The inaugural Senior LPGA Championship kicks off July 10 from French Lick Casino and Resort in Indiana, marking the first time a major has been held for senior female golfers (with the U.S. Senior Women's Open coming in 2018 as the second). The 81-player field will compete for a $600,000 purse with a winner's share coming in at $90,000 in the no-cut, 54-hole event.
To earn a spot on the tee shot at the Pete Dye Course at the resort, a player has to be at least 45 years old (it'll be 50 for the U.S. Senior Women's Open) and fit into one of the exemption criteria.
There will also be an 11-for-2 qualifier on July 6 to finish out the field.
The Senior LPGA Championship will air on Golf Channel, with TV times running from 4-6 p.m. Eastern on all three days of the tournament.
Senior LPGA Championship qualifying and exemption categories
- LPGA or World Golf Hall of Fame members: Laura Davies, Hollis Stacy, Betsy King, Pat Bradley, Amy Alcott
- Legends Tour winners: Laurie Rinker, Kris Tschetter, Liselotte Neumann, Trish Johnson, Lorie Kane
- Sponsor invites: Suzy Whaley, Lisa Depaulo
- Top five at the Senior LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship: Lori Atsedes, Barb Bunkowsky, Carolyn Hill, Susie Meyers, Anne Marie Palli
- Top 10 eligible players at the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship:: Lisa Grimes, Jean Bartholomew, Wendy Doolan
- Top 40 players on the Legends Tour performance points list: Michele Redman, Pat Hurst, Rosie Jones, Barb Mucha, Christa Johnson, Nicole Jeray, Barbara Moxness, Marilyn Lovander, Cindy Figg-Currier, Martha Nause, Alicia Dibos, Jane Crafter, Michelle McGann, Danielle Ammaccapane, Becky Iverson, Jenny Lidback, Donna Andrews, Val Skinner, Moira Dunn-Bohls, Nancy Scranton, Cindy Rarick, Allison Finney, Kathryn Young-Robyn
- Age-eligible LPGA major championship winners: Brandie Burton, Jan Stephenson, Sally Little, Cathy Johnston-Forbes, Janet Anderson, Betty Burfeindt, Helen Alfredsson
- Age-eligible leaders on LPGA career money list: Jill McGill, Tracy Hanson, Elaine Crosby, Cindy Schreyer, Kate Golden, Dana Dormann, Amy Fruhwirth, Jane Blalock, Gail Graham, Maggie Will, Dina Ammaccapane, Susie Redman, Patti Rizzo, Kathryn Imrie, Kimberly Williams, Terry-Jo Myers, Julie Piers, Barb Whitehead, Suzanne Strudwick, Kristal Parker, Stefania Croce, Myra Blackwelder, Leslie Spalding, Audra Burks, Sue Ertl, Janice Gibson, Karen Davies, Karen Noble, Tina Tombs