Safeway Classic Returns to Portland Aug. 13-19, 2012

Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) announced that the dates for the 2012 Safeway Classic have been set for Aug. 13-19. With its renewal, this will be the 17th year with Safeway as the title sponsor of the Classic, and the 41st year that TGF has brought the LPGA to Portland. The tournament has enjoyed much success over the past three years being held on the Ghost Creek course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. TGF is currently working with Pumpkin Ridge on an agreement to return there is 2012.

The purse for the 2012 Safeway Classic will be $1.5 million for the three days of tournament play, Aug 17-19. Suzann Pettersen won the 2011 title in a one-hole playoff with Na Yeon Choi. Pettersen is currently ranked #2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Proceeds from the event benefit children’s charities in Oregon through the Safeway Foundation. Through 2010, the event has raised over $15 million for charity, with $12 million coming during the first 15 years of Safeway’s title sponsorship. The 2011 tournament charitable donation numbers are not yet available.

“We are thrilled to announce our dates for 2012.” said Tom Maletis, President of Tournament Golf Foundation. “We are enjoying tremendous momentum from this year’s tournament with record crowds and a great champion and we look forward to building on that between now and August.” Maletis continued, “We would like to thank Safeway for its continued support of the Classic. Safeway and its management team have made a significant investment in the LPGA over the years and we are very happy to have their continued commitment to the Safeway Classic.”

“Safeway is pleased to be a part of the LPGA tour once again in 2012,” said Michael Minasi, President of Safeway Marketing. “The Safeway Classic provides our company with unique marketing opportunities with our customers and suppliers, while raising significant money for local children’s charities in Oregon through the Safeway Foundation.”

Tournament Golf Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operation for the annual event. TGF is the longest running organization owning an LPGA tournament and the Safeway Classic is the oldest non-major on the LPGA tour. For more information on TGF and the Safeway Classic, visit www.safewayclassic.com

Topics: Portland Classic

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