JOHNSON WINS INAUGURAL LPGA SENIOR PRO-AM
Christa Johnson came to Janesville eager to participate in a new Legends Tour event. After a final-round 71, Johnson leaves Wisconsin with a win at the Janesville LPGA Senior Pro-Am. This is her fifth victory on the Legends Tour and her first since the 2011 Patty Sheehan & Friends Legends Tour Event. Johnson was thrilled with the result, but said she was happier with the fun she had while playing.
“The course was in great shape. The people here were just fantastic. I had two great groups to play with,” said Johnson. “I played with some young kids, and I kind of wanted to help them out a bit and encourage them, so I think that helped encouraged me to play the best that I could.”
Johnson said she felt the community support at Janesville Country Club all weekend. “It was amazing that we were able to play and have such a successful event that people here. The people here at the club have welcomed us with open arms and they’ve really rolled out the hospitality,” said a smiling Johnson.
Pat Hurst came in solo second at -3 after shooting a final-round 69. “The golf course is a lot of fun to play on. It’s an old-style golf course which I really like,” said Hurst. “I hit some good shots and I hit some bad shots, which is golf. But I have to say my putting was pretty good.”
Michele Redman finished third at -1, with Silvia Cavalleri, Danielle Ammaccapane and Nicole Jeray in a tie for fourth at +1.
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PAT HURST LOOKING AHEAD TO ANOTHER SOLHEIM CUP
Pat Hurst may have finished second alongside her amateurs at the Janesville LPGA Senior Pro-Am, but she will play with familiar company in the next Legends Tour event. The U.S. Solheim Cup Team Vice Captain will partner with Captain Juli Inkster in the BJ’s Charity Championship on Sept. 6, a week before jetting to Scotland for the Solheim Cup. Hurst said no matter what event she is playing in, Solheim is always in the back of her and Juli’s mind.
“I think it’s stressful for Juli. She’s calling all the time, saying ‘oh my gosh, did you see so and so?’, and I just tell her ‘let’s wait it out and let it shake out’ because it will,” said Hurst. “It’s tough. The last events you’re just constantly thinking about it.”
Eight of the 12 spots on Team USA will come from the Solheim Cup points list. Two spots are held for the top two players on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings who do not qualify via the Solheim Cup Rankings. The remaining two players are selected as captain’s picks by Inkster, chosen at the end of the CP Women’s Open. “It’s nerve-racking until the end, but there’s nothing you can do until Sunday of Canada,” said Hurst.
This will be Hurst’s third consecutive time as a vice captain for Team USA. The six-time LPGA Tour winner participated in five Solheim Cups as a player, an experience she said never leaves you. “Nothing is better than representing your country,” said Hurst. “Each one of [us captains] puts our heart and soul into it and we bleed USA. That’s what makes it that much more fun.”
SECOND MAJOR OF THE SEASON ON THE HORIZON FOR LEGENDS TOUR PLAYERS
As the winner of the Janesville LPGA Senior Pro-Am, Christa Johnson receives automatic entry into the Senior LPGA Championship, the second major of the season for seniors. After hosting a Legends Tour event since 2013, French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., converted the tournament in 2017 into the first-ever major championship for senior women.
“French Lick is a great golf resort. It’s awesome, the views are awesome, and the Pete Dye course is stunning,” said Wendy Doolan, who finished T24 in last year’s tournament.
Michele Redman finished fourth at French Lick in 2017 and 2018, and said she enjoys coming back to a place she feels comfortable in. “I went to school in Indiana, so it’s kind of like going home for me a little bit. It’s really been a good experience and the people at French Lick run a great event,” said Redman.
Jane Crafter said it is phenomenal that the winner of the Senior LPGA Pro-Am can compete in the Senior LPGA Championship. “Any time you get a chance to play in a major championship, you’re ticking the box. But you’re getting the chance to play for a purse of $650,000, and anyone could win,” said Crafter. “You get to see your friends, you get to meet new friends and you get to compete in a major, so anytime you get to do that I think you’ve got to be happy.”
ABOUT THE LPGA
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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 $20 million in prize money and helped raise over $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, please visit www.thelegendstour.com.
ABOUT JANESVILLE COUNTRY CLUB
Janesville Country Club has the distinction of being the sixth country club established in the United States, the second in the Midwest and the first in Wisconsin. The club was founded in 1894 by Alexander Galbraith. He brought fifteen golf sticks, several dozen balls and a sketchy knowledge of their use with him from Scotland. The mission of Janesville Country Club is to enhance the life of its members. With over 120 years of tradition and experience, Janesville Country Club offers championship golf, a full-service outdoor pool, and outstanding dining and banquet facilities.