BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Old Waverly Golf Course Handa Legends Tour Tournament Chairman Rick Milburn met with the Clay County Board of Supervisors Monday to brief the board on the expected player roster, as well as other details encompassing the upcoming International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) Handa Legends Tour scheduled for Sept. 26 - 28 in hopes of garnering Clay Countyâ€™s support for the event.
It wouldnâ€™t be the first time the area attracted such a high profile golfing event, either. The club hosted LPGAâ€™s U.S. Womenâ€™s Open Cup in 1999, from which Proffesional Golfer Juli Inkster took home top honors.
Named after avid LPGA supporter and Japanese businessman Haruhisa Handa, the event spotlights the â€śgreatest women golfers of all time,â€ť according to information provided by Milburn.
The Handa Cup, according to the packet, brings two teams to the arena. Seated on one side is the 12-person team consisting of U.S.-born LPGA Legends, and on the other side is the 12-person team composed of international LPGA legends.
Confirmed players for Septemberâ€™s event include Team USA players Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, Rosie Jones, Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel; as well as Team World players Sally Little, Laura Davies, Lori Kane and Liselotte Neumann.
â€śThis is a great opportunity for golf fans to get close to the game and the Legends who helped put womenâ€™s golf on the map,â€ť Old Waverly Golf Club Founder George Bryan said in a past interview. â€śItâ€™s also an opportunity for these golfers to experience the warmth and hospitality that are trademarks of Old Waverly and the people of Mississippi.â€ť
Per the packet, the Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including both U.S.-born and internationally-born players. Since its beginnings, Legends Tour golfers have racked in 675 LPGA victories, as well as 70 major championships. In its 13th season, the Legends Tour has played for more than $11,000,000 in prize money.
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