Announcement Made at Inaugural Meeting of
Kentucky Sports Authority
FRANKFORT, Ky – Louisville’s Persimmon Ridge Golf Course will be the site of the Buehler Foods Classic, a Women’s Senior Professional Golf Tour event, from July 28-31, it was announced yesterday at the inaugural meeting of the Kentucky Sports Authority.
Already committed to the event, which is sponsored by Buehler Foods, are legendary Ladies Profession Golf Association (LPGA) players Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Haynie, Sally Little, Pat Bradley, Joanne Carner, Myra “This will be the first opportunity for the golf fans of Kentucky to see some of the LPGA Tour’s greatest names in person,” said Blackwelder, a Kentucky native who won the 1980 Louise Suggs Trophy as the Rookie of the Year. “We’re excited about coming to Louisville to play a great golf course for a great cause.”
Buehler Foods operates grocery stores in Kentucky, Illinois, and southern Indiana. It owns and operates 28 full-variety stores under the banner “Buy Low,” and 17 “Save A Lot” stories, in addition to 10 fuel centers. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Jasper, Ind.
Last year the Buehler Food Classic was held at the Victoria National course in southern Indiana. However, when Buehler’s Foods purchased the Winn-Dixie stores throughout the Louisville area, the company decided to move the event to Louisville.
For the last two years, members of the Women’s Senior Golf Tour have participated in a Pro-Am event at Persimmon Ridge, generating thousands of dollars for Louisville charities. The goal of the first Buehler’s Foods Classic is to donate a minimum of $100,000 to the Crusade for Children.
To qualify for the Women’s Senior Golf Tour, players must be at least 45 years old.
Corporate sponsorships are available in the Drawing Party, Silver, and Bronze categories. The schedule of events includes a free Golf Exhibition and Clinic, two different Pro-Am events, and the championship day on Sunday, July 31.
The Kentucky Sports Authority was formed by Governor Ernie Fletcher to attract sporting events, conventions, and meetings to the commonwealth. The Authority is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence.