Fresh off her role as a captain’s assistant at the recent Solheim Cup, Nancy Lopez will switch gears next month as a player at the BJ’s Charity Championship.
Set for Friday, September 8, the BJ’s Charity Championship presented by P&G will be staged on Cape Cod for the first time.
The Ridge Club in Sandwich, Mass., will host the two-player team event that will feature 24 LPGA Legends and will benefit BJ’s Charitable Foundation. The tournament’s 18-hole format will feature nine holes of best ball and nine holes of scramble play.
“I am so excited about coming to the Cape to play for the BJ’s Charitable Foundation,” said Lopez, a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame, who will team with LPGA veteran Michelle McGann in the event.
“It is just beautiful in that part of the country and I always look forward to the pro-am event every year, and now, the team event is a great addition,” Lopez said.
Moving from the sidelines of the Solheim Cup to inside the ropes at the BJ’s Charity Championship, Lopez admitted she hopes to take the momentum from Team USA’s recent win with her into this year’s charity team event on The Legends Tour.
Both Lopez and Pat Hurst, also in the field, served as assistants to winning Team USA Captain Juli Inkster at last month’s Solheim Cup.
“The Solheim Cup is always just the best,” said Lopez, who has been both a Team USA player and a former captain for the biennial match-play event between the United States and Europe. “Those girls can really play golf and, of course, they always inspire me.”
Admission is free to the public at this year’s BJ’s Charity Championship. Parking is free at Holly Ridge Golf Course and free shuttle service will be provided to the tournament entrance. No public parking will be available at The Ridge Club.
Fans are encouraged to bring folding chairs to the event. Public concessions, restrooms and a small sampling area, as well as a charity information area, will be available to spectators.
A trophy presentation on the 18th green to crown the champions will be held immediately following play.
Tee Times, Pairings: BJ’s Charity Championship
Jane Blalock, Cambridge, Mass.
Allison Finney, Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
Jan Stephenson, Sydney, Australia
Jenny Lidback, Phoenix, Ariz.
Elaine Crosby, Jackson, Mich
Gail Graham, Naples, Fla.
Lori West, San Diego, Calif.
Cindy Miller, Buffalo, N.Y.
Laurie Rinker, Stuart, Fla.
Donna Caponi, Orlando, Fla.
Pat Hurst, Danville, Calif.
Nancy Scranton, St. Augustine, Fla.
Rosie Jones, Hilton Head, S.C.
Michele Redman, Plymouth, Minn.
Christa Johnson, Tucson, Ariz.
Hollis Stacy, Holmes Beach, Fla.
Liselotte Neumann, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Alicia Dibos, Greenwich, Conn.
Trish Johnson, Coventry, England
Lorie Kane, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Nancy Lopez, Palm City, Fla.
Michelle McGann, North Palm Beach, Fla.
Pat Bradley, W. Hyannisport, Mass.
Barb Mucha, Orlando, Fla.
For more information about The Legends Tour, visit TheLegendsTour.com.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 15 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity.