This week 43 LPGA Legends will tee it up on The Legends Tour, the official senior Tour of the LPGA, in the ISPS Legends Tour Open Championship being held at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, on November 19 – 21, 2010. Sherri Steinhauer claimed the victory last year with a three-under 141 but will not be able to compete and try and defend her title.
Speaking about the tournament, LPGA great Jan Stephenson said, “The Tour is a great experience on two levels. Of course, it’s so nice to be given the opportunity to visit with friends from my LPGA Tour days. But it’s also so exciting to be able to compete and play great golf on great courses in front of generations of fans. The LTOC is truly a terrific event featuring so many great legends of the game.”
The tournament field also boasts five LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers: Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Joanne Carner, Beth Daniel and Patty Sheehan. LPGA superstars Meg Mallon, Michele Redman and Lorie Kane, all of whom are Legends Tour “rookies” this season, will also join the tournament field. LPGA Teacher of the Year Cindy Miller, who snagged a top ten finish at last year’s LTOC, and Aussie Jan Stephenson, who ranks number one on the Legends career money list, will also tee it up for this year’s major championship. A full field will be released by November 5th.
The Island Course at Innisbrook will once again play host to this 36-hole, stroke play tournament. A challenging course, the Island Course was designed by Larry Packard and is a favorite of Innisbrook members and competitors. The course was recently renovated as part of a resort transformation by owner Sheila C. Johnson.
Tournament Patron, Dr. Haruhisa Handa, serves as Chairman of the International Sports Promotion Society and is a well known supporter of the arts internationally. As such, The Marcia P. Hoffman Institute for the Performing Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall will once again be the charity of choice for the LTOC. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Hoffman Institute. Additionally, LTOC evening events will feature performances from three Ruth Eckerd Hall ensembles, the Kid’s Choir, the Women’s Choir and the Jazz Ensemble.
Advance tickets are now available for $10 through Ruth Eckerd Hall. Event tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $15. There is no charge for Friday’s Pro-Am, but spectators are welcome to make a donation to the Hoffman Institute at the entrance gate. Children 17 and under and military gain free entrance every day.
For more information about the Legends Tour Open Championship, visit www.legendstouropen.com. For more information about Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf and Spa Resort, visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com or call (727) 942-2000.