LPGA Legends Return to Innisbrook

Resort’s Island Course to host Legends Tour Open Championship November 19-21, 2010
 
 
INNISBROOK, FL, April 1, 2010 The Legends Tour will return to the Island Course at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, this fall for the Tour’s second annual major championship – the Legends Tour Open Championship. Drawing thousands of fans in 2009, the LTOC was played for the first time in the United States, the same year it was elevated to major status by Tour officials. With a field that included five Hall of Famers, LPGA Tour regular and Legends Tour rookie Sherri Steinhauer powered back from sidelining injuries to win the $50,000 first place check.
 
“We are thrilled to come back to the Island Course, which is as challenging as it is beautiful,” said Jane Blalock, CEO of The Legends Tour and 27-time winner on the LPGA Tour. “We look forward to competing again at Innisbrook and playing to our cheering fans. And, of course, we appreciate the partnership with the Hoffman Institute, a very worthy cause and one that rings true with our patron sponsor, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.”
 
The 2010 event will be held Friday-Sunday, November 19-21, 2010, and feature two days of professional competition, a pro-am and community outreach programs that may include children’s and/or women’s golf clinics. The Marcia P. Hoffman Institute for Performing Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall located in Clearwater, FL, will serve as the tournament’s charitable partner.
 
“It is an honor to have some of the greatest women golfers of all time return to Innisbrook,” said Sheila. C. Johnson, resort owner and CEO of Salamander Hospitality. “The players love the course and the resort, and we look forward to making the tournament even more successful in 2010.”
 
Tickets are $10 in advance beginning August 15, 2010 (July 15, 2010 for Ruth Eckerd Hall members) and are available by logging on to www.RuthEckerdHall.com or $15 at the gate during the tournament. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds, both advance ticket sales and gate receipts, will be donated to the Hoffman Institute.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available at every level. For information, including pro-am spots, contact Megan Gardner at 617-206-9757 or via e-mail at mgardner@jbcgolf.com. Additional tournament information can be found at www.legendstouropen.com
 
The event is sponsored by the International Sports Promotion Society (“ISPS”), an organization created by Dr. Handa, a Japanese businessman and philanthropist. It is part of The Legends Tour’s Handa Series, which features other international events sponsored by Dr. Handa.
 
For more information about the Legends Tour Open Championship, visit www.thelegendstour.com or www.legendstouropen.com. For more information about Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com or call (727) 942-2000.
 
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 625 LPGA Tour victories, including 65 major championships. In its ten seasons, The Legends Tour has donated more than $8.8 million to 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 Hospitality, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling 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 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 Dr. Haruhisa Handa
Dr. Handa is an international businessman involved in the management of more than a dozen companies and organizations and is recognized globally for his promotion of a wide range of activities on arts and cultural exchanges. Dr. Handa serves as Chairman for a number of organizations worldwide, including, but not limited to, the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, Japanese Blind Golf Association, International Sports Promotion Society, International Blind Golf Association and Women’s Senior Golf Association. Known to many as the “Father of Blind Golf” Dr. Handa founded the first blind golf club in Japan and was appointed to the post of Vice President at the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Britain’s oldest and largest charity, in recognition of  his long-standing commitment to blind welfare. Dr. Handa established the Sihanouk Hospital in Cambodia, a 24-hour, free emergency hospital and was awarded the Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei (Friendship), conferred by King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, the highest award given and for the first time to a foreign private individual. In addition, he was bestowed Commander of the Royal Order of Monisaraphon by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Dr. Handa is known to many as the “Modern Renaissance Man.”
 
About The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall
The purpose of the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute is to provide lifelong learning opportunities which provide accessibility, exploration, discovery and mastery of the arts.  The institution encompasses three distinct arts education divisions; producing, presenting and instruction.  Each division goes far beyond the walls of the Hoffman Institute into schools, community centers, hospitals, specialty residencies and other arts centers throughout Pinellas County, the State of Florida and the east coast of the United States of America.  Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is known for its 2,180-seat, acoustically perfect auditorium. Artists from America and around the world, ranging from classical, rock, opera, Broadway, jazz, pop and more are included in the stellar lineup of more than 200 performances a year.  Ruth Eckerd Hall is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 performing arts centers in the country. Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Ruth Eckerd Hall Foundation are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. For details, visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
 
About Ruth Eckerd Hall
Designed by the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ruth Eckerd Hall is consistently ranked in the top 5 venues in the world with seats of 2,500 or less by industry trade publications and  is known for its 2,180-seat, acoustically perfect auditorium.  Artists from America and around the world, ranging from classical, rock, opera, Broadway, jazz, pop and more are included in the stellar lineup of more than 200 performances a year.  Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Ruth Eckerd Hall Foundation are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. 

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