24 PACIFIC NORTHWEST GOLFER | MAY 2019 company,” noted Johnson. “I’m looking forward to trying to beat my score from last year. To win again, I think I’ll have to.” New to the field this year is Inkster, a 31-time LPGA Tour champion who has won four times on The Legends Tour and last year finished runner-up to Laura Davies in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club. Inskter is also the current Solheim Cup captain for the U.S., making an unprecedented third consecutive appearance as captain, following two trips to the winner’s circle in 2015 and 2017. “I absolutely love playing in the Pacific Northwest,” said Inkster, a two-time past champion of the LPGA Tour’s Safeco Classic. “I have such great memories of winning my first LPGA tournament there in 1983. It will be great to come back to the area and try a new course, especially the challenging layout at White Horse.” Washington has hosted the LPGA Tour and women’s professional golf for nearly four decades. From 1982-1999, the Evergreen State hosted the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash. In addition to Inkster, past Safeco Classic champions in this year’s field include five-time LPGA Tour champion Brandie Burton (1993) and World Golf Hall of Fame members Jan Stephenson (1987) and JoAnne Carner (1985). World Golf Hall of Fame member Hollis Stacy, PGA of America President Suzy Whaley and 13-time LPGA Tour champion Rosie Jones – who has seven wins on The Legends Tour – will also appear. LPGA Legends return to White Horse for Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup The LPGA Legends will return to White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. this June, and the stage is set for a thrilling finish with two of the hottest names in senior women’s professional golf slated to compete, defending champion Trish Johnson and LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster. The second annual Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by The Boeing Company will feature a field of 36 Legends of the LPGA and four top area amateurs in two rounds, held Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. The purse is set at $200,000, with $25,000 going to the 2019 champion. Johnson, a native of England, finished third in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2018 and won the 2017 Senior LPGA Championship. An 18-time Ladies European Tour champion with three wins on the Legends Tour, Johnson fired rounds of 66 and 70 in last year’s Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup to finish eight under par and five shots clear of the field. “I recall having a really good practice session at the far end of the range the day I got there,” said Johnson, who birdied five holes on the front nine of her opening round at White Horse. “I felt extremely confident from the start and I really liked the layout of that course.” Johnson looks forward to returning to defend, a position she appreciates even more as a Legend. “Every win is special, but to win on The Legends Tour is especially gratifying considering the Last year’s champion Trish Johnson will be back to defend her title this year. (Photos by Rick Sharp) In the field this year is World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster. SUQUAMISH CLEARWATER LEGENDS CUP presented by The Boeing Company White Horse Golf Club Kingston, Wash. Friday & Saturday, June 7 & 8 • Gates open/parking shuttles start at 10:00am • Tee times start 11:00am • Free public parking at Clearwater Casino Resort • Includes complimentary shuttle to White Horse Golf Club • Last shuttle to parking leaves course at 7:30pm TICKETS $20 for one day; $30 for two days Kids 12 & under – free Available through Ticketmaster or ClearwaterLegendsCup.com