FRENCH LICK, IN (June 28, 2017) – It was announced today that The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, the nation’s 66th United States Secretary of State, will be participating in one of two Pro-Am Tournaments scheduled during the first-ever Senior LPGA Championship, presented by Old National Bank. Joining Dr. Rice for the July 7 event on the Pete Dye Course will be Kathryn Imrie, an LPGA instructor and former tour player, who is also playing in the Senior LPGA Championship.
Rice was the National Security Advisor under former President George W. Bush and became Secretary of State in his second term. The first black woman to be a Stanford provost in 1993, she now is a professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business
Dr. Rice made history again when she was named one of the first of two women ever admitted to Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters tournament.
The championship week, scheduled July 7-12, will feature back-to-back pro-am events pairing some of the biggest names in women’s golf with philanthropic golfers wishing to support Riley Children’s Foundation, the fundraising organization for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
The exclusive pro-am events, sponsored by Faegre, Baker Daniels and Ice Miller, are slated to include 32 foursomes, plus pros. Five World Golf Hall of Fame members - Laura Davies, Patty Sheehan, Hollis Stacy, Betsy King and Pat Bradley - have committed to the Senior LPGA Championship along with an additional 12 LPGA Tour major champions. In total, the group has garnered 375 LPGA Tour wins and over 60 worldwide championships.
The benefit tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and practice, followed by a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. EST. The scramble format pairs players with a different pro for each 18 holes. An awards ceremony will be held immediately following the tournament.
Entry fees for a foursome begin at $6,000. All pro-am golfers will receive tickets to the Pairings Party and VIP gifts.
Presenting sponsor for the 2017 Senior LPGA Championship is Old National Bank. Additional sponsors include Visit French Lick West Baden, Zeus, Coca-Cola, Smithville Fiber, Ice Miller, Hylant and French Lick Casino.