The BJ’s Charity Championship presented by P&G is a unique stop on The Legends Tour for veteran LPGA stars accustomed to playing their own ball and making or breaking their own way from tee to green. Now in its third year at The Ridge Club in Sandwich, Mass., this two-person team event pairs together some of the greatest names in the history of women’s golf to compete in nine holes of four-ball (better ball of partners) on the front side, followed by nine holes of a scramble format on the back.
The lowest 18-hole team score takes the trophy and winners’ check.
“There’s not as much pressure as when you post your own score,” says Donna Caponi, a 24-time LPGA Tour champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member. Caponi won her first tournament in 1969 at the U.S. Women’s Open, one of only 14 players in history to make that major title her first win.
“If I’m out of a hole, at least I know my partner is there and vice versa,” adds Caponi.
Caponi is teaming up with Betsy King, an LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer who won 34 times on the LPGA Tour with six major championship titles. One of the most prolific winners on tour during her era, King rattled off 20 victories from 1984 – 1989, more than any golfer (male or female) at that time in the world.
“Betsy’s game has always been so spectacular,” says Caponi who also served as a television golf commentator for many years, most recently on Golf Channel. “I think we will gel.”
Caponi added that team events require at least one person to hit it long. While she admits her length has diminished over the years, partnering with King will give her the opportunity to shine on approach and around the greens.
“I’m so looking forward to playing with her and ham and egging it all the way around,” says Caponi.
Caponi and King join an incredible line-up of LPGA Legends competing in this year’s BJ’s Charity Championship on Friday, September 6, including fellow Hall of Famers Juli Inkster, Pat Bradley, Sandra Haynie, Hollis Stacy and Jan Stephenson.
Gates open at 9:00 a.m. with tee times starting at 10:00 a.m. Admission is free. Park for free at the Holly Ridge Golf Course next door and hop the complimentary shuttle to the tournament entrance.
Follow real time scoring at http://www.thelegendstour.com and catch action from the first tee through LiveStream on The Legends Tour YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/legendstour.