International golf star and LPGA veteran Laura Davies of Great Britain will make her Legends Tour debut at the ISPS Handa Legends Tour Open Championship next month.
Davies will join a roster of all-time women’s golf greats scheduled to compete in the tour’s Open Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. The event will be staged Nov. 9-11, at The Island Course at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort.
A 79-time winner worldwide with 20 LPGA victories to her credit, Davies has won at least one tournament somewhere in the world in all but one season since turning professional in 1985. Davies is a current member of the LPGA and a life member of the Ladies European Tour. The big-hitting Briton, currently in Asia with the LPGA Tour, needs one major championship or two regular LPGA Tour wins to enter the World Golf Hall of Fame.
“Laura Davies is, without question, one of the biggest draws in all of golf and her dynamic style of play will be such a welcome addition to The Legends Tour this year,” said Jane Blalock, Legends Tour President and CEO. “I’m sure she is looking forward to sharing the camaraderie and competition with many of her longtime LPGA peers and I also know that Laura will be warmly welcomed by all.”
The Legends Tour Open Championship will offer a purse of $220,000 and will feature a field of 44 Legends of the LPGA, including Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Jan Stephenson, defending champion Michele Redman and past Legends Tour Open champions Rosie Jones and Sherri Steinhauer.
Players in this year’s tournament field boast a combined 450 wins and 52 major championships on the LPGA Tour. Contestants in the event also own a combined 39 wins on The Legends Tour, the LPGA’s official tour for professionals age 45 and over.
In addition, there are eight members of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame and 10 past and current Solheim Cup captains for the U.S. and European teams in the tournament field.
The Legends Tour Open Championship is a two-day, 36-hole stroke-play major championship.
Field updates and tournament details for both events can be found at www.thelegendstour.com.
Tickets are $10 each day, with kids 17 and under admitted free. All active and retired military personnel are also admitted free with ID.
Advance tickets also may be purchased online by visiting www.thelegendstour.com/tickets . Tickets also may be purchased at the gate during the event.
About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Recently and completely renovated, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space. Part of Salamander’s Grand Golf Resorts of Florida portfolio, Innisbrook hosts an annual PGA TOUR event at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported ISPA Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the Official Legends 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 100 members, including 10 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 650 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 65 major championships. In its 11 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $9 million in prize money and helped raise more than $11 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com .