FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- Old National Bancorp, the largest financial services company headquartered in Indiana, was announced as the presenting Pro-Am Title Sponsor of the upcoming Legends Championship, which will be held Sept. 23-29 at historic French Lick Resort in southern Indiana.
The tournament will feature LPGA legends such as Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, Jan Stephenson and Betsy King. The week-long celebration of women's golf will feature a variety of golf events, with proceeds from the tournament benefitting the American Heart Association.
The Pro-Am partnership with Old National Bank serves as a commitment to maintaining strong community relationships in the state of Indiana, as well as to promote healthy living, with a special emphasis on women's health and heart disease. The event will focus on bringing awareness, through the American Heart Association, to women and families about the importance of good health and nutrition.
"It's truly a privilege to serve as the title sponsor for this exciting week of top-flight professional golf at the beautiful and historic French Lick Resort," said Old National Bank spokesperson Kathy Schoettlin, "It's an even greater privilege to partner with the American Heart Association to bring awareness to women's health issues."
The Legends Championship event will feature a variety of activities, including two days of professional competition, a Pro-Am Sponsor event, the Alice Dye Women's Invitational, LPGA's Women's Clinic and other community outreach programs. The event will feature a field of up to 70 of the top women's professional golfers in LPGA history, including 10 Hall of Fame players and seven Solheim Cup Captains.
"We are very excited to have one of the state of Indiana's oldest financial institutions be part of this celebration of women's golf and promoting a healthy lifestyle," said Dave Harner, French Lick Resort's director of golf. "Old National Bank, through its hundreds of banking offices in the region, will help bring awareness to women's health and the dangers of heart disease, along with creating opportunities for Indiana golf enthusiasts, especially the ladies, to come out and experience a historical event."
The history of women's golf at French Lick dates back to 1957 where Louise Suggs captured the French Lick Women's Open on the historic Donald Ross course. A few years later the LPGA Championship was also brought to the historic site. In 1959 Betsy Rawls won the LPGA major followed by the legendary Mickey Wright winning the title in 1960 also held on the Ross course. In 2013, the history will continue not only with the elite and historic competition, but also with creation of a new LPGA Legends Hall of Fame.
About Old National
Old National Bancorp (NYSE: ONB) is the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana and, with $9.7 billion in assets, ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. Since its founding in Evansville in 1834, Old National has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships with clients in its primary footprint of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, wealth management, investments and brokerage, Old National also owns Old National Insurance, one of the 100 largest brokers in the U.S. For more information and financial data, please visit Investor Relations at oldnational.com.
About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options. Visit www.frenchlick.com.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women's golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 12 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 675 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 70 major championships. In its 12 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $10 million in prize money and helped raise more than $13 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com .
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