Photo by USGA/Chris Keane
SEATTLE, May 15, 2019 – A field of 36 legendary LPGA Tour members will make the Seattle area its next stop following this week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship in North Carolina. At least 17 competitors from the Senior Women’s Open will be in the field June 6-8, for this year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.
Once again, the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., will host The Legends Tour, along with four top area senior women amateur invitees in this year’s second annual event. And the Seattle event’s defending champion, Trish Johnson, who is in the field for this week’s USGA championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., hopes to keep her competitive juices flowing on the west coast for a second year.
“I’ve played a few tournaments recently, so I feel ready,” said Johnson of Great Britain, prior to her Thursday opening round at the Senior Women’s Open. “This new major championship is a massive plus for senior women’s golf. I didn’t win a major like so many of these players did on the LPGA Tour, so this is my chance in later life.”
One of Europe’s top women players for more than two decades, Johnson is also eager to return to White Horse Golf Club for The Legends Tour event.
“I felt really comfortable the moment I arrived for the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup last year, and that normally makes for good golf,” she added. “I played really well to win, so I’m looking forward to trying to better my score from last year.”
Michigan’s Elaine Crosby also anticipated a return to Pine Needles this week after having played there in the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open. Like Johnson, she hopes a week of major championship competition will translate into top competitive form when The Legends Tour heads to the Pacific Northwest.
“Having majors to still play in is very important for women’s golf,” said Crosby, first-round leader of last year’s Women’s Senior Open. “And I’m really looking forward to going back to White Horse. We feel so welcomed by the tribe and we are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our skills on their course.”
LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster, runner-up to Dame Laura Davies of Great Britain in the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, will make her first appearance in the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup next month following her stop in Southern Pines.
Three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Hollis Stacy will also springboard her week at the Senior Women’s Open to the Kitsap peninsula in her return to the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup.
Washington native JoAnne Carner, at age 80, will be the oldest competitor in this week’s major championship and hopes to break her age in single-round scoring. The LPGA Hall of Famer shot her age (79) last year at the inaugural Women’s Senior Open and says this will likely be her final USGA championship. The Kirkland native then plans to head home to Washington for the tournament at White Horse Golf Club next month.
Two top-10 finishers in last year’s Senior Women’s Open will be in the field at the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup. Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann finished tied for sixth at the 2018 Open and tied for fourth at the 2018 Legends Cup Tammie Green of Ohio finished tied for eighth at last year’s Open and will be making her first appearance in this year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup.
Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, is playing in this week’s Senior Women’s Open and will be one of four area amateurs invited to play in The Legends Tour’s Seattle-area event.
The pro-am is set for Thursday, June 6, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. The field of 36 Legends professionals will compete for a $200,000 purse.
A portion of the event’s ticket sales will benefit the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sealth and The Burned Children Recovery Foundation.
Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com or at the gate on tournament days and include free public parking at Clearwater Casino Resort and Bayside Community Church with complimentary shuttle service to the course. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days.
For more details, visit www.TheLegendstour.com.
Here is the field to date for the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:
Anderson, Janet - Phoenix, Ariz.
Bartholomew, Jean - Garden City, N.Y. *
Blalock, Jane - Cambridge, Mass.
Burton, Brandie - LaVerne, Calif.
Carner, JoAnne - Lake Worth, Fla. *
Crosby, Elaine - Jackson, Mich. *
Dibos, Alicia - Greenwich, Conn. *
Drew, Heather - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
Ertl, Sue - Bradenton, Fla.
Finney, Allison - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
Folsom (a), Leslie - Tukwila, Wash. *
Graham, Gail - Naples, Fla.
Green, Tammie - Somerset, Ohio *
Grimes, Lisa - Alexandria, Minn. *
McBride, Maria - Tampa, Fla.
Hurst, Pat - Danville, Calif.
Inkster, Juli - Los Altos, Calif. *
Jeray, Nicole - Berwyn, Ill.
Johnson, Trish - London, England *
Johnson, Christa - Tucson, Ariz. *
Jones, Rosie - Hilton Head, S.C.
Kane, Lorie – Prince Edward Island, Canada *
Little (a), Jackie Proctor - British Columbia, Canada
McGann, Michelle - North Palm Beach, Fla.
Miller, Cindy - Buffalo, N.Y.
Neumann, Liselotte - Rancho Mirage, Calif. *
Palmer, Sandra - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rarick, Cindy - Tucson, Ariz.
Redman, Michele - Plymouth, Minn. *
Scranton, Nancy - St. Augustine, Fla. *
Stacy, Hollis - Holmes Beach, Fla. *
Stephenson, Jan - Sydney, Australia *
Tennant (a), Lara - Portland, Ore. *
Ward, Wendy - Spokane, Wash.
West, Lori - Glenwood, Colo.
Whaley Suzy – Hartford, Conn.
Wicks (a), Anita - Roseburg, Ore.
* Playing this week in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship
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.