Inaugural Rolex Series Concludes At The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai

 

Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 – From 16 – 19 November the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai will host the final tournament of the Rolex Series, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. The European Tour’s top golfers will be vying to crown their season as champion and, for those leading the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, win the coveted Race to Dubai title.

First held in 2009 and becoming part of the innovative Rolex Series in 2017, the DP World Tour Championship is the season finale of the European Tour, of which Rolex has been a partner since 1997. Over this 20-year partnership, Rolex has cemented its place at the heart of the game in Europe, and the introduction of the Rolex Series offers players the chance to compete in a new premium tournament category on the European Tour’s International Schedule.

Played on the world-renowned Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the DP World Tour Championship is a challenging tournament, befitting the season finale. The Earth Course’s sparkling white bunkers and deep green fairways are inspired by the best courses in Europe, providing the perfect setting to crown the season’s best golfer.

Defending champion and Rolex Testimonee Matthew Fitzpatrick said: “I’m looking forward to returning to Dubai to defend my title. This year Rolex celebrates its 50th anniversary supporting golf, and it’s a privilege for me to be a part of the Rolex family and experience that support first hand. The Rolex Series highlights Rolex’s continued commitment to our game and has been an exceptional addition to the season, enabling both European Tour players and fans to enjoy an elevated level of golf, closer to home.”

RACE TO DUBAI
Founded in 2009, and now spanning 47 tournaments in 26 countries, the Race to Dubai is a season-long competition for European Tour golfers that demands sustained quality and excellence throughout the year. On completion of the DP World Tour Championship the leader of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex will be crowned the 2017 winner.

Rolex Testimonee Jon Rahm, ranked number five in the Official World Golf Rankings and already a Rolex Series winner, is a strong contender to win the Race to Dubai. At number four in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, a strong finish for the Spaniard at the DP World Tour Championship could see him join fellow Testimonees Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald as winners of the prestigious Race to Dubai.

ROLEX NEW GUARD
Joining the 23-year-old Fitzpatrick and 22-year-old Rahm in Dubai will be a number of remarkably talented young golfers and fellow Testimonees who belong to the Rolex New Guard. Like their iconic predecessors Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, also known as ‘The Big Three’, these young players are eager to leave their mark on the sport, ushering in a new generation at the top of the men’s game. Among them are Haotong Li, Thorbjørn Olesen and Thomas Pieters and who have eight European Tour wins between them. Fellow Testimonees competing in Dubai include two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer, and two-time European Tour winner Nicolas Colsaerts.

 

ROLEX TESTIMONEES CONTESTING THE 2017 DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI
Nicolas Colsaerts
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Martin Kaymer
Haotong Li
Thorbjørn Olesen
Thomas Pieters
Jon Rahm

ROLEX TESTIMONEE RACE TO DUBAI WINNERS
Martin Kaymer (2010)
Luke Donald (2011)

ROLEX TESTIMONEE DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI WINNERS
Matthew Fitzpatrick (2016)

ABOUT THE ROLEX SERIES
Commencing in 2017, the Rolex Series is the premium tournament category on the European Tour’s International Schedule. Presently comprising eight tournaments, staged in a variety of golfing locations around the world, Rolex Series events will offer a minimum prize fund of US$7 million.

The 2017 roster of Rolex Series tournaments include: the BMW PGA Championship (May 25-28); the HNA Open de France (June 29-July 2); the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation (July 6-9); the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (July 13-16); the Italian Open (October 12-15), the Turkish Airlines Open (November 2-5); the Nedbank Golf Challenge (November 9-12); and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (November 16-19), where the leading golfer of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex will be crowned.

ABOUT ROLEX
Rolex, the Swiss watch brand headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Reveals New Championship Trophy in Time for 2017 PGA TOUR Event

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Reveals New Championship Trophy in Time for 2017 PGA TOUR Event

This Year’s Winner Will Raise The Howard Hughes Cup on the 18th Green at TPC Summerlin

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 25, 2017 – Shriners Hospitals for Children Open today revealed the tournament’s new championship trophy, The Howard Hughes Cup. The winner of this year’s PGA TOUR event, taking place October 30 – November 5 at TPC Summerlin, will take home the cup presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, along with $1.188 million which represents the winner’s share of the $6.8 million purse.

“The Howard Hughes Corporation has a long-standing partnership history with the tournament that has evolved through the years to become the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin®, a premier development of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “As the host community of this golf tournament, Summerlin is exceptionally proud of its affiliation with the PGA TOUR and this event that raises critical funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The introduction this year of The Howard Hughes Cup is the next evolution of our ongoing relationship and support of this tournament that takes place in our own backyard at the award-winning TPC Summerlin. Like many golf fans and Southern Nevadans, we look forward to a great week of championship golf, and we invite everyone to join us.”

The master planned community of Summerlin spans 22,500 acres along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley on land purchased by Howard R. Hughes in the 1950s. Named for Hughes’ grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin, the community is today home to more than 100,000 residents and has ranked among the country’s best-selling communities for decades. Its hallmark lifestyle is created in large part by a robust list of amenities that includes 10 golf courses, 150 miles of trails, nearly 250 parks of all sizes and more. The community is a premier development of The Howard Hughes Corporation which owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S.

Fans will have the opportunity to see The Howard Hughes Cup in person and take photos with it on Sept. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at a special event in the Dining Arroyo at Downtown Summerlin®. Additional details surrounding the display of the cup will be announced soon.

For more information on the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, visit www.shrinershospitalsopen.com or follow the tournament on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

About the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

The 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open brings the FedExCup to Las Vegas as the PGA TOUR returns to the Las Vegas valley for the 35th consecutive year. Many of the top golfers in the world will participate in the competition and help support the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children® from October 30 – November 5 at TPC Summerlin.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children® 

Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system of 22 hospitals that provides specialty pediatric care, conducts innovative research and offers outstanding medical teaching programs, was founded in 1922 by the Shriners fraternity, Shriners International.

Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for thousands of kids with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. The health care system also provides medical educational opportunities and conducts research to improve the lives of children.

For more information, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 30 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2015, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $160 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.3 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

About Summerlin®

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to more than 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 250 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 27 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, ten golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes – priced from the $200,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges please call 702.255.2500. Visit www.summerlin.com for more information.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com.

 

Kingsmill Championship Will Continue through 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 29, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Kingsmill Resort announced today a contract extension for the Kingsmill Championship on Tuesday. Kingsmill Resort, which has held the Kingsmill Championship tournament annually since 2003, will renew its title sponsorship for an additional three years (2018-2020).

“We are thrilled Kingsmill Resort has extended our long-term partnership as it ensures that we will continue the rich tradition of showcasing the best golfers in the world, at one of the very best resorts in the world,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan.

“Everything at Kingsmill is first class –– from the beautiful resort, to the championship River Course, to the incredible volunteers, to the way they treat players and fans alike.”
The contract extension allows the LPGA to continue to add to the list of past Kingsmill Championship winners, which includes the likes of LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb.

“Kingsmill Resort is honored and incredibly excited to once again partner with the LPGA LPGA Tour as we announce the extension of a 35-year-old tradition of professional golf being played at Kingsmill Resort,” Kingsmill Resort’s Chief Operations Officer John Hilker said. “On behalf of our staff and the thousands of volunteers who make the Kingsmill Championship possible, we look forward to working within the Hampton Roads community to provide individuals, families and juniors an opportunity to create and share lifelong memories surrounding the game of golf.”

At the 2017 Kingsmill Championship, current World No. 2 Lexi Thompson famously skydived into her pro-am tee time and then went on to set a tournament scoring record and capture her eighth career win on the LPGA Tour. Thompson was thrilled to hear the LPGA is continuing its annual stop in Williamsburg, saying, “I’m excited to hear that the LPGA will continue to have the Kingsmill Championship. It’s always been one of my favorite stops on Tour with some of the best fans. I can’t wait to return to the Kingsmill Resort next year to defend my title.”

LPGA Tour players consistently rave about the Kingsmill Resort, especially three-time Kingsmill Championship winner and LPGA Tour veteran Cristie Kerr, who said at this year’s tournament: “I just love the feel of the place. It’s a big golf course. It’s a classic golf course with very good greens. I just love the layout.”

About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via
www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram and Snapchat at @lpga_tour.

Senior LPGA and Symetra Tour Return to French Lick in 2018

Senior LPGA and Symetra Tour Return to French Lick in 2018

Hall-of-Famers, major champions, and future stars will compete on both the Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses

FRENCH LICK, IN – The legacy of women’s golf at French Lick Resort was on full display this summer with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank, the first ever senior women’s major championship, and the Symetra Tour’s Donald Ross Classic at French Lick.

The week-long celebration of women’s golf was such a success for both women’s golf and the primary charity, the Riley Children’s Foundation, that French Lick Resort moved quickly to set the dates for 2018.

The Senior LPGA Championship, won this year by Trish Johnson, will be contested next year October 15-17, 2018 while the Symetra Tour’s Donald Ross Classic at French Lick will be played July 12-14, 2018.

The Senior LPGA Championship is part of a five-year commitment with the LPGA Tour and televised on Golf Channel.

A field of 81 players, featuring a collection of past greats in the women’s game including LPGA Hall-of-Famers, current LPGA members and major champions over the age of 45, will compete on the spectacular Pete Dye Course. The 54-hole event offers a total purse of $600,000. The Symetra Tour’s 54-hole tournament played on the Donald Ross Course will have a purse of $200,000.

The history of women’s golf at French Lick dates back to 1957 where Louise Suggs captured the French Lick Women’s Open on the historic Donald Ross course. A few years later the LPGA Championship was brought to the historic site. In 1959 Betsy Rawls won the LPGA major followed by the legendary Mickey Wright winning the title in 1960. In 2013, the resort hosted The Legends Championship on the Pete Dye course and opened up the LPGA Legends Hall of Fame.

In 2018, the resort will add yet another chapter to women’s golf with these elite and historic players returning.

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ABOUT THE LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and head- quartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/lpga official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and

www.youtube.com/lpgavideo

ABOUT FRENCH LICK RESORT

French Lick Resort is a $600 million historic restoration and casino development spread dramatically across 3,000 scenic acres. It encompasses both the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel, which have been fully restored to their original sophistication and luxury, combine for 689 rooms and are located about one mile apart. The casino, built adjacent to the French Lick Springs Hotel, opened in 2006. West Baden Springs, with its spectacular massive dome, opened in 2007 after having not been used for its original luxurious purpose since 1932. Other facilities and amenities at this world-class golf resort destination include two spas with a 36 treatment rooms (they continue to offer the Pluto Miner- al Springs bath), over 51,000 square feet of gaming space, 165,000 square feet of meeting space and a variety of dining and entertainment options. Free shuttle buses serve golfers and visitors from around the world. Visit www.frenchlick.com.

ABOUT THE SYMETRA TOUR

The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and concluded its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events since 1988. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

Registration now open for $140,000 Nevada Open presented by Mesquite Gaming

Registration now open for $140,000 Nevada Open presented by Mesquite Gaming in Mesquite, Nev.

Longest-running professional golf tournament in Nevada offers $140,000 prize purse this November

Mesquite, Nev. (July 24, 2017) — Mesquite, Nev., a golf mecca located 80 miles north of Las Vegas, will once again host the Nevada Open, Nov.7-9 at the CasaBlanca Golf Club and Palms Golf Club. For more than four decades, top aspiring golfers from around the country have competed in this historic tournament. This year, the Nevada Open, presented by Mesquite Gaming and sponsored by the Mesquite Resort Association, features a $140,000 prize purse. Additionally, prizes will be awarded for the pro-am and amateur competitions. Registration is now open and the tournament is projected to sell out once again. Interested professionals and amateurs may visit NVOpen.com for information and reservations.

“Mesquite Gaming is proud to once again serve as host of the always-popular Nevada Open event, welcoming top aspiring golfers to Mesquite during our most beautiful time of year,” said Christian Adderson, tournament director for Mesquite Gaming. “At $140,000, the purse is lucrative and we’re looking forward to seeing the top talent that continuously raises the bar for this tournament year-over-year, as they enjoy our beautiful courses and the hospitality this destination has to offer.”

The entry fee for non-affiliated professionals is $725. The fee for PGA of America golf professionals is $500, while Southern Nevada PGA of America professionals are offered a rate of $450. Amateurs are welcome to compete and the entry fee is $350. Amateur entrants will be screened by the tournament committee and those selected will be contacted personally. All entry fees include accommodations for three nights at CasaBlanca Resort. The event is free to all spectators.

Back for the second year is a special pro-am scheduled for Monday, Nov. 6 at The Palms Golf Club. Proceeds from the pro-am will benefit Mesquite Junior Golf. The pro-am will feature a special prize purse for professionals and amateur golfers. Professionals can bring their own amateur team or Nevada Open officials will pair interested professionals with a team of three amateurs. Registration for the pro-am is also now open.

For years, the best up and coming golf professionals have descended on Mesquite to participate in the Nevada Open, many of whom have gone on to play on the web.com and PGA Tours. Notable participants have included PGA TOUR players Craig Barlow, Tony Finau, Graham DaLaet, Kevin Stadler, Boyd Summerhayes and Champions PGA Tour player Jay Don Blake.

In 2016, Kevin Lucas of Folsom, Calif. took home the coveted Nevada Open trophy and a check for $28,000. Finishing at 19-under par, Lucas had four birdies and one eagle on the final championship day. Additional champions of the Nevada Open throughout its history are Robert Gamez, Vic Wilk, Kevin Penner and Tom Lehman.

For more information, visit mesquitegaming.com and follow Mesquite Gaming on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. For the latest news announcements, executive bios and assets, visit the Mesquite Gaming newsroom.

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About the Mesquite courses
The Cal Olson-designed CasaBlanca Golf Club lies etched into the wetlands of the Virgin Valley, winding in and out of the Virgin River basin, offering a challenging course with a scenic landscape. The golf course offers five sets of tees, allowing golfers of all abilities an exciting golf experience. The 18-hole, par 72 championship course plays to a total of 7,036 yard from the tips. The Palms championship course features two distinct nines. The front nine presents wide fairways and large water features accented with mature palm trees. The back nine offers a thrill ride of elevated tee boxes and places a premium on shot making. The 15th hole boasts a fantastic view of the Virgin River Valley and a chance to let the big dog eat. The Palms plays to 6,804 yards from the tips and is a par 72 course.

About Mesquite, Nevada
Mesquite, Nevada, just 80 miles north of Las Vegas, is a growing resort destination in the picturesque Virgin River Valley. Mesquite combines a small-town atmosphere with a multi-faceted array of big-city attractions ranging from 24-hour gaming and fine dining to celebrity entertainment and championship golf. For more information, visit VisitMesquite.com.

About Mesquite Gaming:
Mesquite Gaming, located 77 miles north of Las Vegas, includes Virgin River Hotel/Casino/Bingo and CasaBlanca Resort-Casino-Golf-Spa. A premier golf destination, Mesquite Gaming owns and operates The Palms Golf Club and CasaBlanca Golf Club. Combined, the two properties feature 1,186 guest rooms, 76,000 square-feet of casino space, with 1,600 slot machines and 36 gaming tables, 70,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space including an outdoor entertainment venue. For more information, visit www.mesquitegaming.com.

Sandra Palmer, Nancy Scranton To Be Inducted into Legends Hall of Fame at French Lick Resort

Sandra Palmer, Nancy Scranton To Be Inducted into Legends Hall of Fame at French Lick Resort

Induction will be held in conjunction with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank

FRENCH LICK, IND.  – LPGA veterans Sandra Palmer and Nancy Scranton will become the newest inductees into the Legends Hall of Fame.

Palmer, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and Scranton, a native of Centralia, Ill., will be inducted on Saturday, July 8, into the Legends Hall of Fame — a permanent exhibit featured at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

The induction will be held in conjunction with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank, set for July 10-12, at French Lick Resort. This year’s event will be sanctioned by the LPGA as a senior LPGA major championship and will feature many members of The Legends Tour.

“I was speechless – really stunned, but deeply honored to learn that I will be a part of the Legends Hall of Fame,” said Palmer, who now lives in Long Beach, Calif.

“I feel very honored to be recognized in this way by The Legends Tour and by French Lick Resort,” added Scranton, who now lives in St. Augustine, Fla.

“It has been such a blessing to be a part of this great group of women and French Lick Resort has not only hosted The Legends Tour Championship for the past four years, but it also created a home to showcase the best women golfers in our history,” Scranton said.

While she is a native Texan, Palmer grew up and played junior golf in Bangor, Maine. She attended North Texas State University, where she was runner-up in the 1961 National Collegiate Championship. She was also a four-time winner of the West Texas Amateur and won the 1963 Texas State Women’s Amateur Championship.

Palmer turned professional and became an LPGA Tour member in 1964. She went on to win 19 professional events, including major championships at the 1972 Titleholders Championship and 1975 U.S. Women’s Open.

Palmer also was the LPGA’s top money winner and Player of the Year in 1975, and she finished in the top 10 on the LPGA’s season money list from 1968-1977. She played in her last LPGA Tour event in 1997.

Palmer was inducted into the Texas State Golf Hall of Fame in 1985, as well as into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1988.

She is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top-50 LPGA teachers. Palmer currently is the director of women’s golf at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif.

In addition, Palmer has played in more than 30 Legends Tour tournaments and routinely still competes in the Legends Honors Division for players age 63 and over.

“It’s wonderful that the Legends Hall of Fame has a home and that a competition for senior women professionals has a worthy stage,” said Palmer. “French Lick definitely brings out the best in your game.”

As an amateur, Scranton won the 1981-1982 St. Louis Metro Championship, the Southern Illinois Championship (1979, 1982-83) and the 1983 Illinois Women’s State Championship.

Collegiately, Scranton attended both Florida State University and the University of Kentucky, where she registered three top-five finishes, including two collegiate tournament wins. Scranton was named to the 1983 All-Southeastern Conference list.

The Illinois native qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt and was a rookie in 1985. She went on to win three LPGA tournaments, including one major championship – the 1991 du Maurier Classic. In addition, she was a member of the 2000 U.S. Solheim Cup Team

After giving birth to twins Libby Jane and Luke Scranton in 2004, Scranton began competing on The Legends Tour, where she has won five times and posted 16 top-10 finishes.

Scranton has also been a stalwart on The Legends Tour’s Team USA for its ISPS Handa Cup competitions, on which she has contributed 19 points and compiled an 8-6-3 match record in the team matches event.

With their induction this summer, Scranton and Palmer will become the ninth and tenth members of the Legends Hall of Fame.

“I was really caught off guard when I found out about this induction,” added Scranton. “I was out of the country visiting my sister and her family in Italy, so it was fun to get to celebrate the news with her.”

Annual inductions include one active member of The Legends Tour who is still regularly competing in official Legends Tour events and one semi-retired Legends Tour member who has made a significant impact on the game during her LPGA and Legends Tour careers.

Palmer and Scranton will join Legends Tour Hall of Fame members Sandra Haynie and Elaine Crosby (inducted in 2016), JoAnne Carner and Rosie Jones (2015), Nancy Lopez and Jane Blalock (2014), and Jan Stephenson and Kathy Whitworth (2013).

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. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 15 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Participate in Senior LPGA Championship Pro-Am

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Participate in Senior LPGA Championship Pro-Am
1st Ever Senior LPGA Championship to be held at French Lick Resort July 7-12

FRENCH LICK, IN (June 28, 2017) – It was announced today that The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, the nation’s 66th United States Secretary of State, will be participating in one of two Pro-Am Tournaments scheduled during the first-ever Senior LPGA Championship, presented by Old National Bank. Joining Dr. Rice for the July 7 event on the Pete Dye Course will be Kathryn Imrie, an LPGA instructor and former tour player, who is also playing in the Senior LPGA Championship.

Rice was the National Security Advisor under former President George W. Bush and became Secretary of State in his second term. The first black woman to be a Stanford provost in 1993, she now is a professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business

Dr. Rice made history again when she was named one of the first of two women ever admitted to Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters tournament.

The championship week, scheduled July 7-12, will feature back-to-back pro-am events pairing some of the biggest names in women’s golf with philanthropic golfers wishing to support Riley Children’s Foundation, the fundraising organization for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

The exclusive pro-am events, sponsored by Faegre, Baker Daniels and Ice Miller, are slated to include 32 foursomes, plus pros. Five World Golf Hall of Fame members – Laura Davies, Patty Sheehan, Hollis Stacy, Betsy King and Pat Bradley – have committed to the Senior LPGA Championship along with an additional 12 LPGA Tour major champions. In total, the group has garnered 375 LPGA Tour wins and over 60 worldwide championships.

The benefit tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and practice, followed by a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. EST. The scramble format pairs players with a different pro for each 18 holes. An awards ceremony will be held immediately following the tournament.

Entry fees for a foursome begin at $6,000. All pro-am golfers will receive tickets to the Pairings Party and VIP gifts.
Presenting sponsor for the 2017 Senior LPGA Championship is Old National Bank. Additional sponsors include Visit French Lick West Baden, Zeus, Coca-Cola, Smithville Fiber, Ice Miller, Hylant and French Lick Casino.

Additional sponsorship and underwriting opportunities may also available. For more information, please contact Joe Vezzoso at 812-639-7653, email srlpga@frenchlick.com or visithttps://frenchlick.com/golf/events/seniorlpga/home.

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ABOUT THE LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and head- quartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA. com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

ABOUT FRENCH LICK RESORT
French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 163,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

ABOUT THE SYMETRA TOUR
The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and concluded its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events since 1988. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

Bogey Golf Tour: BGT Canadian Open

 

Bogey Golf Tour: BGT Canadian Open
June 11, 2017 at Belleview Golf Club, Woodslee, Ontario

Our golfers battled the heat and the wind at Belleview Golf Club in the BGT Canadian Open but still came in smiling! Congratulations to all our winners!

Long drive prizes were $50 gift cards to Golf Town compliments of Supreme Restoration Services Inc. Congratulations to Luke Fraser, Todd Poynter and Peter Harris. Closest to the Pin prizes were 3 days and 2 nights for 2 at Treetops Resort. Congratulations to Luke Fraser and Dan Taylor.

Congratulations to the Low Net Winners in each division
Par Division (0-12.9 hdcp.):
1st place Adrian Roy shot 83 net 69.6
2nd place Danny Angelidis shot 86 net 76.0
3rd place Ramsey Fadel shot 89 net 76.9

Bogey Division (13-21.9 hdcp.):
1st place Doug Brown shot 89 net 68.8
2nd place Dan Taylor shot 90 net 70.5
3rd place Chris Beer shot 88 net 71.4

Double Bogey Division (22-27.0 hdcp.):
1st place Ray Pillon shot 94 net 71.1
2nd place Domenico Paonessa shot 98 net75.3
3rd place Peter Harris shot 98 net 75.4

Congratulations to the Low Gross Winners: Adrian Roy (83), Chris Beer (88) and Ray Pillon (94)

Bogey Golf Tour, the premier amateur golf tour for the average golfer

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Link to results page: www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-results-208/bgt-canadian-open

Upcoming Event: Monday June 19th BGT U.S. Open at Washtenaw Golf Club, Ypsilanti, Michigan

www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-252/bgt-us-open

Bogey Golf Tour: Nick Janick Allstate Classic

Bogey Golf Tour: Nick Janick Allstate Classic
May 28, 2017 at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club, Blenheim, Ontario

A great day for golf. After calling for thunderstorms all day we managed to find a beautiful sunny day in the 70’s to golf in the Nick Janick Allstate Classic. 1st group came in at a record time of 2 hours and 50 minutes with the last group coming in 4 hours 30 minutes. An exceptional timing for tournament golf. After enjoying a nice meal on the patio and the evening coming to an end, the rain began, the thunder boomed and a huge bright rainbow shown across the sky for the drive home. Great way to end the day.

Long drive prizes were $50 to Golf Town, congratulations to Nick Janick, Joe Greco & Paul Boycott. Closest to the Pin prizes were $50 to Golf Town, congratulations to Steve Butkovich, Gerry Thibert and Andrew Folkeringa.

Congratulations to the Low Net Winners in each division
Par Division (0-14.9 hdcp.):
1st place Paulo Salvador shot 77 net 66.1
2nd place Paul Piekos shot 83 net 69.5
3rd place Ramsey Fadel shot 85 net 71.3

Bogey Division (15-19.9 hdcp.):
1st place Gus Gianakakis shot 86 net 67.5
2nd place Gerry Thibert shot 84 net 67.7
3rd place Dan Taylor shot 90 net 70.1

Double Bogey Division (20-27.0 hdcp.):
1st place Andrew Folkeringa shot 89 net 65.7
2nd place Paul Fedor shot 92 net 69.2
3rd place Michelle Grondin shot 96 net 72.0

Congratulations to the Low Gross Winners: Paul Salvador (77), Steve Butkovich (77), Gerry Thibert (84) and Andrew Folkeringa (89)

Bogey Golf Tour, the premier amateur golf tour for the average golfer

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Bogey Golf Tour: Grondin Financial Group BGT Players Championship

 

Bogey Golf Tour: Grondin Financial Group BGT Players Championship

May 15, 2017 at Ambassador Golf Club, Windsor Ontario

We couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day for a golf tournament. Monday was exceptional.  Playing in threesomes and shot-gun starts has enabled us to play tournament golf in four and a half hours, with our first group coming in at just under four hours. A big thank you to Ambassador for hosting our tournament on short notice.  Everyone enjoyed the challenge of this course, designed by world renowned architect Thomas McBroom.

Long drive prizes were donated from Supreme Restoration Services, congratulations to James Gendreau, Adrian Roy and Peter Harris. Closest to the Pin prizes were 3 days at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan for each division, congratulations to Scott Thorpe and Jeremy Flammersfeld.

Congratulations to the Low Net Winners in each division
Par Division (0-11.9 hdcp.):
1st place Tied Mike Cheeseman shot 87 net 74.2
1st place Tied Saad Sarfraz shot 84 net 74.2
3rd place David DiLuca shot 86 net 74.8

Bogey Division (12-16.9 hdcp.):
1st place Adrian Roy shot 82 net 68.2
2nd place Andrew Cruga shot 85 net 72.0
3rd place Chris Beer shot 90 net 74.0

Double Bogey Division (17-27.0 hdcp.):
1st place Peter Harris shot 93 net 68.4
2nd place Pete Taylor shot 96 net 69.6
3rd place Andrew Folkeringa shot 94 net 69.9

Congratulations to the Low Gross Winners: Saad Sarfraz, Adrian Roy and Dan Taylor

Bogey Golf Tour, the premier amateur golf tour for the average golfer

Link to results page: www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-results-205/grondin-financial-group-bgt-players-championship

Link to photo gallery: www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-gallery-205/grondin-financial-group-bgt-players-championship