Scranton aims to defend title in LPGA Legends event at Inglewood Golf Club
After a hurried nine holes on a course she had never seen before, Scranton won last year with a 2-under-par 71.
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LPGA Legends Swing for the Cure
What: 18-hole tournament with 30 LPGA veterans age 45 and older.
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.
Purse: $150,000 ($15,000 to winner).
Parking: Parking is free at Kenmore Village and Old Kenmore Park and Ride and includes complimentary shuttle ride to the course. No on-site parking at the club.
Admission: $20 for adults, 17-and-under free, military free with ID.
Charity beneficiary: Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
10:30: Nancy Harvey, Cindy Miller; 10:40: Anne Marie Palli, Mieko Nomura; 10:50: Kathryn Young Robyn, Jenny Lidback; 11: Jane Crafter, Lori West; 11:10: Cathy Johnston-Forbes, Patti Rizzo; 11:20: Allison Finney, Shelley Hamlin; 11:30: Elaine Crosby, Cindy Figg-Currier; 11:40: Gail Graham, Kris Tschetter; 11:50: Dawn Coe-Jones, Cindy Rarick; Noon: Christa Johnson, Sandra Palmer; 12:10: Jane Blalock, Barb Mucha; 12:20: Danielle Ammaccapane, Val Skinner; 12:30: Sherri Turner, Jan Stephenson; 12:40: Patty Sheehan, Rosie Jones; 12:50: JoAnne Carner, Nancy Scranton.
Five to watch: Nancy Scranton (defending champion has won nearly $200,000 on the Legends Tour); Alison Dibos (shot 70 and beat Scranton in a playoff in last Legends tourney in Roswell, Ga.); JoAnne Carner (Kirkland native needs a Legends win to punctuate her Hall of Fame career); Patty Sheehan (three-time winner of the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley, tied for second last year, one stroke back); Rosie Jones (tied with Scranton for most Legends wins with five, tied for second here last year).
KENMORE — After a successful LPGA career that included three wins and one major championship, Nancy Scranton has discovered less is more on the Legends Tour.
Her unique formula: Less practice and fewer rounds equals more wins.
Last year, Scranton came into the inaugural Swing for the Cure Legends tournament at Inglewood Golf Club without having touched a club in months. After a hurried nine holes on a course she had never seen before, Scranton won with a 2-under-par 71.
Scranton used a similar strategy to win her fifth Legends Tour title in April, tying her for the most career wins with Rosie Jones. Scranton’s surge comes despite taking care of eight-year old twins — Luke and Libby — that limits her practice time.
“That’s what I do, I’m a mom,” Scranton said by phone as she prepared to fly in from her home in Tampa, Fla. to defend her title at Sunday’s Swing for the Cure 18-hole tourney at Inglewood. “It doesn’t leave much time for golf. That’s OK. When I do play, I really enjoy it.”
Scranton said the lack of practice and preparation time leaves her fresh and ready to go.
“I just go into these events without a lot of expectations,” Scranton said. “My mind is clear and I just go out and work on the fundamentals.”
Scranton, 52, retired from the LPGA Tour after 21 seasons in 2008 with winnings of more than $3 million and 66 top-10 finishes. Scranton won $15,000 out of a $150,000 purse at Inglewood last year and has 11 top-10 finishes in 21 senior tournaments.
“When I played the LPGA Tour it was all about the wins and the money,” she said. “Now it’s not a job. I have other things in my life.”
Although both she and husband Mark Williams, the director of communications for the men’s Champion’s Tour, are immersed in the game, Luke and Libby haven’t yet acquired their parents’ passion for golf.
“Both have clubs, but they are more interested in soccer and tennis,” she said.
Scranton’s major win came in the du Maurier Classic in 1991 in Vancouver, B.C., but she said her highlight was representing the United States in the Solheim Cup in 2000.
Two LPGA hall of fame members will be in the field. Patty Sheehan, who finished second by one stroke last year, is in the next to last group with Kirkland native JoAnne Carner in the final pairing with Scranton.