BOSTON, Mass – The stage is set for the 6th annual BJ’s Charity Championship, , a team event featuring 24 Legends of the LPGA to be held Friday, September 8 at The Ridge Club in Sandwich, Mass.
LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley of Hyannisport, Mass., will make her sixth appearance in the event, teaming up for the second consecutive year with former LPGA Tour competitor turned nationally recognized instructor, Jamie Fischer of Lake Forest, Ill. The pair combined for a final score of 59 in the 2022 tournament to win by two shots.
“We are ready to defend and look forward to it,” said Bradley, winner of 31 LPGA Tour titles including six major championships. “It will be difficult – the competition is getting stronger every year, but I’m so pleased I invited Jamie to partner with me last year because as the old saying goes, we just really ham and egged it well together.”
The format for the single-day, 18-hole tournament is a two-person scramble.
“Pat is a true legend of the game, and I am honored to be her partner for the BJ’s event again this year,” said Fischer who is currently the Director of Instruction at Conway Farms Golf Club. “Pat hits so many quality shots – it’s just fun to watch.”
“I walked the fairways on the LPGA Tour with Jamie’s mom years ago, and it is a treat to be able to play with her daughter in this event,” added Bradley, a member of Hyannsiport Club. “It’s wonderful to see life come full circle and to have this opportunity once again.”
Hosted by 27-time LPGA Tour champion Jane Blalock of Cambridge, Mass., the BJ’s Charity Championship features a mix of LPGA & World Golf Hall of Famers and former LPGA Tour stars pairing off and squaring off in a rare opportunity to play with a partner. “The team format makes the BJ’s Charity Championship a favorite stop for the Legends of the LPGA every year, and the last couple of holes guarantee a thrilling finish,” said Blalock. A member of The Ridge Club, Blalock remains the only player to have carded an ace in the BJ’s Charity Championship since the event’s inception in 2017.
New to the field this year are Sherri Steinhauer of Claryville, N.Y., a past AIG Women’s Open champion (2006) and 8-time LPGA Tour winner who will play with World Golf Hall of Fame member Hollis Stacy of Holmes Beach, Fla.; Ladies European Tour winner Becky Morgan of Abervganney, Wales who will team up with 19-time LET winner Trish Johnson of Porthcrawl, England; and 15-year LPGA Tour veteran Vicki-Goetz-Ackerman of Riverview, Fla. who will partner with Wendy Ward of Spokane, Wa., a four-time LPGA Tour champion.
Proceeds from the BJ’s Charity Championship benefit the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to taking care of families by providing access to essential needs.
“We’re thrilled to host the 6th annual BJ’s Charity Championship at The Ridge Club and welcome this incredible line-up of LPGA Legends to showcase their talent,” said Bill Werner, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re grateful for our sponsors who have generously supported this tournament, which benefits the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and helps families who face challenges with food insecurity, education and health and wellness.”
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, admission to the tournament on Friday is free.
“BJ’s Wholesale Club is such a great partner and a wonderful title sponsor for this Legends team event,” said Bradley. “I’ve been playing in this event for many years and what BJ’s does for the Boston area and the community is just incredible. I am honored to be a part of it.”
Gates open at 9:00 a.m. There is no parking at The Ridge Club, but fans can park for free next door at Holly Ridge Golf Course where shuttles will be available to and from the main tournament entrance. Tee times featuring six foursomes run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. on Hole 1. Play is expected to finish at approximately 3:30 p.m. A trophy ceremony will immediately follow play on the 18th green.