LPGA Legends Championship at French Lick Resort

lpga_legends_championshipLocated about four hours south of Chicago, French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana has hosted a number of notable golf events recently including the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship and this year’s Big Ten Championships. This August 13-17, the top players in LPGA history visit French Lick Resort for the Legends Championship, benefiting the Riley Children’s Hospital for Children at IU Health Foundation. The Legends Championship will be played Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the Pete Dye Course.

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 12 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members.

The players will compete over 54 holes for the largest purse on the Legends Tour at $500,000. The winner will earn $75,000. There will also be a 36-hole “Super Legends” event on Saturday and Sunday featuring Hall of Famers including Jane Blalock who won 27 times on the LPGA Tour.

Women’s golf at French Lick Resort dates back to 1958 when Louise Suggs captured the French Lick Women’s Open on the French Lick Resort Donald Ross course. The 1959 LPGA Championship was played at French Lick and won by Betsy Rawls and again in 1960 by the legendary Mickey Wright on the Ross course.

Resort Charity Events, the non-profit foundation for French Lick Resort, has already pledged $50,000 to the Riley Children’s Foundation, which benefits Indiana’s only nationally ranked and comprehensive children’s hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children. Resort Charity Events will also donate 80 percent of the net profits from the tournament.

“The legends were so wonderful last year, and they are such talented friendly and gregarious people on top of being the greatest players in the game,” Alice Dye said. “It was such a great event for so many of our ladies who stayed and watched after our invitational. The week was a huge success last year, a celebration and I expect the week to be even more successful this year.”

The Legends Championship event will feature a variety of activities, including two days of professional competition, a Pro-Am Sponsor event, the Alice Dye Women’s Invitational, LPGA’s Women’s Clinic and other community outreach programs that will enrich the lives of youth throughout Indiana and surrounding states. Also included is the Healthy Kids Pavilion, which will promote a variety of healthy activities for kids.

“French Lick has without a doubt put the Legends Tour on the map, and it is the finest and most challenging golf course and best tournament we have ever played,” Blalock said. “To have the celebration with Alice Dye, then a tremendous tournament with all the great players and finally the Hall of Fame induction with the greatest players in our game, it is simply a tremendous trifecta. Everything from the West Baden Springs Hotel to the vistas from the clubhouse to the way we were treated and that tremendous golf course was just perfect.”

French Lick Resort is one of the premier resorts in Southern Indiana and features the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick. Riley Children’s Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. Riley Hospital is Indiana’s only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children.

LPGA Legends Championship

August 13-17, 2014
8670 Indiana 56
French Lick, IN 47432

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Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report, which launched in 2010.

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