In December 2016 the LPGA Tour and Resort Charity Events announced the formation of the first-ever Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank, which will be held July 10-12, 2017 on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. The Tour has reached a multi-year agreement to both host the tournament and have it televised on Golf Channel.
“French Lick is proud to host such a prestigious event,” said Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of Cook Group, owners of French Lick Resort. “We have long supported women’s golf and to now be part of the first major championship for senior women is indeed an honor. We look forward to a great relationship with the LPGA and an outstanding Championship.”
The field of 81 players will feature a collection of past greats in the women’s game including LPGA Hall of-Fame members, current LPGA members and major champions over the age of 45. The 54-hole event will feature a total purse of $600,000. There will be no cut.
The Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank comes on the heels of the February 2016 announcement by the USGA regarding the creation of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship. It will begin in 2018 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.
“This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game,” said Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner. “With the USGA’s recently announced U.S. Senior Women’s Open and now our event, the women that forged the way for the current generation will now have two major championships each year.”
The Inaugural Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank will take place Monday-Wednesday of U.S. Women’s Open week, which begins on Thursday. The Pete Dye Course is no stranger to hosting premier tournaments including the 2015 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Championship from 2012-2014 and the 2010 PGA Professionals National Championship. It has also hosted the Legends Tour since 2013.
“French Lick has been such a tremendous supporter of women’s golf and we are excited that they have chosen the Senior LPGA Championship as their next big showcase,” said seven-time LPGA Tour winner Michelle McGann. “The Pete Dye Course is both beautiful and challenging and I look forward to returning this summer to compete again.”
A week-long celebration of women’s golf will begin on the weekend prior to the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank with a new Symetra Tour event on the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort from Friday-Sunday, July 7-9. The Symetra Tour’s 54-hole tournament will have a purse of $200,000 and a winner’s payout of $30,000.
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.
The Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank will host a Pro-am on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 on The Pete Dye Course. For more information on playing in the pro-am with an LPGA legend, sponsorships, volunteering or other information please contact email@example.com.
ABOUT THE SYMETRA TOUR
Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and concluded its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events since 1988. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, www.facebook.com/Road2LPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.
In 2013, women's professional golf returned to French Lick Resort for the first time since 1960. For the past four years, Resort Charity Events selected French Lick Resort as the host site for The Legends Championship, which welcomed ladies of the LPGA Tour. This year’s championship will become the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation held on July 10-12, 2017.
ABOUT THE LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel,
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