BOSTON, Aug. 8, 2013 – The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA, returns to Michigan this weekend for the Wendy’s Charity Challenge. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mich.
Pairings have been announced for the 18-hole tournament, which is being played for the seventh year. The professional stroke-play event features a field of 23 LPGA Legends who will compete for a $105,000 purse with the champion earning a $16,000 prize.
LPGA veteran Barb Mucha, a five-time LPGA Tour winner, hopes to defend her title this week. Mucha held off Cindy Rarick in a two-hole playoff last year to collect her first Legends Tour victory. The defending champion will tee off in the last group on Sunday.
“It’s hard to believe it has been a year since the tournament, but I’m excited and hope for another solid performance this week,” said Mucha, a native of Parma Heights, Ohio and resident of Orlando, Fla. “This event raises money for a phenomenal charity and allows us to make a huge difference in kids’ lives.”
All tournament proceeds benefit “Wendy’s Wonderful Kids” and the Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption. Mucha said her involvement with the tournament prompted her to become a board member at the Orlando-based “One Hope United,” that aids foster care programs and helps place children in caring homes.
“I still want to perform well as a player, but the real importance at this stage of my career is giving back in ways not on the golf course,” Mucha added.
The tournament field will feature World Golf Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Donna Caponi.
Michigan natives Elaine Crosby and Cindy Figg-Currier also will be in the field. Figg-Currier, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., has won this event twice. Other Midwest players in the event will be Nancy Scranton of Illinois, a five-time Legends Tour winner, and Wisconsin’s Sherri Steinhauer.
LPGA Tour veterans Jane Blalock, a 29-time LPGA Tour winner, Canada’s Lorie Kane and Legends Tour “rookie” Danielle Ammaccapane, will also appear. Sherri Turner, who won the Legends Tour event last month in Seattle, also will be in the tournament field.
Tee times start Sunday at noon. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children 17 and under and all military personnel with ID get free admission.
Lorie Kane will be featured in a special “Long Shot to Vegas” event on Monday, Aug. 12, at 9:45 a.m., just before the pro-am shotgun start. The Canadian will hit one drive into the fairway on the first tee to land between yardage markers of 245 to 275 yards.
All of the inches available between those 30 yards will be marked and “sold” as chances to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. If Kane’s ball lands on one of the inches purchased, the recipient of the winning inch gets airfare, a three-night hotel stay and show tickets.
Tickets for the special fund-raising event are available through Family Service and Children’s Aid of Jackson, and at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing, Mich. All proceeds benefit adoption programs. Chances cost $10 for one inch and $25 for three inches.
Admission is free for the 10 a.m. Monday pro-am, but donations at the gate for the charity will be accepted.
Sunday’s pairings for the Wendy’s Charity Challenge are as follows:
12 p.m. Barb Moxness, Kathryn Young-Robyn
12:10 p.m. Gail Graham, Allison Finney, Lori West
12:20 p.m. Elaine Crosby, Michelle Estill, Cindy Miller
12:30 p.m. Danielle Ammaccapane, Patti Rizzo, Kris Tschetter
12:40 p.m. Jane Blalock, Sherri Steinhauer, Christa Johnson
12:50 p.m. Sherri Turner, Cindy Rarick, Jane Crafter
1 p.m. Nancy Scranton, Donna Caponi, Cindy Figg-Currier1:10 p.m. Barb Mucha, Lorie Kane, Pat Bradley
Topics: Legends Tour