Former University of Washington golfer and current LPGA player Paige Mackenzie will host 13 of her tour friends in the inaugural Paige Mackenzie Charity Shootout Presented By Prudential Meridian Valley Real Estate.
The one-day event will take place Saturday, Oct. 4 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, a course which used to play host to the LPGA Tour for years until its final run 10 years ago. A total of 12 LPGA players will be on hand for the first-ever event, which will feature a Pro-Am with area club professionals playing along with the LPGA players and a special event for the LPGA players and amateurs following the Pro-Am called a Horse Race.
“We are excited about bringing LPGA players back to Meridian Valley,” said Meridian Valley General Manager Craig McCrone. “Our ultimate goal is to bring the LPGA Tour back to Meridian Valley and to the Northwest. This is the first step in that effort.”
Scheduled to play in the tournament are Mackenzie along with other Northwest natives: Wendy Ward (Solheim Cup player), Allison Hanna-Williams (Portland) and Jimin Kang (Seattle). Former Washington State All-American Kim Welch, who won the most recent Big Break on the Golf Channel, will also be in the field. Julieta Granada (an event winner in 2006), Hannah Jun (a rookie from UCLA) and Irene Cho (who finished sixth at the recent LPGA Championship) along with Kelli Kuehne, Becky Lucidi, Erica Blasberg and Taylor Leon.
Following the Pro-Am, the LPGA players will take part in a Horse Race, along with an amateur partner. The 14 teams will tee off from the same hole with teams being eliminated along the way until there are three teams left on the final hole with one team coming out on top. That event is expected to start at 1:30 p.m.
Money raised from this year’s event will be geared toward Northwest charities, including Vine Maple Place, The First Tee of Seattle and The First Tee of Yakima and Multicare.
For more information, call 253-631-3131.