Women’s senior tour hopes to play in desert in 2023

It doesn’t have a sponsor or a specific golf course or even a specific date yet, but supporters of a Legends of the LPGA event believe their tour can continue the legacy of Dinah Shore and the LPGA in the Coachella Valley in 2023.

“I don’t really think it is just me,” said three-time Chevron Championship winner Amy Alcott at a news conference Sunday morning announcing the Legends Tour Desert Championship for next spring. “I think it is the community, the people, the passion of all of the people that come up to you and say it is really sad (the Chevron event) is leaving, and we need to keep something here.”

With past Chevron winners Alcott, Patty Sheehan and Sandra Palmer as well as other members of the Legends of the LPGA Tour in attendance, tour officials announced a two-day new team tournament preceded by two days of pro-am play.

Mike Galeski, who was the tournament director of the Chevron Championship in the late 1980s and early 1990s, will serve as tournament director of the new Legends event. He said he and Linda Chen, executive director of business development for the Legends Tour, have a lot of work to do to get the tournament played next year.

Photo: AP, Illustration: USA Today Network

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“We have an opportunity here to not lose momentum and shift into something new. It’s all evolving. The event is evolving, golf is evolving, we can evolve,” Galeski said.

The Legends of the LPGA is the official senior tour of the LPGA Tour for players 45 and older. The tour held six official events in 2020 from June to October, including the Senior LPGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

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