FRENCH LICK, IN – The Legends Championship benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation will return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort next month in French Lick, Ind.
The second annual event will feature the largest purse on The Legends Tour at $500,000, with a field of 60 players competing for the championship title August 15-17.
The 2013 tournament was held in late September, but will move to a new date on the calendar this year. Rain and cold temperatures made last year’s event a real test of endurance.
Defending champion Lorie Kane of Canada will return to Indiana hoping to retain her title and already gives the new tournament date a thumbs-up of approval.
“I’m looking forward to playing the course earlier in the summer, compared to last year,” said Kane, who edged Floridian Laurie Rinker on the final hole in last year’s soggy championship. “Being the inaugural winner was a thrill.”
The championship will be contested over 54 holes, with six players competing in a Super Legends division (36 holes, Saturday & Sunday only) for ages 63 and over.
LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy, along with Legends Tour Hall of Fame member Jan Stephenson, will be in the tournament field.
In addition, one player will earn a spot into the field through a qualifying tournament, set for Wednesday on the tournament course at 8:00 AM. Eight aspiring Legends are expected to compete, including Yumiko Takeuchi of Japan who also attempted to qualify in 2013.
Tickets are $10 each day at the gate or $25 for the week for a three-day pass. Kids under 18, as well as military personnel with an ID, get in free. College golf teams also will be admitted at no charge.
Competition will begin Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM, with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. Prior to the competitive rounds, a pro-am tournament will be held Thursday at 10:00 AM. Admission to the pro-am is free.
Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation in support of the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. As one of the country’s top children’s hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health strives to provide the most advanced care and premier pediatric research in the nation.
Here is the tournament field for the 2014 Legends Championship:
Anne Marie Palli
Laura Shanahan Rowe
Kathryn Young Robyn
* Super Legends Division Player
For more information about The Legends Championship or The Legends Tour, please visit www.thelegendstour.com.
About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options. Visit www.frenchlick.com.
About Riley Children’s Foundation
Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times. Riley Hospital’s partnership with Indiana University Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. For more information, visit www.RileyKids.org.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The tour was started in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 13 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 700 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 13 seasons The Legends Tour has awarded more than $11 million in prize money and helped raise more than $14 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour visit www.thelegendstour.com.
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