Planet Golf — 05 March 2017 by Jim Street
LPGA Legends coming to White Horse

The LPGA is coming back to the Northwest, only this time with a “Legends” tag.

It was announced on Saturday at the Seattle Golf Show that the relatively new LPGA Legends Tour has teamed with the Suquamish Tribe and Clearwater Casino Resort to host the first official tournament in Washington State – to be held June 8-10, 2018 at the White Horse Golf Club, located on Kitsap Peninsula.

Jane Blalock, a 27-time champion on the LPGA Tour, founded the Women’s Senior Golf Tour in 2000. It is now known as the Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA.

“I am excited we are staging our first tournament in the state,” Blalock said in a press release. “The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup will be a perfect Pacific Northwest location to hold this tournament.”

The 72-player field, which will play on Saturday and Sunday, will feature many of the names familiar to LPGA fans all over the world. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA World Golf Hall of Fame members. Further information will be announced later.

The Safeco Classic was a regular stop on the LPGA Tour from 1982 to 1999, at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, usually in mid-September.


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Jim Street

Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, made his first and only hole-in-one on March 12, 2018 at Sand Point Country Club in Seattle and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick, Gleneagles and Castle Stuart in Scotland, and numerous gems in Hawaii are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League Baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and has an 8-year-old grandson, Andrew, who is the club's current junior champion at his home course (Oakmont CC) in Glendale, Calif.

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