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October 13, 2019

 

Major champions and members of the World Golf Hall of Fame and LPGA Hall of Fame return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort Oct. 14-16, 2019 for the Senior LPGA Championship. The 54-hole event made its debut as a major for senior women, the first of its kind, in 2017. Inaugural winner Trish Johnson and defending champion Laura Davies highlight a field that includes three World Golf Hall of Fame members, 17 major champions and 24 former Solheim Cup stars. 

 

Dame Laura Davies, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015, added to her list of accolades by setting the Senior LPGA Championship 54-hole scoring record and claiming the senior major victory in 2018 by four strokes. Davies is a 20-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time major champion, with 85 professional wins worldwide. She also was a 12-time European Solheim Cup team member and was a vice-captain for the victorious 2019 European squad. 

 

Trish Johnson was a wire-to-wire winner in 2017, capturing the first-ever senior women’s major title. Johnson is one of the most prolific winners on the Ladies European Tour (LET), with 19 titles to her name and third most in LET history. The three-time LPGA Tour winner also has four Legends Tour wins under her belt.

 

Juli Inkster will also compete in French Lick, Ind. The 31-time LPGA Tour winner, who was inducted into the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1999 and 2000, respectively, will make her first competitive appearance since captaining the 2019 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. Inkster is a seven-time major champion, and has won five Legends Tour titles, including this year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup. 

 

Notable newcomers include two-time LPGA Tour winner and major champion Karen Stupples. Stupples, who is a Golf Channel broadcaster and analyst, is competing in a senior event for the first time in French Lick. Tammie Green, a seven-time Tour winner and major champion, also tees it up for the first time at the Senior LPGA Championship. 

 

GOLF CHANNEL TIMES (all times Eastern)

Monday, Oct. 14 – 3-6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 – 3-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 – 3-6 p.m.  

 

LAST CHAMPIONS AND RUNNERS-UP

2017: Trish Johnson, 212 (-4); Michele Redman, 215 (-1)

2018: Laura Davies, 208 (-8); Helen Alfredsson and Silvia Cavalleri, 212 (-4)

 

TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORDS

18 holes: 66, Brandie Burton, 2018 (second round)

36 holes: 138, Laura Davies, 2018

54 holes: 208, Laura Davies, 2018

 

WHO’S IN THE SENIOR LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD

 

Past Champions*:

Laura Davies (2018), Trish Johnson (2017, 2016), Juli Inkster (2015), Laurie Rinker (2014), Lorie Kane (2013)

 

*2017 was the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank. From 2013-2016, French Lick Resort hosted the Legends Championship (a non-major). 

 

World Golf Hall of Fame Members (3):

Juli Inkster (2000), Hollis Stacy (2012), Laura Davies (2015)

 

LPGA Hall of Fame Members (1):

Juli Inkster (1999)

 

LPGA Major Champions, 17 (# of majors won):

Juli Inkster (7), Laura Davies (4), Hollis Stacy (4), Jan Stephenson (3), Brandie Burton (2), Jane Geddes (2), Helen Alfredsson (1), Donna Andrews (1), Tammie Green (1), Pat Hurst (1), Christa Johnson (1), Cathy Johnston-Forbes (1), Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (1), Martha Nause (1), Liselotte Neumann (1), Nancy Scranton (1), Karen Stupples (1)

 

LPGA Winners (# of LPGA titles won):

Juli Inkster (31), Laura Davies (20), Hollis Stacy (18), Rosie Jones (13), Liselotte Neumann (13), Jane Geddes (11), Christa Johnson (9), Helen Alfredsson (7), Danielle Ammaccapane (7), Tammie Green (7), Michelle McGann (7), Donna Andrews (6), Pat Hurst (6), Val Skinner (6), Brandie Burton (5), Cindy Rarick (5), Maria McBride (5), Barb Mucha (5), Lorie Kane (4), Patti Rizzo (4), Trish Johnson (3), Nancy Scranton (3), Maggie Will (3), Elaine Crosby (2), Gail Graham (2), Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (2), Janice Moodie (2), Anne Marie Palli (2), Michele Redman (2), Laurie Rinker (2), Karen Stupples (2), Barb Bunkowsky Scherbak (1), Silvia Cavalleri (1), Jane Crafter (1), Moira Dunn-Bohls (1), Cindy Figg-Currier (1), Amy Fruhwirth (1), Jackie Gallagher-Smith (1), Kathryn Imrie (1), Becky Iverson (1), Cathy Johnston-Forbes (1), Leta Lindley (1), Catrin Nilsmark (1), Lenore Rittenhouse (1), Charlotta Sorenstam (1), Tina Tombs (1), Kris Tschetter (1) 

 

Sponsor Invites:

Lori Atsedes, Clarissa Childs, Cheryl Fox, Kathryn Young-Robyn

 

QUICK FACTS

The tournament will again benefit Riley Children’s Foundation, which is connected to Riley Children’s Hospital, the premier children’s hospital in the region.

 

Helen Alfredsson captured the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

 

Tracy Hanson is the lone Indiana native in the field (Rathdrum, Ind.); Michele Redman is a graduate of Indiana University

 

Players in the field will represent nine different countries: Australia, Canada, England, France, Italy, Scotland, Sweden, the U.S. and Wales. 

 

SOLHEIM CUP STARS

The Senior LPGA Championship boasts a field of players with experience in the most prestigious biennial golf tournament over the years. The 2019 Senior LPGA Championship field features 24 players who have made a combined 92 appearances at the Solheim Cup. Juli Inkster, captain of the 2019 U.S. Solheim Cup Team for the third time, returns to the Pete Dye course with one of her vice-captains Pat Hurst and European vice-captains Laura Davies and Kathryn Imrie.

 

The 2019 Solheim Cup took place in Perthshire, Scotland from Sept. 13-15 at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles. Team Europe captured the Cup for the first time since 2013, defeating the U.S. 14.5-13.5 in the remarkable three-day match-play event.

 

Team USA:

Danielle Ammaccapane (1992)

Donna Andrews (1994, 1998)

Brandie Burton (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000)

Jane Geddes (1996)

Pat Hurst (1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007)

Juli Inkster (1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)

Becky Iverson (2000)

Christa Johnson (1998)

Rosie Jones (1990, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005)

Michelle McGann (1996)

Michele Redman (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005)

Nancy Scranton (2000)

Val Skinner (1996)

 

Team Europe:

Helen Alfredsson (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2009)

Laura Davies (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)

Kathryn Imrie (1996)

Trish Johnson (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007)

Maria McBride (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)

Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (2000, 2003)

Janice Moodie (2000, 2003, 2009)

Liselotte Neumann (1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000)

Catrin Nilsmark (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000)

Charlotta Sorenstam (1998)

Karen Stupples (2005, 2011) 

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