Wegmans LPGA Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary with the Tournament of Champions, an Opening Ceremony and The Strongest Field in Tournament History

The Following Players will play in the Tournament of Champions on Tuesday, June 20th at 1:30 PM. Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Pat Bradley, Kathy Whitworth, Jane Blalock, Deb Richard, Judy Dickinson, Tammie Green, Sandra Haynie and Lisa Kiggens.

The Wegmans LPGA announced today their plans for their 30th Anniversary. As a special thank you to the Rochester community, volunteers and the LPGA, the Tournament will be bringing back several past champions to compete in the Tournament of Champions. Ten past champions will compete for a $50,000 purse on Tuesday, June 20th at 1:30 PM on the 1st tee at Locust Hill Country Club. Competing in an 18-hole competition, first place will receive $30,000, second place will receive $15,000 and third place will walk away with $5,000. The first champion of the LPGA tournament in Rochester (1977) won a total of $11,000.

In addition to the Tournament of Champions, the Tournament will host a first-ever Opening Ceremony on the 18th green of Locust Hill. Scheduled for 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 20th, those competing in the Tournament of Champion will be joined by Rosie Jones, Meg Mallon, Karrie Webb, Laura Davies, Rachel Hetherington, Kim Saiki, and Lorena Ochoa. Join us as we pay special tribute to all our past champions. Complete with music and delicious food and beverages, the evening will end with an amazing fireworks display. The opening ceremony will kick off the 2006 Wegmans LPGA Tournament and will be free to the Rochester community. For more information, contact the tournament office at 585-427-7100.

Other 30th Anniversary special events and activities will be announced soon.

Purse and Field of Play

The Wegmans LPGA purse for 2006 will be $1.8 million. “We believe with a competitive purse and the schedule date of the week before the Women’s US open, we will again have the best field possible,” states Robert Wegman from Wegmans. In addition to all our great past champions, the following players have expressed their intention to play the in the 2006 Wegmans LPGA: Paula Creamer, Christina Kim, Natalie Gublis, and Morgan Pressel.

Date and Ticket Information

The Wegmans LPGA is scheduled for June 19 – 25, 2006. The Tournament announced that they will continue to offer three types of tickets; ticket prices will remain the same as in 2005. The Hall Of Fame Pass will consist of six individual tickets, one good for each day, Tuesday – Sunday. Each ticket will depict a photo of a Wegmans LPGA Champion. The Hall Of Fame Pass allows admission onto the course and Locust Hill Clubhouse as well as the Champions Pavilion. The Champions Pavilion, open Thursday through Sunday, is located along the 1st fairway and is a state-of-the-art facility with air conditioning, a business center, big screen TV, real time scoring and upgraded bathrooms. A delicious assortment of food and beverages will be available for purchase. The 6-day pass will cost $65.00 now through March 1st. The price will increase after March 1st.

The Tournament will also have a daily pass available for $20.00 and a Tournament Pass for $35.00. Prices will increase after March 1st. A ticket will be required for admission onto the course on Tuesday for the Tournament of Champions.

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All Tournament proceeds benefit the two Rotary Camps in Monroe County: Camp Haccamo and The Sunshine Campus. Since 1981, the Tournament has donated more than 6.6 million dollars for the benefit of the two camps. The combination of LPGA Players, The Monroe County Rotary Clubs, thousands of community volunteers, our community partners and Wegmans has ensured a summer camp experience for thousands of children with disabilities and city youth within the Rochester region. Through the volunteer work of Rotarians and the Rochester community, hundreds of local children, from all walks of life, have and will continue to enjoy a camping experience.