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Trish Johnson - 2018 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup Winner

Trish Johnson - 2018 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup Winner, image courtesy Rick Sharp

Trish Johnson Wins Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

SEATTLE, June 10, 2018 – Great Britain’s Trish Johnson woke up her putter and closed out the win today in The Legends Tour’s inaugural Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

Johnson opened Sunday’s final round with bogeys on her first two holes at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., but steadied herself with birdies on four of her next nine holes to eventually take the victory with a 36-hole score of 8-under 136.

The player from London won by a five-stroke margin over Lisa Grimes of Arizona at 3-under 141, and Florida’s Michelle McGann at 1-under 143. It was Johnson’s second Legends Tour victory.

“When the pin positions are at the front of the greens, the course is playing at its hardest because the entrances are narrow,” said Johnson, who carded rounds of 66-70 en route to her victory. “You have a shorter club into the green, but you also have nowhere to miss it.”

Coming into this week as a winner of 25 professional tournaments, including three LPGA titles and 19 wins on the Ladies European Tour, Johnson credited solid driving and iron play for her win. She missed only one fairway in the final round.

Once she rolled in a birdie on the par-5 third hole, the eight-time European Solheim Cup team member settled into a rhythm and extended her lead to four strokes with a birdie on No. 11.

“I putted so-so, but over the last 10 holes, I made the putts when I needed to and that’s the important thing,” added Johnson, who recorded par on her last seven holes to earn the winner’s prize of $25,000 in the $175,000 event.

Grimes moved to 4 under with a birdie on the ninth hole, but lost a shot with bogey on No. 12. She was never able to catch the frontrunner.

Wendy Ward, a resident of Edwall, Wash., finished 10th in her Legends Tour debut. The Texas native left the LPGA Tour as a full-time player in 2015 and has spent the last few years running a cattle ranch with her husband outside Spokane, Wash.

When Ward turned 45 and became eligible to compete on the official senior tour of the LPGA this year, she decided to enter this week’s event.

“It was a grind, but the grind was fun again,” said Ward, a four-time LPGA Tour winner and three-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member.

“I’m going to have to sharpen my skills to be competitive on this Tour,” added Ward. “I need to start practicing again.”

Rounding out the top five in the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup was Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann and Nancy Scranton of Florida, tied for fourth at even-par 144.

To view the complete leaderboard, visit http://leaderboard.thelegendstour.com/?TID=79

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.

Seattle Legends Event Offers Competition Prior To U.S. Senior Women’s Open

SEATTLE, June 5, 2018 – There’s no preparation like competition, and Seattle area women’s golf fans will have the chance to see Legends Tour players hone their games one month before a national championship.

The United States Golf Association will launch its inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, set for July 12-15, giving Legends Tour members a chance to compete for a national title. The timing of that championship fits perfectly for the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing, which will be staged this week at White Horse Golf Club, June 8-10.

A number of players in this week’s Suquamish tournament field will have an exemption into next month’s Senior Women’s Open, some of whom already hold USGA championship titles.

“The U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be a great celebration of women’s golf at this stage of our lives and this week’s event in Washington will give us a solid test of tournament golf,” said Pat Bradley, the 1981 U.S. Women’s Open champion.

“I’ve been hitting a lot of golf balls and trying to get out on the course whenever possible,” added Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann, winner of the 1988 U.S. Women’s Open. “I’m sure I will feel my nerves tingling on that first tee.”

Players in this week’s tournament will likely spend more time than usual in the practice areas in preparation for their new Open championship. And to contend or to win this week’s tournament title will offer a higher level of preparation as Legends Tour players turn their focus to Chicago in July.

“I’m going to practice and work hard to prepare for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open to reach my goal of finishing in the top 10,” said Hollis Stacy, a three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion in 1977, 1978 and 1984 -- one of only five players to have repeated as a champion and one of only six players to have won it three times.

“I’m now 64 and many of the players in the field are very strong, but when I won my first open, I hit the driver straight and had zero 3-putts,” added Stacy. “That’s still the goal.”

Sixteen of the 30 players in this week’s tournament field will compete in next month’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Five players in the Washington event would like to add a Senior Women’s Open title to their Women’s Open Championship crown.

In addition to Bradley, Neumann and Stacy, Betsy King (winner of the 1989 and 1990 U.S. Women’s Open) and 1983 U.S. Women’s Open champion Jan Stephenson will be seeking another Open title.

And for every player in this week’s field, each would like nothing better than to prepare for a national championship with a win in Washington.

For tickets and details about the tournament, visit www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For more information about The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.

Here are the players in this week’s tournament field who will compete in next month’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open:

  • Bartholomew, Jean – Garden City, N.Y.
  • Blalock, Jane – Cambridge, Mass.
  • Bradley, Pat – West Hyannisport, Mass.
  • Dibos, Alicia – Greenwich, Conn.
  • Grimes, Lisa – Gold Canyon, Ariz.
  • Johnson, Trish – London, England
  • Jones, Rosie – Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Kane, Lorie – Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • King, Betsy – Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Mucha, Barb – Orlando, Fla.
  • Neumann, Liselotte – Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Redman, Michele - Plymouth, Minn.
  • Rinker, Laurie – Stuart, Fla.
  • Scranton, Nancy – St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Stacy, Hollis – Holmes Beach, Fla.
  • Stephenson, Jan – Sydney, Australia

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.


Tournament Field Set For Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

BOSTON, May 24, 2018 – The Legends Tour has announced its 30-player tournament field for next month’s inaugural event at the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing. The event is set for June 8-10, at the White Horse Golf Club.

The tournament will feature LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members JoAnne Carner, Pat Bradley, Betsy King and Hollis Stacy, as well as numerous former LPGA tournament winners, including past champions of the former Safeco Classic.

“It was always my favorite time of the season on the LPGA Tour when we played in the Pacific Northwest,” said Nancy Scranton, winner of the last Legends Tour tournament staged in Washington in 2013, outside Kirkland. “I won my first LPGA tournament in Vancouver, so I have very fond memories of the area.

“I won my 29th LPGA tournament just outside of Kent, Washington, and at that time it was another step closer to earning Hall of Fame status,” added Pat Bradley, winner of the 1991 Safeco Classic. “It’s a beautiful area and I’m really looking forward to this event.”

In addition to Bradley, past Safeco Classic champions in the field will include Washington native Carner (1985), Australian Jan Stephenson (1987) and Californian Brandie Burton (1993).

Four-time LPGA Tour winner Wendy Ward, who resides in Edwall, Wash., will make her Legends Tour debut at the event.

Other players in the field with multiple Legends Tour wins will include: Rosie Jones of South Carolina (seven); Florida’s Scranton (five); Canadian Lorie Kane (four); Laurie Rinker of Florida (four); and Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann (three).

At least a dozen former Solheim Cup Team members for both the United States and Europe will be represented in the field, including Neumann and England’s Trish Johnson of the European side, as well as California’s Pat Hurst and Minnesotan Michele Redman of Team USA.

The tournament pro-am is set for an 11 a.m. shotgun start on Friday, June 8, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, with tee times starting at 10 a.m. each day.

The field will compete for a purse of $175,000, with the winner taking home $25,000.

For tickets and details about the tournament, visit www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For more information about The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.

Here is the field for the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing:

  • Bartholomew, Jean – Garden City, N.Y.
  • Blalock, Jane – Cambridge, Mass.
  • Bradley, Pat – West Hyannisport, Mass.
  • Burton, Brandie – LaVerne, Calif.
  • Carner, JoAnne – Lake Worth, Fla.
  • Crosby, Elaine – Jackson, Mich.
  • Dibos, Alicia – Greenwich, Conn.
  • Drew, Heather - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Finney, Allison – Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Graham, Gail – Kelowna, B.C., Canada
  • Grimes, Lisa – Gold Canyon, Ariz.
  • Hurst, Pat – Danville, Calif.
  • Jeray, Nicole – Berwyn, Ill.
  • Johnson, Trish – London, England
  • Jones, Rosie – Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Kane, Lorie – Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • King, Betsy – Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • McGann, Michelle – North Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Miller, Cindy – Silver Creek, N.Y.
  • Mucha, Barb – Orlando, Fla.
  • Neumann, Liselotte – Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Palmer, Sandra – Long Beach, Calif.
  • Rarick, Cindy - Tucson, Ariz.
  • Redman, Michele - Plymouth, Minn.
  • Rinker, Laurie – Stuart, Fla.
  • Scranton, Nancy – St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Stacy, Hollis – Holmes Beach, Fla.
  • Stephenson, Jan – Sydney, Australia
  • Ward, Wendy – Edwall, Wash.
  • West, Lori – Aspen, Colo.

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.



Women Amateurs Kick Off Legends Tour Week In Washington

BOSTON, May 17, 2018 – Registration is still open for 100 amateur women to sign up for the White Horse Golf Club Women’s Team Scramble in Kingston, Wash.

The event will feature 50 two-player teams and will be held Wednesday, June 6, to launch tournament-week events for the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing. The LPGA Legends professional tournament is set for June 9-10, also at White Horse Golf Club.

Competition for the amateurs will begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Players in the team scramble format will compete for spots in the professional tournament pro-am on Friday, June 8. The low-gross and low-net team winners will form a foursome to play with a Legends Tour professional during the event’s official pro-am.

“We’re excited to kick the week off with this amateur women’s event,” said Jane Blalock, 27-time LPGA Tour champion and founder of The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA. “White Horse Golf Club is a spectacular venue and this is a rare opportunity for women amateurs to play the championship course before the LPGA Legends tee it up for their professional competition on the weekend.”

Female amateurs may enter the women’s team scramble for $125 per player, which includes greens fee, cart, range balls, contests and prizes, tournament gift, lunch and awards following play, as well as eight tickets to the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing. In addition, Kinona Sport (www.kinonasport.com), featuring women’s golf apparel, will provide a “trunk show” following play.

“The White Horse Golf Club Women’s Team Scramble celebrates women and golf, adding to an already amazing experience that will surely be provided by the LPGA’s Legends coming to play in the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup,” said Chris Archunde, Director of Marketing for tournament title sponsor Suquamish-Port Madison Enterprises. “We’re thrilled to welcome women amateurs from all over the area to play our beautiful and challenging golf course and meet some of the greatest names in the history of the game.”

Women amateurs may enter the team scramble as a team or as individual players, who will be paired together. Deadline to enter the event is 5 p.m. EST, May 23.

For tickets and details about the tournament, visit www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For more information about the Boston-based Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.


LPGA Legends Tour will take part in the
inaugural Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

A field of 30 of the top senior female golfers will take part in the two-day tournament June 9 and 10

KINGSTON — Start clearing your calendar for the second week in June — the legends of the LPGA are coming to White Horse Golf Club.

The inaugural Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup will take place from June 6 to 10 at the golf course and will welcome the likes of Jane Blalock, JoAnne Carner (a native of Kirkland), Jan Stephenson, Pat Bradley, Betsy King, Rosie Jones and Liselotte Neumann, some of the LPGA’s most successful golfers.

The Legends Cup is a stop on the Legends Tour, a professional golf tour for women aged 45 and older. There are nine Hall of Famers in the field of 30 golfers. Combined, they have over 30 LPGA major championships between them, not to mention hundreds of tour wins. They will tee it up in a 36-hole stroke-play competition over the course of June 9 and 10.

It also marks a return to the Pacific Northwest for women’s professional golf. The LPGA Tour participated in the SafeCo Classic in the Seattle area from 1982 to 1999. The Legends Cup field features five past winners of that event, including Carner and Patty Sheehan.

“This is quite the opportunity for the Suquamish Tribe and Kitsap County,” Irene Carper, Chief Operating Officer of Port Madison Enterprises, the business arm of the Suquamish Tribe, said at a recent news conference in Seattle formally announcing detailing the event.

But there will be far more going on at White Horse than just the tournament. On June 6, there will be a Scramble Women’s Amateur Tournament. The two-woman team with the lowest score will get to play alongside one of the legends in the June 8 Legends Cup Pro-Am. June 7 will be dedicated to practice and VIP rounds.

All events will be open to the public for spectating.

“It’s so exciting for all of us, and we believe we will be embraced by the entire community,” said Blalock, the founder and CEO of the Legends Tour as well as an active player. Blalock still holds the world record for most consecutive cuts made on a professional golf tour with 299.

The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup will also mark the debut of Wendy Ward, who turned 45 on May 6 and is now eligible for the tour. Ward is a Texas native, but now calls the Pacific Northwest home. She and her husband, Nate Hair, are cattle ranchers in Edwall, a small community about 35 miles from Spokane. She is excited to get a chance to play close to her adopted home.

“Golf in the Northwest is like none other,” Ward said.

The event is certainly an important showcase for Kitsap County. Chris Archunde, the director of marketing for Port Madison, said the goal was to have between 1,500 and 1,800 people per day at the various events, with an aggressive goal of 2,500 to 3,000 people per day.

“The most important thing is the residual effects of getting people to come out and experience the amazing things we have to offer in Kitsap County,” Archunde said. “And you still have a 30-minute ferry ride back [to Seattle] or a 45-minute drive back to Tacoma.”

The Legends Cup may also prove to boost the prestige of White Horse, which was once in foreclosure along with the surrounding property until its rescue by the Suquamish Tribe in 2010. And the fact that it’s first event of this magnitude is a Legends Tour event is fitting, since the course was designed by a woman, Cynthia Dye McGarey.

With legal issues long gone, White Horse now has a sterling reputation with the local community as a great place to play golf.

General manager Bruce Christy said the tee and pin placements for the tournament will lead to a course that is “more than fair” and should be plenty of fun for both golfers and spectators.

“We’ve been there, we believed in [White Horse], it has great bones,” Christy said. “This is the type of event we had envisioned at this golf course years and years ago.”

Parking for the various events will not be available at White Horse, and spectators should instead park at the Clearwater Casino. Shuttle buses will run with great frequency to bring people to and from the golf course. Tickets are $15 per day or $20 for a two-day pass to the tournament. There will also be special rates for kids and seniors. Visit www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com. for more information.

Read this article at KitsapDailyNews.com


HALL OF FAMER, JOANNE CARNER LOOKING FORWARD
TO PLAYING LEGENDS TOUR EVENT

Joanne Carner is ready to compete in next month's Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member JoAnne Carner is eager to compete on home turf this summer when The Legends Tour heads to the Pacific Northwest.

A native of Kirkland, Wash., a suburb east of Seattle, Carner plans to be in the field when the Legends Tour stages the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing. The event is set for June 8-10, at the White Horse Golf Club.

“I was thrilled when I got the invitation,” said Carner, who won 43 LPGA tournaments, including the LPGA’s 1985 Safeco Classic at home in Washington. “The courses in Seattle are so pretty and tree-lined with rolling hills, and everything is so lush and green. At that time of year, we should have beautiful weather.”

Blessed with longevity in an LPGA career that spanned from 1970-2005, Carner became the oldest player to make an LPGA Tour tournament cut at age 65 in 2004. Now based in South Florida, she keeps her game sharp with regular matches against longtime friend and fellow World Golf Hall of Famer, Canadian Marlene Stewart Streit, who winters in Florida.

“We play five to seven days a week during the winter months,” said Carner, who needed five extra holes to defeat Streit in an epic 41-hole match at the 1966 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. “She’s tough, but we always have a lot of fun.”

Carner underwent a successful hip replacement in March 2017 and has focused on her recovery with stretching and rehab. She returned home to Greater Seattle for several weeks in March this year to assist with family illnesses and has been mowing just over 18 acres of grass at her sister’s former horse farm during her visit.

“I’ve done a little walking out on the farm, but I’ve got to figure out how to walk five miles each day,” Carner said. “I’ve been riding that golf cart back in Florida for too long.”

Joanne Carner, who turns 79 in April, can still shoot her age — “easily,” she says, and plans to compete in the United States Golf Association’s inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, set for July 12-15.

“I received an exemption, so if everything goes well, I’ll be teeing it up at that USGA championship,” said Carner, who has won eight national championships, including the 1956 U.S. Girls’ Junior, five U.S. Women’s Amateur titles, and the 1971 and 1976 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

“I still love playing,” added Carner, who received the USGA’s 1981 Bob Jones Award as the highest honor given in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. “It’s great to see everyone at these [Legends Tour] events, but I still want to play good golf.”

“I’ve lost some length off the tee, which is aggravating, but it’s still fun to compete and I can still knock in a four-footer for a little money,” added Carner with a chuckle.

In addition, Carner is looking forward to playing White Horse Golf Club for the first time.

“I hear it’s a great course and I know it will be beautiful for us,” she said. “All the big fir trees in Seattle are a lot different than the palm trees in Florida.”

A field of 30 Legends, including LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members Pat Bradley and Betsy King, will compete for $175,000 in the event.

The tournament pro-am is set for Friday, June 8, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

Read this article at WomensGolf.com


Former Governor Christine Gregoire helped bring
LPGA Legend Tour stop to White Horse in Kingston

The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup is June 9-10 with a pro-am on June 8 on the Kitsap County course.
By Craig Smith Special to The Seattle Times

Former Governor Christine Gregoire was introduced Thursday as one of the key figures in bringing the Legends Tour stop to White Horse Golf Club in Kingston next month.

Getting the 45 and older women’s golf tour to the Puget Sound area was a goal of Gregoire’s friend, Anne Fennessy, a partner in a Seattle public-affairs firm who is married to Seattle deputy Mayor David Moseley.

“Anne Fennessy had a dream,” the two-term governor said.

“She came back to visit me when I was teaching in Boston (Harvard) and I went to have lunch with (tour founder) Jane Blalock,” Gregoire said. “We were literally at lunch for three hours.”

Gregoire said her pointed question to Blalock was: “Are the pros really interested in coming back to the Pacific Northwest?”

Blalock, referring to players’ memories of the Safeco Classic that ran from 1982 to 1999 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, responded: “You have no idea. They have missed it ever since it was discontinued. They love playing golf in the Pacific Northwest.”

Gregoire said, “At that point, Anne Fennessy and I said, ‘Let’s go make it happen.’ We started working on it. It’s been 3½ years.”

The result is the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup to be played at White Horse on the weekend of June 9-10, with the pro-am preceding the tournament June 8. Gregoire plans to play in the pro-am.

Boeing is the presenting sponsor of the pro tournament, and Boeing employees will get in free.
Gregoire, Blalock and other officials appeared at a news conference Thursday at the University of Washington Golf Center inside Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

The 36-hole, stroke-play event will have a purse of $175,000 and a 30-player field. Two noteworthy players with ties to Washington are entered — JoAnne Carner, 79, the Kirkland native acknowledged as the greatest woman golfer the state has produced, and Wendy Ward.

Ward, a Texas native who was two-time Pac-10 champion at Arizona State, is a four-time LPGA winner. She lives with her husband on a cattle ranch in Edwall outside Spokane. She turns 45 this week and will make her Legends debut in the tournament.

Ward said she expects to be called “rookie” for the second time in her professional golf life. She also said, “I’ve heard how friendly the Legends Tour is and how much of a family it is.”

The roll call of other golfers entered includes Patty Sheehan, Pat Bradley, Rosie Jones, Betsy King, Jan Stephenson, Hollis Stacy, Liselotte Neumann and Michele Redman.

Organizers said free shuttle service to the course will be available for fans walking onto the Edmonds-Kingston ferry and the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry. Fans who drive to Kingston will be shuttled from the parking lot of the middle school and the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort.

Adult tickets will be $15 a day or $20 for both days. Bruce Christy, White Horse general manager and head professional, said the par-72 course will play about 5,800 or 5,900 yards. He said he expects the winning score to be 6-8 strokes under par. Fans will be allowed to walk on most fairways behind the golfers.

The Legends Tour has signed a two-year agreement and the tournament will return next year. The tournament’s designated charities are Kitsap Strong and the WomenSpirit Coalition.

Read this article at the Seattle Times website


Washington’s Wendy Ward Makes Legends Debut In Kingston

SEATTLE, May 3, 2018 – Four-time LPGA champion Wendy Ward may get a chance to repeat some history in June when The Legends Tour comes to the Greater Seattle area.

Now a cattle rancher with her husband in Edwall, Wash., Ward will make her debut as a Legends Tour player June 8-10, at the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston.

Ward is also hoping for the opportunity to again play with the LPGA players who inspired her when she was just beginning her career. One player she plans to seek out is World Golf Hall of Fame member and 43-time winner JoAnne Carner, a native of Kirkland, Wash., who sought out Ward when she was a rookie in 1996.

Ward remembers playing a practice round alone that year at a tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., when Carner, also playing solo, came up behind her on the course. The young Texan recognized the legend and told Carner she was welcome to play through.

“Play through?” Carner told Ward. “I’ve been running trying to catch up to you. I wanted to play a round with one of the rookies.”

The two moved to the next tee and Ward, one of the tour’s longer hitters at the time, laced her drive down the fairway as Carner watched. Closer to the end of her career than the beginning, the veteran pro stepped up and smoked her own drive to within five yards of the rookie’s ball.

“We got down there and she looks at me and said, ‘I can still hit it, can’t I?’” said Ward, who becomes eligible for The Legends Tour at age 45 on May 6. “She still wanted to test her game against one of the young guns.”

And so that reunion may happen when The Legends Tour rolls into town in June -- a possibility that excites Ward, who left the LPGA Tour two years ago.

Since that time, Ward and husband Nate Hair have been busy tending about 100 head of beef cattle on their 300-acre ranch 30 miles west of Spokane. She also has been teaching golf lessons at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course, a municipal course in Spokane, as well as helping coach at least one player on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.

Ward left playing the LPGA Tour on a full-time basis in 2015, largely because of burnout, nagging physical ailments and a desire to spend more time on the ranch with her husband, three dogs, two horses and plenty of new-born calves.

In anticipation of becoming eligible for the Legends Tour, Ward discussed the tour with Legends player Michelle McGann and reconnected with some of the Legends. McGann assured Ward the competition was keen, but the long-time friendships were still intact.

“The Legends Tour really inspired Michelle and offered a new lease on life and golf,” said Ward, a three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member. “Seeing how her whole perspective about competitive golf got rejuvenated was very encouraging to me.”

That is something Ward has also been seeking. A former three-time All-American at Arizona State and a member of three NCAA Division I women’s championship teams as a Sun Devil, Ward hopes her Legends Tour debut will be just the spark she needs to make golf fun again.

“I’m just excited that I have the desire and passion to compete again and to have another chance to enjoy my fellow competitors,” said Ward, the 1994 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion.

“I was really fortunate to join the LPGA when I did because I got to play with Hall of Famers like JoAnne Carner and Pat Bradley, as well as some of the younger players, like Azahara Munoz and this year’s ANA Inspiration winner, Pernilla Lindberg,” said Ward.

But this time, it just might be Ward who is seeking out Carner, also a former Sun Devil, for a practice round in Washington.

“It really bring it full circle now that I am of age to play on the Legends Tour,” Ward added. “To get to go back and be in the arena with them again is going to be a treat for me.”

For more information about the tournament or to buy tickets online, visit www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com. For more information about The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.


Cindy Miller To Represent Legends At Seattle Golf & Travel Show

BOSTON, Feb. 28, 2018 – Legends Tour member and former LPGA National Teacher of the Year Cindy Miller will appear at the Seattle Golf & Travel Show March 3-4, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in downtown Seattle. Miller will provide golf instruction and personally invite golf fans to this year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by The Boeing Company.

The Legends Tour event, hosted by the White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, will be held June 8-10. Miller will appear this week in the White Horse Golf Club Booth #739 to offer golf tips and mini-clinics to promote The Legends Tour event coming to the area in June.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Miller will be one of 30 Legends of the LPGA Tour who will compete in the 36-hole professional tournament this summer.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup in June,” said Miller, who competed on the LPGA Tour before turning to golf instruction and earning honors as the LPGA’s top teacher in 2010.

“I love having the chance to compete against the best women players in the world age 45-over and challenging myself to improve my game,” added Miller, who also competed in two of the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” shows. “It’s never too late to get better in golf.”

At the Seattle Golf & Travel Show on Saturday, March 3, Miller will host mini-clinics on “Hitting the Ball Straight on Purpose” in Booth #739 from 10-11:30 a.m., followed by a session entitled “No More Three Putts” from 2-3:30 p.m.

Miller will make an appearance on the main stage Saturday at 4:15 p.m., entitled “Own Your Game: Confidence Builders and Mental Checks.”

On Sunday, March 4, she will hold mini-clinics in the White Horse booth on course management and better scoring. All instruction is free to those attending the Seattle Golf & Travel Show.

“Golfers can expect to get simple solutions for stray shots from me,” said Miller, a Class A LPGA professional who is one of Golf Digest’s Top-50 Women Teachers in America and a contributing instructor on the Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” show.

“I am known for being brutally honest, but I believe people appreciate the truth when trying to improve,” she added. “I explain causes and cures in an understandable way, which helps people get better quickly.”

Miller is married to PGA professional Allen Miller. The couple has combined to compete on the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, PGA Champions Tour and The Legends Tour.

For more information about the golf show, visit http://www.seattlegolfshow.com

For details and tickets to the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, visit http://www.clearwaterlegendscup.com. Tournament tickets are now available online for $15 per day or $20 for two days.

For more golf tips from Legends Tour professionals and information about The Legends Tour, visit http://www.thelegendstour.com

About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.


Boeing To Sponsor Legends Tour’s Washington Tournament

BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2018 – The Boeing Company has committed to serve as the presenting sponsor of The Legends Tour’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup this summer. The event will be staged June 8-10, at the White Horse Golf Club. The tournament pro-am is set for Friday, June 8, followed by a 36-hole professional competition on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

A field of 30 Legends, including LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members JoAnne Carner, Pat Bradley and Betsy King, will compete for $175,000 in the event. The tournament will be a homecoming for Carner, a Washington native.

“It is with great pleasure we announce The Boeing Company as the presenting sponsor of the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup,” said Jane Blalock, 27-time LPGA Tour Champion and CEO of JBC Golf, the marketing and management company for The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA.

“Boeing is a worldwide leader in its industry and a tremendous supporter of community initiatives and engagement,” added Blalock. “The LPGA Legends are proud to be associated with this marquee brand, and we appreciate their generous support.”

Boeing has sponsored The Boeing Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions event played at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in the Greater Seattle area, for 13 years. The 2018 Boeing Classic will be held Aug 20-26.

This is Boeing’s first sponsorship of a Legends Tour event.

“On behalf of the tens of thousands of Boeing employees in Washington State, it is a privilege to welcome the 2018 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, presented by Boeing, to the beautiful Pacific Northwest,” said Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are honored to welcome these true legends of women’s golf to Washington and wish them a successful tournament.”

Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup tickets will be available online, starting March 1. To learn more about the tournament and to meet Legends Tour player and former LPGA National Teacher of the Year Cindy Miller, golf enthusiasts may visit the White Horse Golf Club booth #739 at the Seattle Golf & Travel Show, set for March 3-4, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in downtown Seattle.

Washington has long been a regular stop for the LPGA Tour and women’s professional golf. From 1982-1999, the Evergreen State hosted the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash.

Current Legends Tour members who are past Safeco Classic champions include three-time winner Patty Sheehan (1982, ’90, ’95), Juli Inkster (1983, ’88), Brandie Burton (1993), Pat Bradley (1991), Jan Stephenson (1987), Judy Dickinson (1986) and Washington native JoAnne Carner (1985).

A women’s amateur team competition will kick off tournament week on Wednesday, June 6, awarding winners of low-net and low-gross events with entry into the Legends Tour’s pro-am tournament on June. 8.

For more information about The Legends Tour, visit

www.thelegendstour.com.

About The Boeing Company

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. As America’s biggest manufacturing exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. Nearly half of Boeing’s employees worldwide are located in Washington.


About The Legends Tour

The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 17 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $16 million in prize money and helped raise over $22 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.


Legends Tour Announces 2018 Schedule, Return To Seattle

BOSTON, Jan. 17, 2018 – The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, will return to Greater Seattle this summer.

The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup will bring the legends of the LPGA Tour back to the Seattle area June 8-10, at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.

Washington was a regular stop for the LPGA Tour and women’s professional golf from 1982-1999, when it hosted the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash. The Legends event will give past Safeco champions another chance to win in the Evergreen State.

“I have followed the players now active on The Legends Tour for many years and remember when they were here for the Safeco Classic,” said former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.

Current Legends Tour members who are past Safeco Classic champions include three-time winner Patty Sheehan (1982, ’90, ’95), Juli Inkster (1983, ’88), Brandie Burton (1993), Pat Bradley (1991), Jan Stephenson (1987), Judy Dickinson (1986) and Washington native JoAnne Carner (1985).

“These players were trailblazers for women everywhere in their sport then, and they remain an inspiration now,” added Gregoire. “I am excited to play in the pro-am and welcome these terrific Legends back to the Seattle area.”

The two-day tournament will feature a one-day pro-am and a field of 30 professional players competing for a $175,000 purse. The inaugural event will feature LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members, including Pat Bradley, and Legends Hall of Fame members Jan Stephenson and Jane Blalock.

A women’s amateur team competition will kick off tournament week on Wednesday, June 6, awarding winners of low-net and low-gross events with entry into the Legends Tour’s pro-am tournament, set for Friday, June. 8.

Acquired by the Suquamish Tribe in 2010, White Horse Golf Club sits between the scenic Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Easily reached by ferry from the Seattle Metro area, White Horse will play host to its first professional tournament when the Legends arrive in June.

“We are thrilled to have history’s best play at White Horse,” said Irene Carper, COO of Port Madison Enterprises-Clearwater Resort Casino, located 15 minutes from the course in a property that includes 186 hotel rooms, a full-service spa, six restaurants and waterfront views.

“The course is as beautiful as it is challenging and we are confident the LPGA’s Legends, as well as the fans coming out to watch, will truly enjoy walking the fairways and experiencing the course through this inaugural competitive tournament,” added Carper. “We hope to make it a legendary tradition.”

The Legends Tour’s 2018 Seattle event will likely draw top names as it offers professional competition for Legends players one month prior to the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The United States Golf Association championship, set for July 12-15, at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., will give women in this age division a chance to again contend for a national championship.

Here is the 2018 tournament schedule for members of The Legends Tour:

  • March 25, 2018 – Legends at ANA Inspiration, Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • June 8-10, 2018 – Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, White Horse Golf Club, Kingston, Wash.
  • July 12-15, 2018 – U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill.
  • August 6, 2018 – Wendy’s Charity Classic Pro-Am, Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mich.
  • September 6, 2018 – BJ’s Charity Pro-Am, Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth, Mass.
  • September 7, 2018 – BJ’s Charity Championship, The Ridge Club, Sandwich, Mass.
  • September 8-9 – Legends on Grey Lady at Miacomet, Miacomet Golf Club, Nantucket, Mass.
  • October 15-17, 2018 – Senior LPGA Championship, French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind.

For more information about The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.


Inaugural WA State Official Stop on The Legends Tour

Legends Hall of Famer Jane Blalock brings The Legends Tour to Washington State

Suquamish, March 4, 2017 – The Legends Tour is proud to announce the Suquamish Tribe and Clearwater Casino Resort will host the first official tournament to be held in Washington State. “I am excited we are staging our first official tournament in the state. The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, being held at the beautiful White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Washington, will be a perfect Pacific Northwest location to hold this tournament,” said Blalock.

Jane Blalock, a 27-time champion on the LPGA Tour, founded the Women’s Senior Golf Tour in 2000. It is now known as The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, and showcases some of the greatest names in the history of women’s golf.

The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup will be held at White Horse Golf Club, June 8-10, 2018. Acquired by the Suquamish Tribe in 2010, White Horse Golf Club is nestled on high ground between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. With spectacular greens and friendly staff, this 18-hole golf course is very challenging, yet can still be played by golfers of all skill levels.

White Horse Golf Club is a wonderful venture enjoyed by Clearwater Casino Resort guests. A short 15-minute drive will bring you to the Clearwater Casino Resort, where guests can enjoy waterfront views, 186 hotel rooms, full service spa, six restaurants, casino nightlife and more. The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort is operated by Port Madison Enterprises, an agency of the Suquamish Tribe that develops community resources while promoting the economic and social welfare of the Suquamish Tribe through commercial activities.