LPGA Brings Teaching and Club Professional Championship to French Lick

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 31, 2012 - The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) will bring the annual LPGA T&CP National Championship to Indiana next month. The 54-hole, stroke-play tournament will be staged at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., August 20-22.

The Championship will be conducted on the historic and hilly Donald Ross Course. The Ross course, the creation of famed Scottish architect Donald Ross, also hosted the LPGA Tour Championship in 1959 and 1960. French Lick Resort will become the first facility to host both the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship (2012) and the PGA Professional Championship (2010).

The annual T&CP National Championship will bring together 144 teaching and club professionals from throughout the nation and internationally, with the winner earning an exemption into the 2013 LPGA Championship.

LPGA Tour veteran and cast member of the Golf Channel's reality show The Big Break, Lori Atsedes will return to defend her 2011 Championship title. Atsedes is a teaching professional at Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz.

"On behalf of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional members, we are pleased to partner with French Lick Resort for the LPGA T&CP National Championship," said Dana Rader, the organization's national president. "French Lick has a long history of supporting women's golf and we are honored to bring this year's championship to Indiana."

A number of Indiana LPGA members will compete in the national championship, including: Jan Kleiman of McCordsville; Suzanne Noblett of Fort Wayne; Karen Monaldi of Valparaiso and Penny Porter of Indianapolis.

Notable players in the field of this year's event include: LPGA Tour tournament winner Charlotta Sorenstam of Orlando, Fla. (sister of LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam); former LPGA Tour members Dede Cusimano of Basalt, Colo., Lisa DePaulo of Austin, Texas, Carolyn Hill of St. Petersburg, Fla., and the LPGA Tour's first player from France, Anne-Marie Palli of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Other past T&CP National Championship winners in the field include: 2008 champion Laura Shanahan Rowe of Hampton, N.H.; 2007 winner Lisa DePaulo of Austin, Texas; and 2010 and 2006 champion Karen Davies of Carefree, Ariz.

Prior to the tournament rounds, the LPGA VIP Golf Clinic hosted by Nike Golf will be held from 3-4:30 p.m., on Saturday, August 18, at the driving range at French Lick Resort. The event will feature a special appearance by the winner of 29 LPGA tournaments, Jane Blalock, and will highlight instruction by Dana Rader. The clinic is open to the public.

In addition, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals will present honorary T&CP memberships at the LPGA Rolex Reception to: Alice Dye, for her career contributions in golf course design and to Jane Blalock for growing women's golf through her LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.

For more information about the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National Championship, the LPGA VIP Golf Clinic, or presentation of the honorary memberships, contact the LPGA T&CP's national tournament director Ashleigh Anderson at Ashleigh.anderson@lpga.com and at 386-274-6231.

Topics: Teaching and Club Professionals

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