At least five World Golf Hall of Fame members will be in the field when the Legends Tour, the LPGA’s official tour for professionals age 45 and over, launches its 2012 season this April in the Greater Phoenix area.
The Legends Tour will kick off the year with the inaugural Walgreens Charity Classic in Sun City West. The tournament will be staged from April 27-29, at Grandview Golf Course and will feature LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan, and Phoenix-area resident Betsy King.
Hollis Stacy, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May, also will be in the field. Stacy won 18 tournaments in 26 years on the LPGA Tour, including three U.S. Women’s Open titles.
“The LPGA Legends Tour is pleased to bring this new tournament to Sun City West,” said Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock. “The Greater Phoenix community has hosted the LPGA for many years and will once again be able to welcome some of the greatest names in women’s golf at this event. We are very proud to partner with Walgreens at this tournament to help raise funds for the hoenix Children’s Hospital.”
Arizona-based Legends Tour players in the field also include France’s Anne-Marie Palli and Sherri Turner, both of Phoenix, and Tucson residents Cindy Rarick and Christa Johnson.
Other headliners in the field will include former LPGA stars Rosie Jones, Liselotte Neumann, Sherri Steinhauer and Val Skinner, who currently works as an on-course reporter for The Golf Channel.
The Walgreens Charity Classic will feature a purse of $200,000 with a field of 40 players. A pro-am is set for Friday, April 27, followed by 36 holes of stroke-play competition on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. Tee times will start each day at 9 a.m.
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital will serve as the tournament’s charity, benefiting from all tournament proceeds. Tickets are $10 each day, with kids 17-under admitted free. Active military are also admitted free with a current ID.
In addition to the golfing events, a Healthy Living Expo and Walgreens Walk and various social activities are planned. For up to date information please visit the Sun City West website at www.rcscw.com.