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Juli Inkster Wins Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup - 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup Winner

Juli Inkster - 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup Winner, image courtesy Rick Sharp

Juli Inkster Wins Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup

SEATTLE, June 8, 2019 – Californian Juli Inkster was a wire-to-wire winner at the second annual Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

The LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member posted a final-round score of 7-under 66 to finish at 15-under 131 at White Horse Golf Club.

Inkster played two bogey-free rounds and added final-round birdies on hole Nos. 16 and 18 to win by four strokes over runner-up Michele Redman of Minnesota.

Redman recorded a final-round score of 66 for a two-day total of 11-under 134.

“I felt relaxed and calm and I was in control of my game, which I haven’t felt in a while, so it was a really good feeling,” said Inkster, who earned her fifth victory on The Legends Tour. “But you still have to get the ball in the hole.”

Inkster earned the first of her 31 LPGA Tour victories at the 1983 Safeco Classic in Washington state as an LPGA rookie, so she admittedly looked forward to coming back years later where her storied career began.

Redman didn’t allow Inkster to coast on nostalgia, however. The LPGA player-turned college-coach birdied holes 8, 9 and 10 to move within one shot of Inkster.

The women’s golf coach at the University of Minnesota stayed right on the hall of famer’s heels until Inkster birdied the par-5 14th hole for a two-stroke cushion, later making birdie on two of her last three holes. Meanwhile, Redman’s birdie putts would not drop and she took par on her last eight holes.

“I left some out there today and missed a short birdie chance on No. 17,” said Redman, who has two wins on the LPGA and three Legends Tour wins. “But I felt really good about the way I played today.”

Inkster won $25,000 of the $200,000 purse in the 36-hole tournament, but more importantly to the consummate multi-tasker, she got the chance to compete in her packed schedule that juggles television commentary duties for Fox Sports and 2019 preparation as captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the third time.

“I can’t imagine not playing golf and The Legends Tour gives us a great opportunity to link up again and be competitive,” said Inkster. “Plus, this was a great golf course that was fun to play.”

Great Britain’s Trish Johnson, winner of the 2018 event, tied for third with Oklahoman Moira Dunn-Bohls at 8-under 138.

Oregon’s Lara Tennant was the low amateur in the event, with four amateur invitees in the field. Tennant tied for 17th at 5-over 151.

For results from the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing, visit: http://leaderboard.thelegendstour.com/?TID=82

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Sue Fracker, The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716


Juli Inkster Opens With Two-Stroke Lead At Legends Cup

SEATTLE, June 7, 2019 – LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster grabbed a two-shot lead in the opening round of the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

The Californian carded a score of 8-under 65 to move into the lead ahead of Moira Dunn-Bohls of Oklahoma, winner of the Wednesday qualifying tournament to get into this week’s event. Dunn-Bohls posted a round of 6-under 67 on the par-73 White Horse Golf Club.

“I’m happy with what I shot and I was hitting it pretty close today,” said Inkster, adding that most of her putts were between eight to 12 feet in Friday’s first round. “I hit a lot of good wedge shots and gave myself chances out there.”

Inkster’s bogey-free round included eight birdies, with four on the front and four on the back nine holes. Her longest birdie putt came on No. 17 from 18 feet.

“You definitely have to hit the fairways and then it becomes a second-shot course,” Inkster added. “I was just trying to use the club that puts me in the fairway and then go from there. It’s all about position.”

The field opened today’s round two hours earlier than originally scheduled and played off the front and back nine holes simultaneously in an effort to get ahead of afternoon thunderstorms. The first round concluded around 2:30 p.m. local time before the rain started.

Dunn-Bohls made her move on the back nine, scoring birdie-birdie-eagle on holes 12 through 14. Her eagle on No. 14 came when her 195-yard, 5-wood approach shot kicked and rolled to five feet from the cup. She converted the putt.

“I hit some good shots, got some good kicks and made some putts,” she said. “It was fun.”

Three strokes off the lead are defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain and Minnesota’s Michele Redman, who matched scores of 5-under 66.

Johnson wrestled unsuccessfully with her alignment throughout Friday’s round and Redman, who coaches the University of Minnesota’s women’s golf team, said she felt more prepared for this week’s event after playing in the recent U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

“I’m a little bit more practiced this year because we had the Senior Women’s Open a couple of weeks ago,” said Redman, who tied for sixth at last year’s event at White Horse Golf Club. “That’s been the biggest difference for me from playing here last year.”

Tee times for Saturday’s final round will start at 11 a.m., with all players going off the first hole. The pros are competing for a prize purse of $200,000 in the 36-hole event.

Inkster and Dunn-Bohls will share the final pairing on Saturday at 1:51 p.m.

Gates will open at 10 a.m., with shuttle service running to the course from free parking at Clearwater Casino Resort and Bayside Community Church from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20. Kids 12 and under get in free. All Boeing employees get in free with ID.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit official charity partners American Diabetes Association Camp Sealth and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Event details are available at http://www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For complete results from the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing, check out: http://leaderboard.thelegendstour.com/?TID=82

For more info on The Legends Tour and for real-time scoring, visit http://www.TheLegendsTour.com. To view free live streaming from the first tee for both rounds, subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/legendstour.

Here are the pairings for Saturday’s final round:

  • 11 am - Allison Finney | Tina Tombs
  • 11:09 am - Cindy Miller | Jane Blalock
  • 11:18 am - JoAnne Carner | Sandra Palmer
  • 11:27 am - Gail Graham | Sue Ertl
  • 11:36 am - Anita Wicks (a) | Leslie Folsom (a)
  • 11:45 am - Pat Hurst | Jackie Little (a)
  • 11:54 am - Elaine Crosby | Laura Shanahan Rowe
  • 12:03 pm - Cindy Rarick | Hollis Stacy
  • 12:12 pm - Maria Hjorth McBride | Lorie Kane
  • 12:21 pm - Heather Drew | Lori West
  • 12:30 pm - Lara Tennant (a) | Alicia Dibos
  • 12:39 pm - Janet Anderson | Jan Stephenson
  • 12:48 pm - Danielle Ammaccapane | Liselotte Neumann
  • 12:57 pm - Lisa DePaulo | Nancy Scranton
  • 1:06 pm - Lisa Grimes | Wendy Doolan
  • 1:15 pm - Tammie Green | Jean Bartholomew
  • 1:24 pm - Michelle McGann | Wendy Ward
  • 1:33 pm - Christa Johnson | Nicole Jeray
  • 1:42 pm - Michele Redman | Trish Johnson
  • 1:51 pm - Juli Inkster | Moira Dunn-Bohls

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Sue Fracker, The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716


Incoming Weather Changes Legends Cup Friday Tee Times

SEATTLE, June 6, 2019 – With anticipated inclement weather in the forecast for Friday afternoon, tee times have been pushed two hours earlier for the opening round of the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

Original tee times had the field of 36 professionals set to start off the first tee at 11 a.m., but impending afternoon thunderstorms has moved the start of the event to 9 a.m., off both the first and 10th tees at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.

Gates will open at 9 a.m., with shuttle service starting at 8:30 a.m., with transportation to the course from free parking at Clearwater Casino Resort and Bayside Community Church.

The field of 40 players, which includes four top area amateurs, will compete in pairings of two in Friday’s first round. Weather conditions are expected to improve for Saturday’s final round.

In a change from last year’s inaugural event, White Horse Golf Club will play as par 73 this week, with the ninth hole adjusted to a par-5.

“They’re making it a fun risk-reward opportunity for the competition,” said Bruce Christy, director of golf at White Horse Golf Club.

Florida’s Michelle McGann, who finished third last year, played her practice round this week with Legends Tour rookie Maria Hjorth McBride, regarded as a long hitter on the LPGA Tour. According to McGann, the Swede’s approach shot flew over the green on a short par four and she was forced to chip back to the green during her preview of the course.

“She can still really hit it,” said McGann, who will be paired with McBride Friday from the first tee at 9:40 a.m. “She was consistently outdriving me by 30-40 yards.”

Defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain and World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster will tee off from the first tee in the final pairing Friday at 10:21 a.m.

The pros will compete for a prize purse of $200,000 in the 36-hole stroke-play event.

Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for two days. Kids 12 and under get in free. All Boeing employees get in free with ID.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit official charity partners American Diabetes Association Camp Sealth and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Event details are available at http://www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For more info on The Legends Tour and for real-time scoring, visit http://www.TheLegendsTour.com. To view free live streaming from the first tee for both rounds, subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/legendstour.

Here are the adjusted pairings for Friday’s opening round:

#1 Tee
  • 9 am: Wendy Ward | Alicia Dibos
  • 9:10 am: Nancy Scranton | Tammie Green
  • 9:20 am: Sandra Palmer | Moira Dunn-Bohls
  • 9:30 am: Christa Johnson | Pat Hurst
  • 9:40 am: Maria Hjorth McBride | Michelle McGann
  • 9:50 am: Lorie Kane | Danielle Ammaccapane
  • 10:00 am: Michele Redman | Jan Stephenson
  • 10:10 am: Jane Blalock | JoAnne Carner
  • 10:20 am: Hollis Stacy | Liselotte Neumann
  • 10:30 am: Juli Inkster | Trish Johnson
#10 Tee
  • 9 am: Lisa DePaulo | Laura Shanahan Rowe
  • 9:10 am: Heather Drew | Anita Wicks (a)
  • 9:20 am: Sue Ertl | Lori West
  • 9:30 am: Leslie Folsom (a) | Nicole Jeray
  • 9:40 am: Allison Finney | Cindy Miller
  • 9:50 am: Tina Tombs | Gail Graham
  • 10:00 am: Jackie Little (a) | Lisa Grimes
  • 10:10 am: Cindy Rarick | Jean Bartholomew
  • 10:20 am: Janet Anderson | Lara Tennant (a)
  • 10:30 am: Elaine Crosby | Wendy Doolan

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Sue Fracker, The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716


Opening-Round Pairings Set For Seattle Area Legends Cup

SEATTLE, June 5, 2019 – The field is set for this week’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing following a qualifying event held to round out the draw.

Three players moved into the tournament in today’s qualifier, bringing the field to 36 professionals. With competition set for Friday and Saturday at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., this year’s second annual event will offer a prize purse of $200,000.

Moira Dunn-Bohls of Tulsa, Okla., won the qualifying tournament to earn an exemption into the Legends Cup with a round of one-over 74. Two other players, Lisa DePaulo (75) of Palm Springs, Calif., and New Hampshire’s Laura Shanahan Rowe (76), also earned spots in the field.

“It was a tough day in the wind,” said Dunn-Bohls. “I’m just super-happy to hang in there and play well on the back nine and really happy to get a chance to play in this tournament."

White Horse will play at par 73 this year. Rules officials changed hole No. 9 to be played as a par-5, measuring around 450 yards.

Tee times will start at 11 a.m. for both rounds.

Two notable pairings will feature 29-time LPGA tournament winner Jane Blalock and Kirkland native JoAnne Carner, who will play at 1:33 p.m., followed by defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain and Hall of Famer Juli Inkster in the final pairing at 1:51 p.m.

“I love playing with JoAnne,” said Blalock. “She is every player’s favorite out here and I got the lucky draw.”

In addition to Carner and Inkster, fellow LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Hollis Stacy and 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Jan Stephenson will be in the field.

Making her first appearance at the event and her Legends Tour debut will be Sweden’s Maria Hjorth McBride, who won the first of her five LPGA Tour titles at the 1998 Safeco Classic.

Four top area amateurs also will play alongside the Legends, including Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion.

Thursday’s pro-am features an 11 a.m. shotgun start, followed by the 36-hole professional stroke-play competition on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 10 a.m. on both days.

Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for two days. Kids 12 and under get in free. All Boeing employees get in free with ID.

Free public parking is available at Clearwater Casino Resort or Bayside Community Church and includes a complimentary shuttle directly to the golf course.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit official charity partners American Diabetes Association Camp Sealth and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Event details are available at http://www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For more info on The Legends Tour and for real-time scoring, visit http://www.TheLegendsTour.com. To view free live streaming from the first tee for both rounds, subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/legendstour.

Here are the first-round pairings for the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:

  • 11:00 am: Lisa DePaulo | Laura Shanahan Rowe
  • 11:09 am: Heather Drew | Anita Wicks (a)
  • 11:18 am: Sue Ertl | Lori West
  • 11:27 am: Leslie Folsom (a) | Nicole Jeray
  • 11:36 am: Allison Finney | Cindy Miller
  • 11:45 am: Tina Tombs | Gail Graham
  • 11:54 am: Jackie Little (a) | Lisa Grimes
  • 12:03 pm: Cindy Rarick | Jean Bartholomew
  • 12:12 pm: Janet Anderson | Lara Tennant (a)
  • 12:21 pm: Elaine Crosby | Wendy Doolan
  • 12:30 pm: Wendy Ward | Alicia Dibos
  • 12:39 pm: Nancy Scranton | Tammie Greene
  • 12:48 pm: Sandra Palmer | Moira Dunn Bohls
  • 12:57 pm: Christa Johnson | Pat Hurst
  • 1:06 pm: Maria McBride | Michelle McGann
  • 1:15 pm: Lorie Kane | Danielle Ammaccapane
  • 1:24 pm: Michele Redman | Jan Stephenson
  • 1:33 pm: Jane Blalock | JoAnne Carner
  • 1:42 pm: Hollis Stacy | Liselotte Neumann
  • 1:51 pm: Juli Inkster | Trish Johnson

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Sue Fracker, The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716


Juli Inkster to Compete in Legends Tour's Seattle Area Event



LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, a 31-time LPGA Tour champion with 7 major championship titles, will tee it up in the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing on June 7-8. This will be Inkster's first appearance in the event and her first time playing White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.. She last competed in the Seattle area in the LPGA's SafeCo Classic, an event she won in 1983 and 1988.

Trish Johnson Hopes To Defend Legends Cup Title In Seattle

SEATTLE, May 30, 2019 – England’s Trish Johnson will lead a field of top contenders at this year’s second annual Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing and returns to the Pacific Northwest hoping to defend her title as champion.

Set for June 6-8, at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., the three-time Legends Tour winner hopes to maintain the momentum she started with her win at the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship in 2017. She also tied for runner-up honors with Juli Inkster two weeks ago at the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

“I’m excited to defend because I love the course and really look forward to returning to the area,” said Johnson, who won last year’s inaugural event by five strokes with an opening-round score of 66. “I’m going to try to beat my score from last year.”

The entire list of top-10 finishers from last year’s tournament will return to White Horse, including runner-up Lisa Grimes and third-place finisher Michelle McGann.

LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame players in the field will be Washington native JoAnne Carner, Juli Inkster of California, and Florida residents Hollis Stacy and 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Jan Stephenson, a native of Australia.

New to the tournament field this year will be Legends Tour players Danielle Ammaccapane, Janet Anderson, Wendy Doolan, Sue Ertl, Tammie Green, Juli Inkster, Christa Johnson and Tina Tombs.

Maria Hjorth McBride will also make her first appearance at the event in her Legends Tour debut. The native of Sweden won five LPGA Tour events and competed as a member of the European Solheim Cup Team from 2002-2011.

“I only have great memories from Seattle, since this is where I won my first LPGA tournament in 1998 at the Safeco Classic,” said McBride, who now lives in Orlando, Fla.

“And it’s great to be a ‘rookie’ again at age 45 and to catch up with all the players that I used to play with and look up to when I first got on tour in 1998,” she added. “I love this part of the country and I’m looking forward to playing on The Legends Tour.”

Thirty-six professionals will compete for a $200,000 purse. In addition, four top area amateurs will play alongside the Legends, including Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion.

Two final spots in the field will be filled at a local qualifying tournament, set for Wednesday, June 5, at White Horse Golf Club. That event will start at 2 p.m.

The pro-am is set for Thursday, June 6, starting with an 11 a.m. shotgun start, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

Gates open at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with tee times starting at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for two days. Kids 12 and under get in free. All Boeing employees get in free with ID.

Free public parking is available at Clearwater Casino Resort or Bayside Community Church and includes a complimentary shuttle directly to the golf course.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit official charity partners American Diabetes Association Camp Sealth and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Event details are available at http://www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For more info on The Legends Tour, visit http://www.TheLegendsTour.com. To view free live streaming from the first tee for both rounds, subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/legendstour.

Here is the final field for the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:

  • Ammaccapane, Danielle – Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Anderson, Janet - Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Bartholomew, Jean - Garden City, N.Y.
  • Blalock, Jane - Cambridge, Mass.
  • Carner, JoAnne - Lake Worth, Fla.
  • Crosby, Elaine - Jackson, Mich.
  • Dibos, Alicia - Greenwich, Conn.
  • Doolan, Wendy - Lakeland, Fla.
  • Drew, Heather - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Ertl, Sue - Bradenton, Fla.
  • Finney, Allison - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Folsom (a), Leslie - Tukwila, Wash.
  • Graham, Gail - Naples, Fla.
  • Green, Tammie Somerset, Ohio
  • Grimes, Lisa - Alexandria, Minn.
  • Hurst, Pat - Danville, Calif.
  • Inkster, Juli - Los Altos, Calif.
  • Jeray, Nicole - Berwyn, Ill.
  • Johnson, Trish - London, England
  • Johnson, Christa - Tucson, Ariz.
  • Jones, Rosie - Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Kane, Lorie – Prince Edward Isl., Canada
  • Little (a), Jackie Proctor - B.C. Canada
  • McBride, Maria Hjorth - Orlando, Fla.
  • McGann, Michelle - N. Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Miller, Cindy - Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Neumann, Liselotte - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Palmer, Sandra - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Rarick, Cindy - Tucson, Ariz.
  • Redman, Michele - Plymouth, Minn.
  • Scranton, Nancy - St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Stacy, Hollis - Holmes Beach, Fla.
  • Stephenson, Jan - Sydney, Australia
  • Tennant (a), Lara - Portland, Ore.
  • Tombs, Tina – Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Ward, Wendy - Spokane, Wash.
  • West, Lori - Glenwood, Colo.
  • Wicks (a), Anita - Roseburg, Ore.

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Sue Fracker, The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

JoAnne Carner Heads Home To Washington For Legends Cup

SEATTLE, May 23, 2019 – Washington native JoAnne Carner will be one of four LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members in the field for this year’s second annual Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

Set for June 6-8, at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., the event will host The Legends Tour, along with four top area senior women amateurs.

Hall of Famers joining Carner will be Juli Inkster, Hollis Stacy and 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Jan Stephenson. Carner played in last year’s inaugural event and shot 77 in her opening round – two better than her age (79) at the time.

Now 80, the 43-time LPGA Tour winner competed in last week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open. She missed the 36-hole cut at the major championship, but did not rule out returning in 2020.

“I wasn’t sure I’d be alive at 80,” said Carner, who grew up in Kirkland and went on to win two U.S. Women’s Open championships. “I’ve always loved competing, so to give it one more shot – it’s just sort of a goal, and it’s still so much fun to play.”

Competing as JoAnne Gunderson, she was known as the “Great Gundy” and was a regular contender in the amateur ranks. She married Don Carner, turned professional at age 30, and made her mark on the LPGA Tour, where she was nicknamed “Big Mama.” Carner served as the winning Team USA Solheim Cup captain in 1994.

Fellow Hall of Famer Juli Inkster owns 31 LPGA Tour wins, seven major championships, four Legends Tour titles and will captain her third U.S. team in this year’s Solheim Cup.

Stacy has 18 LPGA tournament wins, one Legends Tour title and is a three-time U.S. Women’s Open winner, while Stephenson owns 16 LPGA Tour titles, including three major championships, and has won three times on the Legends Tour. Both Carner (2015) and Stephenson (2013) are also members of the Legends Hall of Fame.

Thirty-six professionals will compete for a $200,000 purse. Defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain, who has three Legends Tour wins, will return this year hoping to repeat.

Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, will be one of four amateur invitees hoping to contend in The Legends Tour’s Seattle-area event.

The pro-am is set for Thursday, June 6, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for two days. Kids 12 and under get in free. All Boeing employees get in free with ID.

Free public parking is available at Clearwater Casino Resort or Bayside Community Church and includes a complimentary shuttle directly to the golf course.

Gates open at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with tee times starting at 11 a.m.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit official charity partners American Diabetes Association Camp Sealth and the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. Event details are available at http://www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com.

For more info on The Legends Tour, visit http://www.TheLegendsTour.com. To view free live streaming from the first tee for both rounds, subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/legendstour.

Here is the field to date for the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:

  • Anderson, Janet - Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Bartholomew, Jean - Garden City, N.Y.
  • Blalock, Jane - Cambridge, Mass.
  • Carner, JoAnne - Lake Worth, Fla.
  • Crosby, Elaine - Jackson, Mich.
  • Dibos, Alicia - Greenwich, Conn.
  • Doolan, Wendy - Lakeland, Fla.
  • Drew, Heather - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Ertl, Sue - Bradenton, Fla.
  • Finney, Allison - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Folsom (a), Leslie - Tukwila, Wash.
  • Graham, Gail - Naples, Fla.
  • Green, Tammie Somerset, Ohio
  • Grimes, Lisa - Alexandria, Minn.
  • Hurst, Pat - Danville, Calif.
  • Inkster, Juli - Los Altos, Calif.
  • Jeray, Nicole - Berwyn, Ill.
  • Johnson, Trish - London, England
  • Johnson, Christa - Tucson, Ariz.
  • Jones, Rosie - Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Kane, Lorie – Prince Edward Isl., Canada
  • Little (a), Jackie Proctor - B.C. Canada
  • McBride, Maria Hjorth - Orlando, Fla.
  • McGann, Michelle - N. Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Miller, Cindy - Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Neumann, Liselotte - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Palmer, Sandra - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Rarick, Cindy - Tucson, Ariz.
  • Redman, Michele - Plymouth, Minn.
  • Scranton, Nancy - St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Stacy, Hollis - Holmes Beach, Fla.
  • Stephenson, Jan - Sydney, Australia
  • Tennant (a), Lara - Portland, Ore.
  • Ward, Wendy - Spokane, Wash.
  • West, Lori - Glenwood, Colo.
  • Whaley Suzy – Hartford, Conn.
  • Wicks (a), Anita - Roseburg, Ore.

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Sue Fracker, The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

Legends Head To Seattle Following U.S. Senior Women’s Open

SEATTLE, May 15, 2019 – A field of 36 legendary LPGA Tour members will make the Seattle area its next stop following this week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship in North Carolina.

At least 17 competitors from the Senior Women’s Open will be in the field June 6-8, for this year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

Once again, the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., will host The Legends Tour, along with four top area senior women amateur invitees in this year’s second annual event.

And the Seattle event’s defending champion, Trish Johnson, who is in the field for this week’s USGA championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., hopes to keep her competitive juices flowing on the west coast for a second year.

“I’ve played a few tournaments recently, so I feel ready,” said Johnson of Great Britain, prior to her Thursday opening round at the Senior Women’s Open. “This new major championship is a massive plus for senior women’s golf. I didn’t win a major like so many of these players did on the LPGA Tour, so this is my chance in later life.”

One of Europe’s top women players for more than two decades, Johnson is also eager to return to White Horse Golf Club for The Legends Tour event.

“I felt really comfortable the moment I arrived for the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup last year, and that normally makes for good golf,” she added. “I played really well to win, so I’m looking forward to trying to better my score from last year.”

Michigan’s Elaine Crosby also anticipated a return to Pine Needles this week after having played there in the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open. Like Johnson, she hopes a week of major championship competition will translate into top competitive form when The Legends Tour heads to the Pacific Northwest.

“Having majors to still play in is very important for women’s golf,” said Crosby, first-round leader of last year’s Women’s Senior Open. “And I’m really looking forward to going back to White Horse. We feel so welcomed by the tribe and we are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our skills on their course.”

LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster, runner-up to Dame Laura Davies of Great Britain in the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, will make her first appearance in the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup next month following her stop in Southern Pines.

Three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Hollis Stacy will also springboard her week at the Senior Women’s Open to the Kitsap peninsula in her return to the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup.

Washington native JoAnne Carner, at age 80, will be the oldest competitor in this week’s major championship and hopes to break her age in single-round scoring. The LPGA Hall of Famer shot her age (79) last year at the inaugural Women’s Senior Open and says this will likely be her final USGA championship. The Kirkland native then plans to head home to Washington for the tournament at White Horse Golf Club next month.

Two top-10 finishers in last year’s Senior Women’s Open will be in the field at the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup. Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann finished tied for sixth at the 2018 Open and tied for fourth at the 2018 Legends Cup Tammie Green of Ohio finished tied for eighth at last year’s Open and will be making her first appearance in this year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup.

Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, is playing in this week’s Senior Women’s Open and will be one of four area amateurs invited to play in The Legends Tour’s Seattle-area event.

The pro-am is set for Thursday, June 6, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. The field of 36 Legends professionals will compete for a $200,000 purse.

A portion of the event’s ticket sales will benefit the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sealth and The Burned Children Recovery Foundation.

Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com or at the gate on tournament days and include free public parking at Clearwater Casino Resort and Bayside Community Church with complimentary shuttle service to the course. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days.

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

Here is the field to date for the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:

  • Anderson, Janet - Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Bartholomew, Jean - Garden City, N.Y. *
  • Blalock, Jane - Cambridge, Mass.
  • Burton, Brandie - LaVerne, Calif.
  • Carner, JoAnne - Lake Worth, Fla. *
  • Crosby, Elaine - Jackson, Mich. *
  • Dibos, Alicia - Greenwich, Conn. *
  • Drew, Heather - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Ertl, Sue - Bradenton, Fla.
  • Finney, Allison - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
  • Folsom (a), Leslie - Tukwila, Wash. *
  • Graham, Gail - Naples, Fla.
  • Green, Tammie - Somerset, Ohio *
  • Grimes, Lisa - Alexandria, Minn. *
  • McBride, Maria - Tampa, Fla.
  • Hurst, Pat - Danville, Calif.
  • Inkster, Juli - Los Altos, Calif. *
  • Jeray, Nicole - Berwyn, Ill.
  • Johnson, Trish - London, England *
  • Johnson, Christa - Tucson, Ariz. *
  • Jones, Rosie - Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Kane, Lorie – Prince Edward Island, Canada *
  • Little (a), Jackie Proctor - British Columbia, Canada
  • McGann, Michelle - North Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Miller, Cindy - Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Neumann, Liselotte - Rancho Mirage, Calif. *
  • Palmer, Sandra - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Rarick, Cindy - Tucson, Ariz.
  • Redman, Michele - Plymouth, Minn. *
  • Scranton, Nancy - St. Augustine, Fla. *
  • Stacy, Hollis - Holmes Beach, Fla. *
  • Stephenson, Jan - Sydney, Australia *
  • Tennant (a), Lara - Portland, Ore. *
  • Ward, Wendy - Spokane, Wash.
  • West, Lori - Glenwood, Colo.
  • Whaley Suzy – Hartford, Conn.
  • Wicks (a), Anita - Roseburg, Ore.
* Playing this week in the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact:Sue Fracker of The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

Official Charity Partners Named For Seattle Area Legends Event

SEATTLE, May 8, 2019 – The Legends Tour and the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing have named the official charity partners for this year’s tournament, set for June 6-8.

The American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sealth and The Burned Children Recovery Foundation will serve as the event’s charities during the event, to be held at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.

“The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup is proud to support two charity partners through event ticket proceeds and fundraising efforts during tournament week,” said Irene Carper, COO of Port Madison Enterprises, operators of the Clearwater Casino Resort and the event’s title sponsor.

“We have chosen these charities because they focus on the well-being and healthy development of precious young individuals,” added Carper. “PME and the Suquamish Tribe place a strong emphasis on supporting deserving organizations and it is important to us to help them continue their good work.”

The non-profit Burned Children Recovery Foundation (BCRF) was founded in 1989 with the purpose of helping burned children and their families effectively manage the emotional, social and psychological effects from burns. BCRF has assisted more than 127,500 burned children and their families throughout the nation.

“The Burned Children Recovery Foundation is grateful to be collaborating with Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort and The Legends Tour in their fundraising efforts to help our deserving children,” said Michael Mathis, founder and president of the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. “Together we can help our children to accept what has happened and move forward to the full, productive lives we are all entitled to.”

Camp Sealth has provided summer camp experience for more than 1,300 Washington youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years. The program offers numerous outdoor activities for youngsters in a medically safe environment and encourages friendships with others and greater self-confidence among camp participants.

“The American Diabetes Association is honored to have the support of the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort and The Legends Tour to help raise crucial funds and awareness for Camp Sealth, a week-long summer camp for kids ages 7-16 living with type 1 diabetes in Washington,” said Terry Pollard, Executive Director of the Washington and Alaska territories for the American Diabetes Association.

“Camp empowers children with diabetes and their caregivers with the tools and support they need to gain the confidence, knowledge, and independence to live a safe and healthy life,” Pollard added. “Last year, the ADA hosted 57 campers on Vashon Island. With the support from the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing, we look forward to reaching even more families impacted by diabetes with the life-changing experience of Camp Sealth.”

The tournament will open competition with its official pro-am on Thursday, June 6, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. Players will compete for a $200,000 purse.

The event will feature a field of 36 Legends, including defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain and 31-time LPGA Tour champion Juli Inkster. Four top area amateurs also have been given exemptions to play alongside the Legends.

Washington has hosted the LPGA Tour and women’s professional golf for nearly four decades. From 1982-1999, the Evergreen State hosted the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash.

For more details, visit www.TheLegendstour.com. Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com or at the gate on tournament days.

About the American Diabetes Association

Approximately every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. Nearly half of the American adult population has diabetes or prediabetes, and more than 30 million adults and children are living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization on a mission to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. For nearly 80 years, the ADA has driven discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. Magnifying the urgency of this epidemic, the ADA works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with the illness, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them by initiating programs, advocacy and education efforts that can lead to improved health outcomes and quality of life. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit us at diabetes.org. Information is available in English and Spanish. Join the conversation with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

About The Burned Children Recovery Foundation

The Burned Children Recovery Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 1989. Michael T. Mathis, Founder and President of BCRF, was burned over 64% of his body at age 11 in 1967. Since the BCRF’s inception, Mathis has built a dedicated staff led by Executive Director Kathleen Boutiette-Mathis, committed to helping burned children and their families effectively manage the emotional, social and psychological effects from burns. Over 280,000 children are burned in the United States annually. Many burned children, because of the negative response to their burn scars, are hiding and not living life. The BCRF provides hope and new beginnings for burned children through counseling, support, special events, family-centric activities and ongoing recovery programs. The BCRF has over 780 volunteers who play an important role in fulfilling the foundation's mission, helping children and their families transition from victims to survivors. To date, the BCRF has also distributed over 127,500 recovery packets to burned children and their families. For additional information on the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, please visit www.burnedchildrenrecovery.org.

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact:Sue Fracker of The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

LPGA Legends Return to White Horse

SEATTLE, April 30, 2019 - Hall-of-Famer Jan Stephenson headlines an outstanding field of LPGA Legends at June's Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup at White Horse. Read more here


Pacific Northwest Amateurs To Compete With LPGA Legends

SEATTLE, April 24, 2019 – Four top senior women amateurs from the Pacific Northwest have received exemptions to compete alongside members of The Legends Tour in this year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.



Playing for the first time along with the professionals June 6-8, at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., will be the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., as well as Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, Wash., Jackie Little of Proctor, British Columbia, Canada, and Anita Wicks of Roseburg, Ore.

Both Tennant and her sister, Renee Baumgartner, were standout players on their respective college teams – Tennant at the University of Arizona, and Baumgartner, at the University of Southern California, later spending 17 years as the head women’s golf coach at the University of Oregon. Tennant also coached at Oregon.

Mother of five children who played limited golf in her 30s and 40s, Tennant entered senior-level competitive golf in 2017 at age 50, winning both the Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur and Oregon Women’s Mid-Amateur championships. She defended both titles in 2018.

She also was the medalist in her first U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, held on her home course in 2017 at Portland’s Waverley Country Club, and tied for fourth at the prestigious North & South Senior Women’s Amateur Championship last year in Pinehurst, N.C.

“I still played and kept in the game a little bit, but my goal was to be physically, mentally and competitively ready to go see what I could do in senior golf,” Tennant said at last year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. “It has renewed a passion for me in golf that has coincided with me turning 50.”

The 2018 Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) Senior Women’s Player of the Year, Folsom also hopes to test herself alongside players she grew up watching as a teenager. She played golf collegiately at the University of Memphis before launching her career as an IT consultant with Slalom Consulting.

“By adding the senior amateurs to this event, The Legends Tour has embraced the entire female golf community,” said Folsom, winner of the 2018 WSGA Senior Women’s Champion of Champions Championship, the 2018 WSGA Senior Women’s Am Championship, the Washington State Women’s Golf Association (WSWGA) Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and the WSWGA Women’s Best-Ball Championship.

“Hopefully, this will allow those not familiar with women’s golf to see that you can pursue competition as a touring professional and as an amateur,” Folsom added.

Winner of Canada’s 2018 Zone Women’s Senior and Amateur championships, 2018 British Columbia Senior and Super Senior women’s championships, the 2018 British Columbia Women’s Masters championship, the 2018 PNGA Senior Women’s championship, and the 2018 Canadian Super Senior championship, Little said she is “very familiar” with Canada’s women LPGA professionals -- especially Gail Graham and Lorie Kane, with whom she “played a lot of amateur competition.”

“I’m really excited to play with the professionals – something I’ve never done,” said Little. “It will be very cool to play among the professionals I’ve idolized.”

A former resident of Kingston, Wash., Anita Sandstede-Wicks said she is “absolutely thrilled to be chosen to participate and to compete with the professionals” in this year’s event. She grew up watching LPGA competition on TV and in Portland, Ore., when the tour came to the Pacific Northwest.

Like many other top amateurs, she played college golf and competed against players, such as current Legends Tour members Juli Inkster and Danielle Ammaccapane, who moved on to winning LPGA Tour careers.

“They all pummeled me on the golf course back then, but I still enjoyed playing against them,” said Wicks, who played for Oregon State University and later worked as a PGA Club professional from 1988-1997 at Dungeness Golf Club and Sand Point Country Club in Washington.

Regaining her amateur status in 1999, Wicks has worked as a licensed tax preparer with H&R Block for the last 10 years while playing competitive amateur golf. She was a member of the Oregon Team of the 2018 PNGA Cup, a semifinalist at the 2018 Oregon Golf Association (OGA) Senior Women’s Amateur, the 2018 OGA Senior Women’s Stroke Play champion, and finished sixth at last year’s North & South Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Amateur invitations were extended based on the performance records of each player’s amateur record in the Pacific Northwest region.

A tournament pro-am is set for Thursday, June 6, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. A field of 36 Legends professionals will compete for a $200,000 purse.

For more details, visit www.TheLegendstour.com. Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com or at the gate on tournament days.

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact:Sue Fracker of The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

Hall of Fame’s Juli Inkster To Headline Seattle Area Legends Event

SEATTLE, March 26, 2019 – LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster will headline the field in June at The Legends Tour’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by The Boeing Company.

Inkster is one of four World Golf Hall of Fame members committed to compete June 6-8, at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. It will be the Californian’s first appearance in this event.

She will be joined by Washington native and fellow Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner, 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Jan Stephenson, and Hollis Stacy.

“I absolutely love playing in the Pacific Northwest and I’m looking forward to returning to the Seattle area,” said Inkster, winner of 31 LPGA tournaments, including wins at the LPGA’s 1983 and 1988 Safeco Classic. “I have such great memories of playing there and winning my first LPGA tournament in the Seattle area in 1983.”

The tournament’s pro-am is set for Thursday, June 6, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. Players will compete for a $200,000 purse.

The event will feature a field of 36 Legends, including defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain and veteran LPGA Tour stars, including Jane Geddes, Pat Hurst, Legends Hall of Fame member Rosie Jones, Canada’s Lorie Kane, Michelle McGann and 13-time LPGA winner Liselotte Neumann of Sweden.

In addition, four-time LPGA Tour winner Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., will also compete in this year’s event, as well as Suzy Whaley, who, in 2018, became the first woman president of the PGA of America.

Six more players will be added to the field and four top area amateurs also will be invited to play alongside the Legends.

Washington has hosted the LPGA Tour and women’s professional golf for nearly four decades. From 1982-1999, the Evergreen State hosted the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash. In addition to Inkster, past Safeco Classic champions in this year’s tournament field will include Brandie Burton (1993), Jan Stephenson (1987), and JoAnne Carner (1985).

Here is the field to date for the 2019 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup:

  • Blalock, Jane
  • Burton, Brandie
  • Carner, JoAnne
  • Crosby, Elaine
  • Dibos, Alicia
  • Drew, Heather
  • Ertl, Sue
  • Finney, Allison
  • Geddes, Jane
  • Graham, Gail
  • Grimes, Lisa
  • Hurst, Pat
  • Inkster, Juli
  • Jeray, Nicole
  • Johnson, Trish
  • Jones, Rosie
  • Kane, Lorie
  • McGann, Michelle
  • Miller, Cindy
  • Neumann, Liselotte
  • Palmer, Sandra
  • Rarick, Cindy
  • Redman, Michele
  • Rinker, Laurie
  • Scranton, Nancy
  • Stacy, Hollis
  • Stephenson, Jan
  • Ward, Wendy
  • West, Lori
  • Whaley, Suzy

For more details, visit www.TheLegendstour.com. Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com or at the gate on tournament days.

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact:Sue Fracker of The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

Jan Stephenson Relieved To Earn World Golf Hall of Fame Entry

BOSTON, Feb. 5, 2019 – LPGA veteran player and Legends Tour co-founding member Jan Stephenson admits she is relieved to be earning entry into the World Golf Hall of Fame this June.

Stephenson will be inducted in a ceremony coinciding with the U.S. Open Championship in California at Pebble Beach Golf Links in mid-June along with the late Peggy Kirk Bell, Retief Goosen, Billy Payne and Dennis Walters.

“I got passed over a few times and I was starting to think it was never going to happen,” said Stephenson, a Sydney, Australia native and current resident of Tampa, Fla. “But I’m really excited and I think I will appreciate this and truly savor it more now than if I had gotten it five to 10 years ago.”

Stephenson was an accomplished amateur in Australia, winning eight titles before turning pro and launching her LPGA career in 1974 -- earning top rookie honors that season. She went on to record 32 professional wins worldwide, including 16 LPGA Tour titles, with three major championships at the 1981 du Maurier Classic, the 1982 LPGA Championship and the 1983 U.S. Women’s Open.

She helped found the Women’s Senior Golf Tour in 2000, which became The Legends Tour, where she has won six tournaments and posted 23 top-10 finishes. She has also played eight times on the World Team in The Legends Tour’s Handa Cup competition.

Stephenson became eligible for World Golf Hall of Fame induction when a change to qualifying criteria more broadly considered nominees’ worldwide wins, impact and merits during respective eras.

“I was ahead of my time because I won a lot overseas, but for many years, those international wins weren’t recognized, which made it tough,” she noted. “It’s nice to finally get in on the merit side once they changed the rules.”

The Australian bought a golf course two years ago in Palm Harbor, Fla., and she now owns and operates Jan Stephenson’s Tarpon Woods. She offers special programs and instruction for disabled military veterans and first responders, as well as for blind golfers at her course. Last October, she hosted 50 blind golfers from ages 14-80 for National Blind Golf Day.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding,” said Stephenson, who has also been involved in golf course design.

A member of The Legends Tour’s Hall of Fame since 2013, Stephenson’s interests are diverse. She has a wine brand and owns a rum distillery. An image influencer on the LPGA in the 1980s when she embraced sex appeal to attract interest in the women’s tour, the Australian has never been shy to try new things and take new steps – including her 2011 appearance as a contestant in Australia’s “Dancing With The Stars” television show.

“I’ve had like three careers and three lives,” said Stephenson, who was honored with the Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for her contributions to the game of golf.

Stephenson will make a public appearance at the Seattle Golf Show Feb. 16-17, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. She will discuss her Hall of Fame induction, as well as her return to the Pacific Northwest to compete in the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by The Boeing Company. That Seattle-area event is set for June 5-8, at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., one day before her Hall of Fame induction dinner in Pebble Beach.

While Stephenson currently spends a lot of time orchestrating and playing in charity events, she jumps at the chance to compete in Legends Tour events each season and is looking forward to the Legends Tour’s Washington tournament.

“There’s still nothing like competition,” she said. “Sometimes I just can’t wait to play.”

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Lisa Mickey at lisamickey@mac.com, and Sue Fracker of The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

The Legends Tour Releases 2019 Tournament Schedule

BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2018 – Now in its 19th season, The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA, will stage five confirmed events in 2019 and its players will compete in two senior women’s major championships next year.

The tour’s 2019 schedule will take the LPGA veteran players and Hall of Famers from California to the Carolinas, and from the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest, over to New England and back to the Midwest to conclude the season.

The tour also hopes to expand its schedule after the new year with announcements about forthcoming events.

“The Legends Tour anticipates a great 2019 tournament season,” said Legends Tour President Christa Johnson. “Our talented players will be competing on some of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses in the United States. We are delighted to partner with wonderful event sponsors and JBC Golf to showcase our extraordinary players.”

“We are optimistic about the prospect of adding at least two new events in 2019 and a greater number in 2020,” added Jane Blalock, CEO of JBC Golf, the Boston-based event management company that provides sales and marketing support for The Legends Tour.

The Legends Tour will open 2019 with a return to the ANA Inspiration for the third year, kicking off the LPGA’s first major championship of the season in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Twenty-four Legends Tour players will compete alongside juniors in the final round of the ANA Junior Inspiration.

Set for March 31, the event pairs top juniors with the Legends and will once again give amateur players a chance to learn from veteran LPGA stars. The winning junior player will also earn an amateur exemption into the major championship.

New for 2019 will be a Legends Pro-Am on Monday, April 1, leading into the LPGA’s championship. Chris Garrett, tournament director of the ANA Inspiration for IMG described “legends and past champions” as a good fit for the event.

“Of all the LPGA Tour stops, it is a great opportunity for people who have been around the event to play [golf] with their heroes and legends of the game,” Garrett told the Desert Sun newspaper.

Legends Tour members and Hall of Famers who have won the championship in past years include Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Betsy King, Nancy Lopez and Patty Sheehan.

The United States Golf Association’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open will move to Southern Pines, N.C., for the second annual national championship. The 2019 event will be hosted May 16-19, at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. Legends Tour member and LPGA Hall of Fame member, Dame Laura Davies of Great Britain, won the 2018 inaugural event by 10 strokes and hopes to defend her title at a new venue.

The Legends will head back to the Pacific Northwest for the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by The Boeing Company. The Seattle-area event is set for June 5-9, and will return to White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. England’s Trish Johnson is the event’s defending champion.

“We are thrilled to welcome The Legends Tour back to the Kitsap peninsula and White Horse Golf Club,” said Irene Carper, COO of Port Madison Enterprises-Clearwater Casino Resort. “We are also pleased and proud to again showcase some of the greatest names in women’s golf for fans in 2019, and we look forward to the camaraderie and community engagement an event of this caliber brings to our premier property.”

Seattle golf enthusiasts will be able to learn more about the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup at the Seattle Golf Show, set for Feb. 16-17, at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Legends Tour members will return to play alongside Symetra Tour members at the Janesville Golf Legends Classic, set for Aug. 4. Legends and the LPGA’s next generation of young professionals will compete together during their respective final round for the first time since 2016.

The event will be staged at Janesville Country Club in Janesville, Wis. A field of 144 Symetra Tour players will compete in a 54-hole stroke-play format. The top 60 Symetra Tour players (and ties) who make the tournament’s 36-hole cut will compete alongside 30 Legends Tour members joining the field for the final 18-hole round.

The third annual BJ’s Charity Championship will return to New England’s Cape Cod area Sept. 5-6, at The Ridge Club in Sandwich, Mass. Twenty-four Legends of the LPGA will compete as two-player teams with defending champs Laura Davies and Trish Johnson hoping to continue their British rule at the event.

The Legends will then head to Nantucket, Mass., Sept. 7-8, for the Legends on Grey Lady event at Miacomet Golf Club. The community will celebrate Nantucket Golf Weekend with 18 Legends, who will play a nine-hole shootout on Saturday and an 18-hole pro-am on Sunday during the event.

Rounding out The Legends Tour’s season at the final stop will be the Senior LPGA Championship, set for Oct. 14-16. The third annual senior major championship will be held at the Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. Once again, Davies will attempt to defend her title.

Since its inception in 2000, The Legends Tour has raised nearly $24 million for charity partners and plans to continue that outreach in 2019.

Here is a summary of the 2019 Legends Tour tournament schedule:

  • March 31 – ANA Inspiration Legends Day
  • April 1 – ANA Inspiration Legends Pro-Am
  • May 16-19 – U.S. Senior Women’s Open
  • June 5-9 – Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by The Boeing Company
  • August 4 – Janesville Golf Legends Classic
  • September 5-6 – BJ’s Charity Championship
  • September 7-8 – Legends on Grey Lady
  • October 14-16 – Senior LPGA Championship

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 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 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.

Contact: Sue Fracker, The Legends Tour, sfracker@jbcgolf.com and 617-513-4716

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.