August 17, 2017
Henderson goes for three as LPGA’s top players commit to Cambia Portland Classic.
Two-time defending champion Brooke Henderson will go for a three-peat in a field that is shaping up to be extraordinary. Henderson is vying to become the first player to win the Cambia Portland Classic in three consecutive years, all before the age of 20. But, she will have to go head-to-head with the likes of Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn, and current world number one in the Rolex World Rankings, So Yeon Ryu.
The LPGA tour’s longest running non-major event, and the premier annual professional golf tournament in the Pacific Northwest – the Cambia Portland Classic – is expecting a very strong field of competitors when the first groups tee it up at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on August 31.
“Based on the preliminary list, our field will be loaded,” said Tom Maletis, Chairman of Tournament Golf Foundation, the local organizer for the Cambia Portland Classic. “We have an incredible group of professionals slated for this year, which will be an exciting treat for Portland area golf fans.”
Among those slated to compete are:
• The top three players on the Rolex World Rankings — So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson and Ariya Jutanugarn
• Fifteen 2017 Solheim Cup team members, including seven from the United States and eight from Europe.
• Seven past Portland Classic champions (Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Mika Miyazato, Austin Ernst and Brooke Henderson)
• LPGA Hall of Fame members Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Inbee Park
• University of Oregon junior Kathleen Scavo, who earned an opportunity to compete against the LPGA professionals by winning the Portland Classic Amateur Open earlier this month
The final field list will be completed after the commitment deadline on August 22.
The Cambia Portland Classic features the world’s top women professional golfers at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club in Portland, OR, from August 31 – September 3. The 72-hole tournament features a purse of $1.3 million and broadcast coverage on the Golf Channel for all four rounds. Now in its 46th year, the event has raised over $18 million for a variety of local organizations since its inception.
Tickets to the Portland Classic are available now at PortlandClassic.com.
Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF) is a local Portland area non-profit comprised largely of volunteers who donate their time and provide the primary operations for the Portland Classic. Established in 1972, the group is now comprised of more than 50 local individuals and business leaders.