3rd Legends Tour Open Championship Announces Presenting Sponsors, Additions to Schedule
Nancy Lopez leads a field of 44 LPGA Legends in Annual Major at Innisbrook
Innisbrook, FL, September 28, 2011 – The Legends Tour, official senior tour of the LPGA, announced today that the 3rd annual Legends Tour Open Championship at Innisbrook Resort will be presented by Publix and Kraft Foods, a partnership that Jane Blalock, CEO of The Legends Tour, hopes will elevate the Tour’s only major championship to new heights.
“We are very excited to have the support of Publix and Kraft Foods for this premier event,” said Blalock. “The partnership with these two prominent and well respected brands is particularly meaningful for this tournament and will certainly have a most positive impact on the overall growth and future success of The Legends Tour.”
“It is a privilege to be involved with this major championship and the Legends of the LPGA,” said Shannon Patten, Publix manager of media & community relations. “We look forward to connecting with fans and promoting a healthy lifestyle while helping to raise money for an organization as commendable as the Girl Scouts.”
The Legends Tour Open Championship will be held on November 11-13, 2011 on the Island Course at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort. Managing Director, Lloyd Williams, said, “It’s an honor to have such an impressive field competing at Innisbrook this year. The players have tremendous praise for the Island Course which is as beautiful as it is challenging, and we look forward to making this year’s event even more successful for players and fans alike.” The event will feature a field of 44 Legends of the LPGA, including Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez and 2011 Solheim Cup Captain Rosie Jones, who won last year’s championship by five strokes. Jones commented, "The Island Course at Innisbrook is a great test of Florida golf - not too long and very tight. I am looking forward to defending my title in November. If I can master my iron play and make some putts, I believe I will be competitive. Players like to feel the heat of competition and that is what I look for every time I tee it up on The Legends Tour."
In addition to presenting the championship, Publix and Kraft Foods are co-titling two new elements to tournament weekend that promise to enhance fans overall experience: the Healthy Living Expo, a select group of wellness and lifestyle vendors positioned near the clubhouse patio and the Birdie Walk, an on-course walk that leads fans to various checkpoints for vendor samples, culminating at The Legends Tour merchandise tent for a free t-shirt. The expo will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; event attendees can take the Birdie Walk from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., also on Saturday and Sunday.
“The expo and the walk are opportunities to further engage Legends fans and reiterate our sponsors’ – and our Tour’s – message of good health and wellness,” noted Blalock. “Our Legends are committed to continued healthy living through the game of golf and in all other aspects of their lives.”
This featured healthy living initiative at the Legends Tour Open Championship presented by Publix and Kraft Foods is further shared by the event’s new charitable partner, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF). “We are very excited to partner with the Legends Tour,” said GSWCF CEO Kim Jowell, “and for the opportunity to introduce girls throughout the area to what may be a new activity that will encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle now and for years to come.” 100% of the ticket proceeds from the tournament will benefit GSWCF.
Advance tickets are now available for $20 through GSWCF online at www.thelegendstour.com/tickets, or by calling GSWCF (813-262-1785, or 800-881-4475, ext. 1785), or by visiting the Tampa Service Center at 5002 W. Lemon Street in Tampa. Event tickets can also be purchased at the gate. There is no charge for Friday’s Pro-Am, but spectators are welcome to make a donation to GSWCF at the entrance gate. Children 17 and under and all military personnel with ID gain free entrance every day.
For more information about the Legends Tour Open Championship, visit http://www.thelegendstour.com.
For more information about Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf and Spa Resort, visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com or call (727) 942-2000. For more information about Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, visit www.gswcf.org.
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 over 100 members, including ten LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have a combined 650 LPGA Tour victories, including 65 major championships. In its 11 seasons, The Legends Tour has 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.
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. The resort hosts the annual PGA TOUR Transitions Championship at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported ISPA Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course. Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Preferred Golf Club programs. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.
About Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) serves nearly 24,000 girls and 10,000 adult members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties. Did you know that more than 53% of all women business owners are Girl Scout alumnae? For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, visit www.gswcf.org or call 800-881-4475.