Legends Tour Championship comes to The Pete Dye Course at French Lick
I’ve written several times about French Lick, Indiana. The history and first-class amenities of the French Lick Resort and the old-world opulence of the West Baden Hotel are second to none in the Midwest, and can hold their own with resorts anywhere in the country.
The Dye Course in particular is getting a great deal of attention, not least of all because it is attracting big-time tournament events, including the 2013 PGA Professionals National Championship and the Men’s and Women’s Big 10 Championships.
Now the titanic track is gearing up to host The 2013 Legends Tour Championship. The tournament will be held Sept. 26-29, and will have a $500,000 purse, the largest on the Legends Tour.
In case you aren’t familiar with The Legends Tour, it is the LPGA’s version of The Champions Tour. In other words, this is the tour where you can watch legendary LPGA players over the age of 45 play some amazing golf. Blalock, for example, won 27 times on the LPGA Tour, and amazingly never missed a cut throughout the 1980s—that’s 299 straight cuts made.
During the media event for The Legends Tour Championship, tour stars Jan Stephenson, Nancy Scranton, and founding Legends Tour Member Jane Blalock described the work it has taken to organize the Legends Tour and also announced that the Legends Hall of Fame will be housed at West Baden Hotel. Blalock even coaxed some tears from Stephenson when she announced that the original LPGA poster girl will join Kathy Whitworth as the two newest members of the hall.
Getting spectators in and out of the otherwise sleepy town of French Lick, and up to the top of the hills through which The Dye Course is routed, will be interesting to watch when it’s time for the Legends Championship.
It will also be good practice in putting on a major tour event for the course and resort staff, given that a little albatross told me that we can expect a forthcoming announcement about yet another major coming to The Pete Dye Course at French Lick.
What? Who said that? Not me. I know nothing…nothing at all…
Former LPGA stars, and current Legends Tour stars, Jan Stephenson, Nancy Scranton, and Jane Blalock (from left to right), answer questions about the Legends Tour, the Legends Tour Championship, and past and current PGA and LPGA players.
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