LPGA marks 50th season with Cambia Portland Classic
Celebrating 50 years of bringing the best women's golfers in the world to Portland, the Cambia Portland Classic, Sept. 16-19, has been one of the best tournaments on the LPGA Tour.
It's the oldest non-major, full-field (144 players) event on the LPGA Tour, which means organizers have found ways to keep the tournament going since the early 1970s by overcoming any issues — including this year.
Because of concerns about homeless encampments near Columbia Edgewater Country Club on Northeast Marine Drive, Tournament Golf Foundation, the nonprofit that stages the event, moved the event to the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn for the first time.
The field will be stellar, although the world's No. 1 player, Nelly Korda, 23, who has won several LPGA tournaments and more than $1.9 million and an Olympic gold medal in 2021, has opted not to enter the tournament. World No. 2 Jin Young Ko, along with LPGA legends Juli Inkster, Laura Davies and plenty of other top LPGA players will be competing. Former champions Hannah Green (2019) and Marina Alex (2018) will be playing.
"There is a lot of positive energy going into this tournament that we're really excited about," said Susan Etzel, tournament director.
The tournament will be televised live all four days between noon and 3 p.m. PT by the Golf Channel. Etzel said the views from the Oregon Golf Club atop Pete's Mountain in West Linn should translate well to television. She believes the spectators will enjoy the event, too.
The 144-golfer field will compete for a share of a $1.4 million purse. The field will be cut to the top 70 plus ties after Friday's second round. On Thursday and Friday, morning and afternoon groups will tee off from holes 1 and 10. Weekend tee times are between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Etzel said a champion will be crowned Sunday before the Golf Channel's telecast ends at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available through the http://www.portlandclassic.com website.
Admission prices for adults are $25 for a pass to the whole week, or $10 a day. For those 60 and older, a tournament pass costs $15 and daily admission $5. Anyone 17 and younger can attend free of charge, but needs a ticket that can be purchased online. Students in high school or college can attend by showing their student identification.
Active military members and veterans can attend for free. Other groups, such as those with Regence insurance and members of AAA, also have admission discounts.
A parking pass, which costs $5 a day or $15 for the four-day tournament, is required.
Tom Maletis, Tournament Golf Foundation president, said there is a three-year agreement with Oregon Golf Club to host the tournament, and that the club has welcomed the Cambia Portland Classic "with open arms."
Not only has there been 48 Portland tournaments featuring great golfers (9/11 terror attacks forced cancellation in 2001), Tournament Golf Foundation has donated $18 million to charities and helped provide an annual economic impact of about $12 million.
"Yeah," Maletis said, "we're doing a few things right. It's been a great 50 years. We've had some great champions, and witnessed a lot of great moments. To bring a great event to Portland, the best female players in the world, it's been a joy."
Jason Vondersmith, Paul Danzer and Wade Evanson contributed to this story.
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