PORTLAND, OREGON — Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF), the organizers of the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions, announced today that 18-year old Charley Hull has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the LPGA tour’s oldest non-major tournament.
Hull currently holds the 3rd spot on the 2014 LET Order of Merit and is ranked 27th on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. In six LPGA events this year, she has four top 20 finishes, including T7 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and T12 at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. She is a long-hitter (8th on the LET Driving Distance list) who also leads the LET in Greens in Regulation.
Hull turned pro in 2013 and won the Ladies European Tour (LET) Rookie of the Year award as a 17-year old. Playing in 15 LET tournaments, she had 10 top 10 finishes, including five consecutive second place finishes on her way to the sixth spot on the LET Order of Merit.
The young English star became known to U.S. fans last year as the youngest ever player in the Solheim Cup where she was 2-1-0 for the victorious European team in the match play event. She famously beat Paula Creamer 5 and 4 in singles play and immediately asked Creamer for an autograph (reportedly for a friend).
“Charley is an exciting young player and we are very fortunate to be able to introduce her to LPGA fans in the Pacific Northwest,” said TGF President Tom Maletis. “Charley has had an excellent year so far and a successful week in Portland can help her become a member of the LPGA so we can hopefully see her in the Portland Classic for many years to come.”
The Portland Classic can offer two sponsor’s exemptions each year. The tournament’s other exemption will be awarded to the winner of the Portland Classic Amateur Open which will be held on August 18 at Langdon Farms Golf Club.
The Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions will feature the world’s top women professional golfers at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR, from August 28-31, 2014. The 72-hole tournament features a purse of $1.3 million and broadcast coverage on the Golf Channel for all four rounds. Suzann Pettersen, currently 4th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, won the 2013 tournament with a two-stroke margin over Stacy Lewis, currently 1st in the Rolex Rankings.
Proceeds from the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions benefit children’s charities in Oregon. Through 2013, the event has raised over $17 million for a variety of local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Trillium Family Services, Oregon Junior Golf, Easter Seals of Oregon, Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, The Children’s Course, and Evans Scholars Foundation.
Tickets to the Portland Classic are available now at PortlandClassic.com as part of The ESCO Charity Drive which sends 100% of tournament ticket purchases to local charities. Fans can choose from among 13 local charities to receive the revenues from their ticket purchases.
Tournament Golf Foundation is a local Portland area group of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operations for the annual LPGA event. Begun in 1972, the group is now comprised of 38 local individuals and couples.
For more information on the Portland Classic Presented by Cambia Health Solutions and Tournament Golf Foundation, visit www.PortlandClassic.com or call 503-626-2711.
For more information on this press release, contact Tom Maletis (503) 702-5000, or Reid Hutchins (503) 291-0109.