England’s Trish Johnson will lead a field of top contenders at this year’s second annual Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing and returns to the Pacific Northwest hoping to defend her title as champion. Set for June 6-8, at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., the three-time Legends Tour winner hopes to maintain the momentum she started with her win at the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship in 2017. She also tied for runner-up honors with Juli Inkster two weeks ago at the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
“I’m excited to defend because I love the course and really look forward to returning to the area,” said Johnson, who won last year’s inaugural event by five strokes with an opening-round score of 66. “I’m going to try to beat my score from last year.”
The entire list of top-10 finishers from last year’s tournament will return to White Horse, including runner-up Lisa Grimes and third-place finisher Michelle McGann.
LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame players in the field will be Washington native JoAnne Carner, Juli Inkster of California, and Florida residents Hollis Stacy and 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Jan Stephenson, a native of Australia.
New to the tournament field this year will be Legends Tour players Danielle Ammaccapane, Janet Anderson, Wendy Doolan, Sue Ertl, Tammie Green, Juli Inkster, Christa Johnson and Tina Tombs.
Maria Hjorth McBride will also make her first appearance at the event in her Legends Tour debut. The native of Sweden won five LPGA Tour events and competed as a member of the European Solheim Cup Team from 2002-2011.
“I only have great memories from Seattle, since this is where I won my first LPGA tournament in 1998 at the Safeco Classic,” said McBride, who now lives in Orlando, Fla.
“And it’s great to be a ‘rookie’ again at age 45 and to catch up with all the players that I used to play with and look up to when I first got on tour in 1998,” she added. “I love this part of the country and I’m looking forward to playing on The Legends Tour.”
Thirty-six professionals will compete for a $200,000 purse. In addition, four top area amateurs will play alongside the Legends, including Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion.
Two final spots in the field will be filled at a local qualifying tournament, set for Wednesday, June 5, at White Horse Golf Club. That event will start at 2 p.m.
The pro-am is set for Thursday, June 6, starting with an 11 a.m. shotgun start, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.
Gates open at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with tee times starting at 11 a.m.
Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for two days. Kids 12 and under get in free. All Boeing employees get in free with ID.
Free public parking is available at Clearwater Casino Resort or Bayside Community Church and includes a complimentary shuttle directly to the golf course.
A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit official charity partners American Diabetes Association Camp Sealth and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation.
Event details are available at http://www.ClearwaterLegends.com.
For more info on The Legends Tour and for real-time scoring, visit http://www.TheLegendsTour.com. To view free live streaming from the first tee for both rounds, subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/legendstour.
Here is the final field for the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:
Ammaccapane, Danielle – Los Angeles, Calif.
Anderson, Janet - Phoenix, Ariz.
Bartholomew, Jean - Garden City, N.Y.
Blalock, Jane - Cambridge, Mass.
Carner, JoAnne - Lake Worth, Fla.
Crosby, Elaine - Jackson, Mich.
Dibos, Alicia - Greenwich, Conn.
Doolan, Wendy - Lakeland, Fla.
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.
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 Isl., Canada
Little (a), Jackie Proctor - B.C. Canada
McBride, Maria Hjorth - Orlando, Fla.
McGann, Michelle - N. 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.
Tombs, Tina – Phoenix, Ariz.
Ward, Wendy - Spokane, Wash.
West, Lori - Glenwood, Colo.
Wicks (a), Anita - Roseburg, Ore.
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.