Penny Pulz of Australia in 1979. Along the 31-year stretch, the Corning Classic was dominated by great champions and current Legends Tour and LPGA Hall of Fame members Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Patty Sheehan, Pat Bradley, Besty King (2-time winner) and Juli Inkster. Rosie Jones, a 13-time LPGA Tour champion with seven wins on The Legends Tour, won the Corning Classic two years in a row – in 1996 and 1997.
While the 20-player Legends field for the 2019 Corning Legends Invitational is in still its formative stages, early Legends Tour player commitments include 1990 Corning Classic Champion and LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, Hall of Famers Sandra Haynie and Jan Stephenson and 27-time LPGA Tour Champion Jane Blalock.
“The Corning Classic at The Corning Country Club was always one of my favorite stops on the LPGA Tour,” said Blalock, a prolific LPGA Tour competitor who spearheaded the founding of The Legends Tour nearly 20 years ago. “I was overwhelmed with the number of fans and their unrivaled passion for our players.”
Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Gail Graham, also scheduled to appear in the Corning Legends Invitational, agrees. “I can think of no other town than Corning that had as much affection for women’s professional golf during that historical stretch,” said Graham. “We are thrilled to be part of this homecoming.”
Sponsorships to support the Corning Legends Invitational and other events celebrating the club’s 100-year anniversary will be sought from The Corning Country Club membership and local businesses. A portion of the event’s net proceeds will be donated to support local First Tee programs.
“The First Tee of Corning is delighted to join in this celebration,” said Dawn Marie Castellana, Executive Director, The First Tee of Corning. “Our 19-year partnership with the club has introduced thousands of area youth to the game which we hope will keep The Corning Country Club a vibrant center of our community for another 100 years.”
More information will become available as planning is finalized. For more information about The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.
About The Corning Country Club
Situated in beautiful wine country, also known as the Finger Lakes Region, Corning Country Club's remarkable golf course, superb amenities, superlative guest service and year-long schedule of golf and social activities provide members with a foursome of outstanding opportunities to enjoy and create lifelong memories. For more information, visit www.corningcountryclub.com.