Nov 19 – Sun, Nov 22, 2020Nov 19-22 2020. Pelican GC. Belleair, FL.
The 1-year-old Pelican Golf Club in Belleair was scheduled to have its big coming-out party next month as the host course for the Pelican Women’s Championship. The party’s been delayed a bit; due to safety concerns during the pandemic, the tournament has been rescheduled to Nov. 9-15. But no matter the date, this will be a major event in local sports annals — the first LPGA tournament to take place in Tampa Bay since the last St. Petersburg Women’s Open in 1989.
Some of the biggest names in women’s golf are expected to compete in the 144-player field, among them Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Lydia Ko, Brittany Altomare and Brooke Henderson. Also slated to participate are St. Pete native Brittany Lincicome and Nelly Korda of Bradenton.
“I don’t know why a new LPGA tournament didn’t happen here sooner,” says Kyle Draper, vice president of partnerships for Eiger Marketing, which is promoting and running the event. “The Bay area has grown so much, and it’s so golf-conscious. We’re getting a lot of sponsor interest, and the Pro-Am is selling well.”
Pelican Women’s Championship Tiburon, Florida live 2020
Pro-Ams, which are part of many LPGA events, allow fans up-close access to the pros. On the Wednesday of Pelican Bay tournament week, 56 threesomes will join tour players in an 18-hole scramble. One pro will play the front nine, and another will jump in for the back nine. Sponsors receive allotted Pro-Am slots and trios can get into the swing of things for $13,500.
On Thursday, LPGA competition tees off, with players vying for $1.75 million in prize money, with a first-place purse of $262,500