With an opening drive down the front straightaway and over the yard of bricks, the LPGA announced a new event in Indianapolis: The Indy Women in Tech (IWIT) Championship presented by Guggenheim Life. Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Gerina Piller and Indianapolis native Danah Bordner were at the Brickyard – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – for the announcement with Pressel hitting a drive down the track to make things official.
The $2 million tournament will be held September 7-10 at Brickyard Crossing, a Pete Dye-design adjacent to the speedway with four holes that actually play along the track’s infield.
“While the LPGA continues to expand its global reach, we are proud to bring professional female golfers from around the world to the great city of Indianapolis,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “The IWIT Championship adds momentum to our growing presence in the Midwest and it is great to be back in Indiana. The unique layout of Brickyard Crossing will give our players and fans a new experience while showcasing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the world’s most iconic sporting venues, to our global audience.”
The tournament gives the LPGA a much-needed post-Labor Day U.S. event. While Whan was quick to emphasize the tour’s “global reach,” this year’s compressed Olympic schedule means that every event from July 24, when the UL International Crown concluded, until November 17, the opening round of the CME Tour Championship, will have been played outside U.S. borders. Global reach or not, five months is a long time to be away.
Indy should be the perfect answer: a great course and enthusiastic fan base in the heartland before the start of next year’s Asian swing.