LPGA forms first major championship for senior golfers

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has announced the formation of its first-ever major championship for senior golfers, with the US city of Indiana set to host the event under a multi-year deal.

The inaugural Senior LPGA Championship will be contested from July 10-12, 2017 at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort (pictured) in Indiana. The Tour has reached a multi-year deal to both host the tournament and have it televised live by pay-television broadcaster Golf Channel.

The field of 81 players will feature a collection of past greats in the women’s game including LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members, current LPGA members and major champions over the age of 45. The 54-hole event will feature a total purse of $600,000 (€560,000) and will be played from Monday to Wednesday, as opposed to most pro golf events which conclude on a Sunday.

The Senior LPGA Championship comes on the back of the February announcement by the United States Golf Association (USGA) of the creation of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will begin in 2018 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.

“This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game,” Mike Whan, LPGA commissioner, said. “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.”

A week-long showcase of women’s golf will begin the weekend prior to the Senior LPGA Championship with a new event on the developmental Symetra Tour at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort from July 7-9. The Senior LPGA Championship will also host pro-ams on July 7-8 at the Pete Dye Course.