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For Immediate Release
Legends Tour Announces New ISPS Handa Cup Venue For 2015
BOSTON, Jan. 20, 2015 – The LPGA Legends Tour announced a new venue today for its 2015 ISPS Handa Cup. Palm-Aire Country Club, situated in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida will host this year’s international team competition.
The 10th annual ISPS Handa Cup will be staged Nov. 12-14, on Florida’s west coast for the first time. This year’s event marks the third return to the Sunshine State in Handa Cup history.
“We are thrilled to bring the most prestigious and longest-running tournament on the Legends Tour to the Sarasota area and in particular, to Palm-Aire Country Club,” said Jane Blalock, CEO of the Legends Tour. “The ISPS Handa Cup will showcase some of the greatest names in the history of women’s golf -- names that Sarasota golf fans will recognize – as well as legendary players competing on one of the area’s finest courses.”
The event will once again feature team competition between 12 U.S.-born LPGA Legends and 12 internationally born LPGA Legends. The sides will face off in two days of stroke-play competition.
Team USA, captained by Nancy Lopez and led by fellow Hall of Fame members Juli Inkster and Beth Daniel, won the 2014 event and regained the trophy at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The World Team, captained by Sally Little won its first-ever Handa Cup in 2013 at The Hermitage Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn.
“I love the Handa Cup,” said Lopez. “When you represent your country in a competition, it feels that much more special to win – and we beat a really good World Team last year.”
In addition to Lopez, Inkster and Daniel, Legends who have appeared in the ISPS Handa Cup for the American side include LPGA Hall of Fame members Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan and LPGA Tour standouts Rosie Jones and Meg Mallon. Florida residents Laurie Rinker, Nancy Scranton and Barb Mucha have also played on Team USA.
World Team Legends have included soon-to-be LPGA Hall of Fame member Laura Davies and her fellow Great Britain natives Alison Nicholas and Trish Johnson, Lorie Kane and Dawn-Coe Jones of Canada, as well as Australia’s Jan Stephenson, Liselotte Neumann and Helen Alfredsson of Sweden, and South Africa’s Sally Little.
Players for the 2015 Teams will be announced later this year, but Lopez is likely to return as captain for the U.S. side. Sally Little has already committed to return as captain of the World Team.
“We are pleased and honored to host this premier professional women’s golf event,” said Ed Kornberger, Palm-Aire Country Club Board President. “With the ISPS Handa Cup and the caliber of golfers it features – the greatest players from the history of the LPGA Tour -- we are building on the tradition of competitive golf we’ve established here at Palm-Aire. This is a tremendous opportunity for our club and its members, and we look forward to welcoming the LPGA Legends to Sarasota.”
The legendary Dick Wilson -- architect of 60 courses, including Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., and the TPC Blue Monster at Doral in Miami, designed Palm-Aire in the 1950s. Palm-Aire Country Club was originally named The Desoto Lakes Golf Club and Lodge. The club hosted many professional events over the years, with the LPGA’s Louise Suggs and the PGA’s Sam Snead winning tour titles at Palm-Aire in the 1960s.
The inaugural ISPS Handa Cup was played in 2006, at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. It moved to Portsmouth, N.H., in 2010, where it was staged at Wentworth By The Sea Country Club for two years. The event returned to Florida in 2012, where it was hosted by Reunion Resort in Orlando, before moving in 2013 to Nashville, Tenn., where the World Team won for the first time. Team USA is the defending champion this year after reclaiming the 2014 Cup in Mississippi.
ISPS (International Sports Promotion Society) and Dr. Haruhisa Handa, a Japanese businessman with a passion for golf and for supporting charitable initiatives “in the spirit of the game,” will serve as the title sponsor the event. Dr. Handa has designated The Clinton Foundation as an official charity partner. Kornberger and local tournament organizers at Palm-Aire also plan to choose a local charity partner. Details will be announced at a later date.
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About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior 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 120 members, including 13 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 14 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $16 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com
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