The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) is headed to the Orlando area’s Reunion Resort to play the 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship from Aug. 29-31.
The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship will be held on The Palmer Course, Arnold Palmer’s signature course, boasting dramatic elevation changes and creating a unique variety of risk/reward shots, a collection of natural preserve areas, generously wide fairways and strategically placed bunkers across all 18 holes.
The LPGA National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,242 yards), Challenge (5,911) and Senior (50+, 5,577 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36-holes.
“We are very excited to be returning to Reunion Resort for this year’s Championship,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the Teaching and Club Professionals and President of the LPGA Foundation. “The resort is the perfect setting for the Championship and the Palmer Course provides unique challenges for our professionals, especially on the greens. Female members of the PGA of America will be competing side-by-side with our LPGA T&CP members for a share of the $100,000 purse and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 KPMGWomen’s PGA Championship.”
The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour. Defending champion, Laurie Rinker, an LPGA Teaching Professional at Eagle MarshCountry Club in Stuart, Fla., will headline the field competing for the Championship as well as one of the eight coveted exemptions.
A number of LPGA T&CP members who reside in Florida will compete in this year’s Championship, including local favorite, LPGA Tour winner and Orlando resident ANNIKA Academy, Charlotta Sorenstam. Other Floridians competing includes two-time LPGA Tour winner, Laurie Rinker of Stuart, Fla. and Sue Ginter of Jupiter, Fla..
Other notable players in the field include past T&CP National Championship winner Laura Shanahan Rowe of Hampton, N.H. Most of the top-8 finishers from last year’s Championship return, including PGA Club Professional Karen Paolozzi (Ga.), Lisa Grimes (Minn.), Jean Bartholomew, Hillery Sence (Mo.), Jessica Carafiello (Fla.), and Jennifer Bermingham (Calif.)
In addition to the Championship, family and friends have the opportunity to join in on the action by participating in the Titleist Pro-Am competition and the PGA TOUR Superstore Meet & Greet.
Professionals, amateurs, and the general public will also have the opportunity to discover new products, test golf club equipment supplied by tournament sponsor-partners and meet with company representatives during the on-site Demo Days, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, 2016.