LPGA is coming to White Horse in 2018

SUQUAMISH — The greatest names in women’s golf are coming to White Horse Golf Course in 2018.

The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup will be played at White Horse June 8-10 next year as part of The Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA.

Jane Blalock, a 27-time champion on the LPGA Tour, founded the Women’s Senior Golf Tour, now known as The Legends Tour, in 2000.

“I am excited we are staging our first official tournament in the state,” Blalock said in an announcement of the event.

“The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, being held at the beautiful White Horse Golf Club, will be a perfect Pacific Northwest location to hold this tournament.”

The process of bringing the tournament to White Horse took about a year, according to Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe.

“We had never hosted a tournament of this importance before and there were a lot of budgetary, procedural and logistics planning to do.”

The Legends Tour (www.thelegendstour.com) has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members.

Legends Tour players have more than 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships.

In its 15 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise more than $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in 16 states, Australia and Japan.

White Horse Golf Club, acquired by the Suquamish Tribe in 2010, is nestled on high ground with views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains. The 18-hole course, designed by Cynthia Dye McGarey with course improvements by John Harbottle III, has a course rating of 74.9 and a slope rating of 144. It is considered a challenging course. yet can be played by golfers of all skill levels.

White Horse and nearby Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort are operated by Port Madison Enterprises, the economic development arm of the Suquamish Tribe.