FRENCH LICK, IN. – The 144-player field for the French Lick Charity Classic has been finalized by the Epson Tour. The “Road to the LPGA” makes a two-week stop in the Hoosier State, the first from August 4-7, at French Lick Resort on The Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana. This is the first annual French Lick Charity Classic; however, it is not the first time the Epson Tour has played an event at French Lick Resort.
“We have a long history of supporting women's golf,” said Tournament Director, Dave Harner. “We believe that women represent a very under-utilized portion of future golfers. We look forward to a great event and supporting the LPGA and their future stars!”
Individuals will compete in a 72-hole, stroke-play format for $335,000 and a winner’s share of $50,250. This week’s purse marks the biggest in Epson Tour history, about $135,000 more than the average tournament.
“The winner’s check this week would be the money leader when I first started,” said Epson Tour veteran, Daniela Iacobelli. “It’s tremendous to see how much it’s grown over the past 13 seasons and shows us that it’s going to continue to do so. I hope a lot of other tournaments see what French Lick is doing to support women’s golf and they follow suit.”
Like usual, a cut will be made to the top-60 and ties after 36 holes. There is no cost of admission on the week.
Casey Danielson, last year’s Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort champion, returns to the field to try for back-to-back wins in French Lick.
“French Lick has been an exciting town for my family,” said Danielson. “Both my siblings have competed there as well. To return to the place where I won last year means a lot to me.”
In addition to Danielson, all players ranked in the top-10 will compete for this week’s title, as well as 11 of the 13 2022 champions. The Epson Tour’s most recent champion, Xiaowen Yin will also tee it up following her win at last week’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship.
“I want to keep the feeling of this week,” said Yin after her first professional win. “I’m going to play my shots, focus on my game and hope I can do better next week.”
The event will be live streamed on lpga.com, NBC Golf Channel digital and GolfTV International.