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Senior LPGA Championship

After the first-ever Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank was contested in 2017 at French Lick, the tournament will add to its roots and tradition for the next go-round in 2018.

 

The Senior LPGA Championship will return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick in 2018, and this time with a fall flair. The 2018 tournament is set for Oct. 15 to 17, after the inaugural tournament was contested in early July of 2017.

 

This will be the second year of a five-year agreement to play the Senior LPGA Championship at the majestic Pete Dye Course, which overlooks French Lick Resort in the rolling countryside of southern Indiana. The tournament will again have a national audience in being televised on the Golf Channel, which is among several benefits that have come from women’s golf obtaining a major championship for senior players.

 

The 2017 and 2018 Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick bring together some of the top women’s golfers age 45 and older. Coming up in 2018, the USGA will host the U.S. Senior Women’s Open for the first time; that tournament at Wheaton, Ill., will be for women 50 and above. Together, the two tournaments are starting to shine a brighter spotlight on some of the greats of the women’s game.

 

“This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said last year after the announcement of the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship. “With the USGA’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open and now our event, the women who forged the way for the current generation will now have two major championships each year.”

 

Riley Children’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924, will once again be the charity for the championship. Today, Riley Hospital for Children is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only comprehensive children’s research hospital in the state of Indiana.

Prior to the launch of the 2018 Senior LPGA Championship will be two pro-am events at The Pete Dye Course on Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information on playing in the pro-am with an LPGA legend, sponsorships, volunteering or other information, please contact seniorlpga@frenchlick.com.

 

Trish Johnson of England was a wire-to-wire winner at the 2017 Senior LPGA Championship, sizzling with a 5-under 67 in the first round and totaling a 4-under 212 over the three rounds to win by three strokes. Michele Redman, who golfed collegiately at Indiana University and is still in the Big Ten Conference as the women’s golf coach at Minnesota, finished at 1-under as the only other golfer to shoot under par. Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson and Wendy Doolan tied for third at 1-over to complete the top 5 in the field of 81 players.

 

The inaugural Senior LPGA championship featured a $600,000 purse with Johnson earning a winner’s share of $90,000. By comparison, The Legends Championship – its predecessor at French Lick from 2013 to 2016 – was by far the biggest event on the tour for senior women; when Johnson also won in 2016 at French Lick, it was a 36-hole tournament with a winner’s paycheck of $37,700 and total purse of $300,000.

 

And it’s only the start of the partnership with French Lick Resort and women’s golf.

 

“We’re lucky to be here,” Whan said. “We’ve been launching a lot of new things, and this is one that will only build with time. This is major on all kinds of fronts.”

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