17 LPGA Major Champions and 306 combined LPGA wins to compete July 10-12
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, May 10, 2017 - The Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank is approximately two months away and the 81-player field is starting to take shape. Five World Golf Hall of Fame members - Laura Davies, Patty Sheehan, Hollis Stacy, Betsy King and Pat Bradley - have committed to the event along with an additional 12 LPGA Tour major champions.
The first major for former LPGA stars will take place on the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana from Monday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 12. The total purse is $600,000 and all three rounds will be televised on Golf Channel.
“The names already committed are an impressive collection of talent that will no doubt create thrilling golf for fans in French Lick and the surrounding area along with the Golf Channel audience,” said Tournament Director Mike Nichols. “Laura Davies - who is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished golfers worldwide - brings a great deal of recognition to the event and to have 17 LPGA major champs already committed is amazing.”
Davies has won 84 tournaments around the world including 20 during her time on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. Sheehan, who won 35 times on the LPGA including six majors, was inducted into the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1993. Hollis Stacy won 18 times on the LPGA including three U.S. Women’s Open’s and was elected to the WGHOF in 2011. King tallied 34 career wins including six majors and became an LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member in 1995. King has devoted the last decade of her life to her Golf Fore Africa charity and vows to raise $10 million over the next five years to bring clean water to people in Zambia. Pat Bradley won 31 times and led the LPGA in wins in 1983 (4) and 1985 (5).
The 12 LPGA major winners in addition to the five Hall of Famers are Brandie Burton, Donna Andrews, Jan Stephenson, Sally Little, Cathy Johnston-Forbes, Jerilyn Britz, Liselotte Neumann, Pat Hurst, Christa Johnson, Martha Nause, Jenny Liback and Nancy Scranton.
In April, Michelle McGann and Jane Blalock joined Jan Stephenson at a media day in French Lick to discuss the tournament. All three are in the field. Blalock won 27 times, McGann won seven times while Stephenson won 16 times including three major titles.
The players that have committed won a combined 306 LPGA Tour events.
The field also includes Legends champions Trisha Johnson, Laurie Rinker and Lorie Kane, who all won on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
Proceeds from the Senior LPGA Championship will directly benefit the kids at Riley Hospital for Children through the Riley Children’s Foundation.
For more information about the Senior LPGA Championship, visit https://www.frenchlick.com/golf/events/seniorlpga/home.