Legends tournament planned for 2023 in Coachella Valley to honor Dinah Shore
Patty Sheehan won the Nabisco Dinah Shore at Mission Hills in 1996.
(Rancho Mirage - April 3, 2022) – The Legends of the LPGA announced today that they will host a Legends of the LPGA Tour tournament in the Coachella Valley in spring 2023. The tournament, the Legends Tour Desert Championship, will feature Legends of the LPGA players competing in a 36-hole team event format preceded by 2 days of Pro-Am competition. The tournament will also celebrate and honor tournament host and World Golf Hall of Famer Dinah Shore.
“We are thrilled to be able to keep the spirit of the LPGA in the desert with our new event,” said Legends of the LPGA Board President Cathy Johnston-Forbes. “For over 50 years, the world’s best women golfers have competed at Mission Hills Country Club. Many players and champions through the years are now Legends of the LPGA players and are excited about playing in and supporting this new event in the valley," added Johnston-Forbes.
World Golf Hall of Fame member and 1996 Nabisco Dinah Shore Champion Patty Sheehan added, “What a thrill it is to know that LPGA golf will remain in the valley. There is so much history here, and I’m looking forward to competing once again against so many fellow Hall of Famers and legendary players. I can’t wait to tee it up, and am already thinking about who might like to be my partner!”
Former Nabisco Dinah Shore tournament director Mike Galeski will don the tournament director’s cap once again to lead the event. “Coming back to the desert and reprising my role as we build this new event is a great honor. The Legends of the LPGA is a vibrant and growing part of the LPGA. Continuing to celebrate Dinah’s contribution to the tournament and the game will be awesome,” added Galeski.
About the Legends of the LPGA The Legends of the LPGA is the official senior tour of the LPGA providing competitive opportunities for LPGA Tour professionals and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by twenty-five veteran LPGA Tour professionals with the goal of continuing to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women golfers of all time. Legends of the LPGA members, including 15 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members, have combined for over 750 LPGA Tour victories including eighty-four major championships. Legends of the LPGA has helped raise nearly $24 million for charity.
PHOTO CREDIT: Golfchannel.com
Legends who won the Dinah at Mission Hills in its earlier years pose with recent winners of the major championship at the annual Champions Dinner.
Inaugural Colgate Dinah Shore Winner's Circle champion Jane Blalock teed it up with two promising young players in the ANA Junior Inspiration in 2018.
The incomparable Amy Alcott, the LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer who started the tradition of the champion's leap into Poppie's Pond, celebrates her team's top three finish with two amazing young golfers in the ANA Junior Inspiration in 2018.