Former LPGA superstars will headline the field this weekend for the Legends Tour Open Championship. The tour’s second annual major championship is set for Nov. 19-21, on the Island Course at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, located outside Tampa, Fla.
Former U.S. Solheim Cup captains Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Beth Daniel and Patty Sheehan will be in the 47-player field, along with 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Rosie Jones (pictured right).
“A lot of us have been keeping our games in shape knowing that the Legends Tour Open is coming up this weekend,” said Jones, a 13-time LPGA Tour winner who tied for sixth in this event last year. “We’re all still very competitive and we all love to play. The Legends Tour has given us a place to compete after our full-time touring days are over.”
A 24-year LPGA Tour veteran, Jones has continued her high level of play against other LPGA pros on the Legends Tour, which offers competition for pros age 45 and over. In 10 events on the “official Legends Tour of the LPGA,” Jones has won three times and posted eight top-10 finishes in 10 events.
Also in this week’s tournament field will be Amy Alcott, Daniel, Sheehan, Bradley and Carner, who represent the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame.
International players in the Legends Tour Open Championship will bring the same global influence they brought to the LPGA Tour 20-plus years ago, including Tampa resident Dawn Coe-Jones of British Columbia and fellow Canadians Lorie Kane and Gail Graham, Australians Jan Stephenson and Jane Crafter, Peru’s Alicia Dibos, Sally Little of South Africa, Anne-Marie Palli of France and Cathy Panton Lewis of Scotland.
Making their Legends Tour medal-play debuts will be: Lorie Kane, a four-time LPGA Tour winner; 18-time tournament winner Meg Mallon; and two-time LPGA winner Michele Redman. Beth Daniel, who won 33 LPGA titles, competed on nine U.S. Solheim Cup teams, and who served as captain of the 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup squad, will be playing in the Legends Tour Open Championship for the first time this week.
Cindy Miller, the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals’ 2010 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, also will be in the tournament field. Miller tied for ninth in the 2009 Legends Tour Open Championship. She has five top-10 finishes in 19 Legends Tour events.
A final contestant will be added on Thursday, Nov. 18th from a local qualifying tournament. The qualifier will be held at Innisbrook.
The tournament will be contested over 36 holes for a purse of $300,000. A pro-am event will begin at 10 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 19th, with competitive rounds set to start at 8 a.m., on both Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21st. Gates open each day of the medal play at 7:30 a.m.
Advance tickets are available for $10 through Ruth Eckerd Hall http://www.rutheckerdhall.com . Event tickets may 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 Ruth Eckerd Hall Foundation in support of the Marcia Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, which is the tournament’s charity. Children 17 and under, as well as members of the military, will be admitted free.
For more information about the Legends Tour Open Championship, visit www.legendstouropen.com . For more information about Innisbrook, visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com or call 727-942-2000.
The LPGA “Road Trip” will make a stop at the Legends Tour Open Championship for Sunday’s final round on Nov. 21st. The LPGA Road Trip Driven by Monaco RV/Alliance Coach, is a mobile marketing/media tour that is making stops at sporting events throughout the state of Florida. At each of the “Road Trip’s” stops, LPGA players and staff hope to create awareness for the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship, set for Dec. 2-5, at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.