Women’s senior golf continues to expand and thrive with the announcement on Tuesday of a new event, the Senior LPGA Championship, which will be played Monday–Wednesday, July 10-12, 2017, at The Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. The LPGA has reached a multi-year deal to both host the tournament and have it televised live on the Golf Channel.
The field for the no-cut, 54-hole event will be 81 women, including LPGA Hall of Famers and major champions over the age of 45. The total purse is $600,000.
This event is the second big addition to the senior women’s calendar. In February, the USGA announced the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will begin in 2018 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said: “This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game. 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.”
According to National Golf Foundation statistics, women represent 22.5 percent of the total number of American golfers, or just over 6.5 million. Females (women and girls) represent the fastest growing segment in the game.