The LPGA is making its way to Horseshoe Bend in 2008.
The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, announced an addition to its 2008 calendar last week -- the Horseshoe Bend Invitational.
Twenty Legends of the LPGA will tee it up at The Golf Course on Turkey Mountain Sept. 28-29 for a one-day charity pro-am, bringing LPGA Legends to Arkansas for the first time ever, and marking only the second event featuring the LPGA in Arkansas in over 50 years.
Children's Hospital of Little Rock is the benefactor of this addition to the north central Arkansas community's sporting calender.
In addition to the pro-am, a one-day community clinic will be held at the course showcasing the swings of various Legends Tour professionals.
Local PGA Golf Professional Chuck McNeight was thrilled to bring the Legends Tour to Turkey Mountain, a picturesque golf course in north central Arkansas with dramatic elevation changes and plenty of challenges. "We are really looking forward to hosting an event of this caliber in our city," said McNeight.
Bob Barnes, mayor of Horseshoe Bend, agrees.
On December 14, he and McNeight played in the Handa Cup Pro-Am with Legends Tour star and LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley in St. Augustine, Fla.
"She was so much fun," said Barnes. "And of course, played a wonderful game of golf."
Legends Tour President and former LPGA standout Jane Blalock sees Horseshoe Bend as a good fit for a pro-am that could grow into an official tournament stop in subsequent years.
"We have a fan base in that region who would enjoy the opportunity to see Legends of the LPGA come through and tackle their local course," said Blalock. "We are encouraged by the commitment of local supporters and excited to build and grow a viable event in their neck of the woods."
The Legends Pro-Am will be the culminating event of a community weekend in Horseshoe Bend.
Activities designed for families and area residents will fill the last weekend of September with the Legends Pro-Am finale on Monday.
The Legends 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 over 100 members, including nine LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Players on the tour have a combined 600 LPGA Tour victories, including 55 major championships.
In its seven seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $6 million in prize money and donated more than $3 million to charity.
The Legends Tour has hosted events in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia.
Major corporate partners are American Airlines, Olay, BJ's Wholesale Club and Sharpie.
For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.