LPGA announces inaugural Senior Championship for 2017
The LPGA announced the creation of the LPGA Senior Championship on Tuesday for the 2017 season. The event will be hosted at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana, and comes off the heels of the USGA establishing the first U.S. Senior Women's Open, to be conducted in 2018.
According to the LPGA, the field will consist of 81 players over the age of 45. The 54-hole event -- which will run July 10-12 -- will feature a total purse of $600,000. There will be no cut.
“This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game,” said Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner. “With the USGA’s recently announced U.S. Senior Women’s Open and now our event, the women who forged the way for the current generation will now have two major championships each year.”
French Lick is no stranger to big events. The resort -- which ranked 17th on the latest Golf Digest Top 100 Public -- hosted the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Championship from 2012-2014 and the 2010 PGA Professionals National Championship.