It was Sherri Steinhauer's first Legends Tour event... and it was the Legends Tour's first major. Joe Smith wrote an account of the action for Tampabay.com.
Today, with a second round 70, to finish with a 3 under par 141, Ms. Steinhauer won The Legends Tour Open Championship and took home a $50,000 winner's check.
For those who don't know, the Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. It has over 100 members, among them some of the greatest female golfers of all time, including nine LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Its players have captured an impressive 625 LPGA Tour victories and 65 major championships. In its seven seasons, the Legends Tour has awarded more than $7 million in prize money and donated more than $8.8 million to charity.
This weekend's event was a 36-hole stroke play tournament, sanctioned by The Legends Tour and featuring two days of competition, a pro-am, and a number of community outreach programs, like children’s and women’s golf clinics.
Over the last couple of days I've done quite a bit of reading about the Legends Tour... the players and the events... and I've come away with the distinct impression that these would be some ultra-fun and exciting tournaments to attend. The stellar cast of players emphasize competition... which sort of goes without saying since these are some of the most competitive ladies golf has ever known... but they also appear to put a premium on fun, a commodity that can sometimes be in short supply at golf tournaments.
Coming up next: The Handa Cup, an international competition pitting Senior Women Golfers from the United States against an International Team of Senior Women, a lot like the President’s Cup. Sherry Tabb wrote an informative piece about it last month in her blog, Ladies on the Tee. This year's Handa Cup will be played December 5th-6th at Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL.
I probably won't make it to that awesome event, but do hope to catch up with the Legends Tour in 2010, and if so, I'll definitely bring you a first-hand account.
These legendary ladies get far too little media coverage.