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The Legends Championship Returns to French Lick

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Categories: NewsTournaments

The Legends Championship Returns to French Lick Resort Aug. 19-21
Tickets available in early June with all proceeds benefitting Riley Hospital for Children

FRENCH LICK, IND – The Legends Tour will return to The Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick Resort Properties this summer for the fourth annual Legends Championship presented by Old National Bank Aug. 19-21. Tickets will go on sale June 1 with all proceeds benefitting Riley Hospital for Children.

“We are honored to be able to continue supporting Riley Hospital for Children and help provide healing to the families who receive care during the more than 300,000 annual patient visits,” said Joe Vezzoso – Vice President of Resort Operations for French Lick Resort. “Through Resort Charity Events, French Lick Resort, and our many sponsors, The Legends Championship presented by Old National Bank has become a wonderful event to raise awareness and funding to help families and children in need across the state of Indiana.”

The Pete Dye Championship Course has played host not only to The Legends Tour, but also to the 2015 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. This year’s Legends Tour event will bring a field of 50 Legends division players and eight Legends Honors division players (age 63 and over) to compete in the 36-hole championship.
“It’s a beautiful piece of property,” said Michelle McGann, a seven-time LPGA Tour winner, referring to the dramatic site the course is situated on – one of the highest points in the state – offering panoramic views in all directions that stretch for 30-40 miles.

Nancy Scranton, who has won five times on The Legends Tour, agrees.
“I love the par-4 eleventh hole at French Lick because you’re way up high on the tee box,” said Scranton, who grew up in nearby Illinois. “I don’t normally hit a very high ball, but it makes me feel really long on that hole and you can come close to driving the green.”

The Legends Championship will offer a tournament purse of $325,000, awarding $37,700 to the champion. The Legends Honors event will compete for a separate purse.

The tournament will open with its official pro-am on Friday, Aug. 19, followed by the first round of play on Saturday, Aug. 20, and the championship round on Sunday, Aug. 21.
“The French Lick Resort, its supporting sponsors and the organizing committee for The Legends Championship have been so hospitable and gracious,” said Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock, who will compete in the Legends Honors division. “The Legends are deeply grateful and look forward to competing in this signature championship once again in August.”
Tickets will be $15 for adults, with youth 17 and under admitted free. Tickets will be valid for both rounds of the championship and all proceeds from ticket sales will benefit

Riley Hospital for Children.
To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

The field to date for The Legends Championship presented by Old National Bank is as follows:
Blalock, Jane (LHD)
Caponi, Donna (LHD) (HOF)
Crosby, Elaine
Davies, Laura (HOF)
Dibos, Alicia
Dickinson, Judy (LHD)
Doolan, Wendy
Figg-Currier, Cindy
Geddes, Jane
Haynie, Sandra (LHD) (HOF)
Jones, Rosie
Kane, Lorie (2013 Champion)
Lidback, Jenny
Lovander, Marilyn
McGann, Michelle
Moxness, Barb
Nause, Martha
Palmer, Sandra (LHD)
Rarick, Cindy
Redman, Michele
Rinker, Laurie (2014 Champion)
Scranton, Nancy
Tschetter, Kris
West, Lori
Young Robyn, Kathryn
* LHD, Legends Honors Division; HOF, LPGA/World Golf Hall of Fame

For more information on The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 16th season, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a $600 million historic restoration and casino development spread dramatically across 3,000 scenic acres. It encompasses both the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel, which have been fully restored to their original sophistication and luxury, combine for 689 rooms and are located about one mile apart. The casino, built adjacent to the French Lick Springs Hotel, opened in 2006. West Baden Springs, with its spectacular massive dome, opened in 2007 after having not been used for its original luxurious purpose since 1932. Other facilities and amenities at this world-class golf resort destination include two spas with a 36 treatment rooms (they continue to offer the Pluto Mineral Springs bath), over 51,000 square feet of gaming space, 165,000 square feet of meeting space and a variety of dining and entertainment options. Free shuttle buses serve golfers and visitors from around the world. 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 RileyKids.org.

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