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.