First up is Happy Fan's 2-part look back at the 2011 season on the LPGA and KLPGA, with his usual focus on what stood out in the play of the Korean and Korean-American golfers on both tours. Here are part 1 and part 2 of the annual Seoul Sisters Awards, the "Seoulies."
Dave Andrews's look back on LPGA rookie Hannah Yun's career got picked up by a British site, golfmagic.com.
Last but not least, some of my regular readers may have heard that Lisa Mickey, a long-time writer for the Futures Tour and LPGA, who's penned hundreds if not thousands of engaging profiles of and well-researched articles on up-and-coming stars in the women's game, was let go a little while ago. Well, she's landing on her feat, with a new blog and a press release for the LPGA Legends Tour. Best of luck to her in 2012!
Legends Tour Announces 2012 Tournament Schedule
BOSTON, January 12, 2012 – The Legends Tour, the LPGA’s official tour for professionals age 45 and over, announces a 2012 schedule that will include new events in Phoenix and Seattle.
The Legends will kick off the year from April 27-29, at the inaugural Walgreens Charity Classic in Sun City West, Ariz. The Phoenix-area tournament will be staged at Grandview Golf Course and will feature a purse of $200,000.
“The LPGA Legends are thrilled to announce this new tournament at Sun City West,” said Legends Tour CEO Jane Blalock. “There is already great excitement about bringing the greatest names in women’s golf to the Greater Phoenix community. We are very proud to partner with Walgreens, which brings accessible health care resources to our community year-round, and to help raise funds for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”
In July, the Legends will bring women’s professional golf back to the Greater Seattle area for the first time in 12 years. The $150,000 Legends Swing for the Cure tournament will be staged July 29-30, at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash. The event will benefit the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen for the Cure and will welcome home Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner, a native of the Pacific Northwest.
The 5thannual Wendy’s Charity Challenge returns to Jackson, Mich., on Aug. 12-13. Once again, the event will be staged at the Country Club of Jackson. LPGA veteran Lorie Kane of Canada is the defending champion at the $100,000 tournament, which will benefit Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Returning to the 2012 schedule is the BJ’s Charity Challenge, set for Sept. 19, at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. Benefitting the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, the event will be played on two courses at Pinehills Golf Club in a pro-am format that pairs professionals and amateurs.
The ISPS Legends Tour Open Championship will return to Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., from Nov. 6-11, for its season-ending tournament. Michele Redman is the defending champion of that $250,000 event with 2010 Legends Tour Open champion Rosie Jones finishing second at the 2011 event.
The Legends Tour also plans to conduct the Handa Cup, the annual competition between international golf legends and those from the United States. Details on date and location of the 2012 Handa Cup will be provided in the coming weeks. Showcasing team competition between players from the U.S. and the rest of the world, the event is in its seventh year.
The Legends Tour typically features a tournament field of 44 players, with such headliners as LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, JoAnne Carner, Betsy King and Patty Sheehan. In addition, other former LPGA stars in the field include Rosie Jones, Jan Stephenson, Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Liselotte Neumann and Lorie Kane.
Tickets to all events may be purchased by visiting www.thelegendstour.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 Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.