LPGA Legends event brings women's golf veterans back to Northwest
The LPGA Legends Swing for the Cure Classic at Inglewood Golf Club will take place Sunday.
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LPGA Legends Swing for the CureWhat: 18-hole tournament with 30 LPGA veterans ages 45 and up
Where: Inglewood Golf Club, Kenmore (off Juanita Drive)
Time: Gates open 9 a.m., first tee time 10:30 a.m., final tee time 12:50 p.m.
Admission: $20 for adults, 17 and under free, military with ID free.
The "senior tour" for LPGA golfers makes its first Northwest stop in history Sunday when Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore hosts the 18-hole LPGA Legends Swing for the Cure Classic.
Kirkland native JoAnne Carner, three-time Safeco Classic champion Patty Sheehan and Nancy Lopez highlight a field of 30 golfers in the event.
Other LPGA Hall of Famer members entered are Pat Bradley and Amy Alcott. Among the other names immediately recognizable to golf fans are Jane Blalock, Rosie Jones, Jan Stephenson and Sandra Palmer.
The LPGA Legends Tour consists of former LPGA players who are age 45 or older. Sunday's field will range in age from 48 to the 73-year-old Carner. The purse is $150,000, with the winner taking home $15,000.This is the biggest professional women's golf event in the state since the LPGA Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent ended its 18-year run in 1999. In addition to Sheehan, other Safeco winners in this field are Carner, Stephenson and Bradley.
Following Sunday's tournament, a one-day pro-am, which is closed to the public, will be held Monday.
This is the 12th year of the Legends Tour. The Inglewood event is the fourth of eight tournaments this year.
Previous winners this year have been Alicia Dibos, Jones and Sherri Turner, who shot a 5-under 67 last Sunday in Falmouth, Maine, to win a two-day event. Jones and Turner are entered here.
The force behind this event is Jerry Lee, the chairman of the board of MulvannyG2 Architecture, an international firm headquartered in Bellevue. MulvannyG2 has hosted a golf outing for nine years to raise money for the Susan G. Komen charity.
After conversations with Blalock, the tour's CEO, the firm decided to expand this event to include a one-day pro tournament followed by a pro-am.
Inglewood, a 6,177-yard, par-73 course, was the site of the PGA Tour's Seattle Open in 1963 and 1965, as well as the 1964 LPGA Valhalla Open.