Portland Classic

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Portland Classic
Tournament information
Location Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Established 1972, 44 years ago
Course(s) Columbia Edgewater
Country Club
Par 72
Length 6,476 yards (5,922 m)
(in 2014)
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Prize fund $1.3 million
Month played June-July (in 2016)
Tournament record score
Aggregate 199 Annika Sörenstam
        (2002) - 54 holes
267 Brooke Henderson
        (2015) - 72 holes
To par −17 Annika Sörenstam
        (2002) - 54 holes
−21 Brooke Henderson
        (2015) - 72 holes
Current champion
Canada Brooke Henderson
Portland is located in USA
Portland
Portland
Location in the United States
Portland is located in Oregon
Portland
Portland
Location in Oregon

The Portland Classic is a women's professional golf tournament in Oregon on the LPGA Tour. Founded 44 years ago in 1972, the annual event in the Portland area is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA Tour. Tournament Golf Foundation has managed the tournament since its beginning and also managed the Safeway International tournament on the LPGA Tour. It became a 72-hole event in 2013, after decades at 54 holes.

Proceeds from the tournament are donated to local children's charities; over $15 million has been donated since 1972.[1] The tournament has had a variety of sponsors during its history.

Tournament names[edit]

History[edit]

The event began as the Portland Ladies Classic in 1972, played at the Portland Golf Club (PGC) in Raleigh Hills for its first two editions. It moved to the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, west of the airport, then returned to PGC in 1975. From 1977 to 1982, the tournament was a team event and its prize money was unofficial. It returned to Columbia Edgewater in 1977, then went to the adjacent Riverside Golf & Country Club in 1980. The three courses rotated as hosts for the tournament until 1990, when Columbia Edgewater became the site for the next 18 editions. In 1978, Ping became a title sponsor. From 1986 to 1995, Cellular One and AT&T Wireless Services also were title sponsors, and in 1996 Safeway took over as the sole title sponsor. The event was moved up on the schedule in 2005, from September to August, and the purse reached $1.7 million in 2007.

In 2009, the tournament moved to the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club near North Plains, and drew a tournament record crowd of 87,800 at the Ghost Creek Course.[2] In 2009 and 2010, the course par was increased to 72 for the tournament, as the ninth hole was modified to a par-5; the result was three consecutive reachable par-5's (8,9, & 10) which slowed the pace of play. In 2011, the eighth hole was lengthened and the ninth was returned to a par-4, resulting in a par-71 course (same as public play).[3] The ninth hole was returned to a par-5 in 2012 for a par-72 layout.

In 2013, the tournament moved back to the Columbia Edgewater in Portland and expanded to 72 holes, with a reduced purse of $1.3 million. Safeway dropped its sponsorship after 2013, and Portland-based Cambia Health Solutions became the presenting sponsor.[4]

In 2015, 17-year-old Brooke Henderson Monday-qualified and won the event by eight shots, the largest victory margin on tour since 2012, and became the tour's third-youngest winner.[5] She was only the second Monday qualifier to win on tour[5] and the first in fifteen years, since Laurel Kean in 2000.[6] Henderson was also the first Canadian to win on the LPGA Tour in fourteen years, since Lorie Kane in 2001,[5][6] and was granted immediate tour membership.[7]

Winners[edit]

Year Date Champion Winning
score
To par Margin
of victory
Venue Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
2016 Jun 30 – Jul 3 Canada Brooke Henderson (2) 274 −14 4 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,300,000 195,000
2015 Aug 13–16 Canada Brooke Henderson 267 −21 8 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,300,000 195,000
2014 Aug 28–31 United States Austin Ernst 274 −14 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,300,000 195,000
2013 Aug 29 – Sep 1 Norway Suzann Pettersen (2) 268 −20 2 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,300,000 195,000
2012 Aug 17–19 Japan Mika Miyazato 203 −13 2 strokes Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.) 1,500,000 225,000
2011 Aug 19–21 Norway Suzann Pettersen 207 −6 Playoff Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.) 1,500,000 225,000
2010 Aug 20–22 Japan Ai Miyazato 205 −11 2 strokes Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.) 1,500,000 225,000
2009 Aug 28–30 South Korea M. J. Hur 203 −13 Playoff Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Ghost Cr.) 1,700,000 255,000
2008 Aug 22–24 United States Cristie Kerr 203 −13 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,700,000 255,000
2007 Aug 24–26 Mexico Lorena Ochoa 204 −12 5 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,700,000 255,000
2006 Aug 18–20 United States Pat Hurst 206 −10 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C 1,400,000 210,000
2005 Aug 19–21 South Korea Soo-Yun Kang 201 −15 4 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,400,000 210,000
2004 Sep 17–19 South Korea Hee-Won Han 207 −9 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,200,000 180,000
2003 Sep 26–28 Sweden Annika Sörenstam (2) 201 −15 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,200,000 180,000
2002 Sep 13–15 Sweden Annika Sörenstam 199 −17 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 1,000,000 150,000
2001 Tournament canceled because of the September 11 attacks [8]
2000 Sep 22–24 South Korea Mi Hyun Kim 215 −1 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 800,000 120,000
1999 Sep 24–26 United States Juli Inkster 207 −9 6 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 800,000 120,000
1998 Sep 4–6 United States Danielle Ammaccapane 204 −12 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 600,000 90,000
1997 Sep 5–7 United States Christa Johnson 206 −10 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 550,000 82,500
1996 Sep 6–8 United States Dottie Pepper 202 −14 2 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 550,000 82,500
1995 Sep 8–10 England Alison Nicholas 207 −9 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 500,000 75,000
1994 Sep 9–11 United States Missie McGeorge 207 −9 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 500,000 75,000
1993 Sep 10–12 United States Donna Andrews 208 −8 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 450,000 67,500
1992 Sep 11–13 United States Nancy Lopez (3) 209 −7 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 450,000 67,500
1991 Sep 6–8 United States Michelle Estill 208 −8 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 400,000 60,000
1990 Sep 7–9 United States Patty Sheehan 208 −8 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 350,000 52,500
1989 Sep 8–10 United States Muffin Spencer-Devlin 214 −2 1 stroke Riverside G.& C.C. 300,000 45,000
1988 Sep 9–11 United States Betsy King 213 −3 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 250,000 37,500
1987 Sep 11–13 United States Nancy Lopez 210 −6 1 stroke Columbia Edgewater C.C. 225,000 33,750
1986 Sep 5–7 Japan Ayako Okamoto 207 −9 6 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 200,000 30,000
1985 Sep 6–8 United States Nancy Lopez 215 −1 Playoff Riverside G. & C.C. 175,000 26,250
1984 Sep 7–9 United States Amy Alcott 212 −4 1 stroke Riverside G. & C.C. 150,000 22,500
1983 Sep 9–11 United States JoAnne Carner 212 −4 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 150,000 22,500
Tournament played from 1977 through 1982 as unofficial team event
1982 Sep 17–19 United States Sandra Haynie &
United States Kathy McMullen
196 −20 2 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 120,000 21,600
1981 Oct 1–4 United States Donna Caponi &
United States Kathy Whitworth
203 −16 Playoff Riverside G. & C.C. 120,000 21,000
1980 Oct 2–5 United States Donna Caponi &
United States Kathy Whitworth
195 −24 4 strokes Riverside G. & C.C. 115,000 21,000
1979 Sep 14–16 United States Nancy Lopez &
United States Jo Ann Washam
198 −21 1 stroke Portland Golf Club 110,000 20,000
1978 Sep 22–24 United States Donna Caponi &
United States Kathy Whitworth
203 −16 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 100,000 20,000
1977 Sep 16–18 United States JoAnne Carner &
United States Judy Rankin
202 −17 Playoff Columbia Edgewater C.C. 60,000 9,000
1976 Sep 17–19 United States Donna Caponi 217 −2 Playoff Portland Golf Club 45,000 6,400
1975 Sep 19–21 United States Jo Ann Washam 215 −1 1 stroke Portland Golf Club 40,000 5,700
1974 Sep 27–29 United States JoAnne Carner 211 −5 2 strokes Columbia Edgewater C.C. 35,000 5,000
1973 Sep 21–23 United States Kathy Whitworth 144^ −2 2 strokes Portland Golf Club 30,000 4,500
1972 Sep 29 – Oct 1 United States Kathy Whitworth 212 −7 4 strokes Portland Golf Club 30,000 3,750

^ rain-shortened tournament
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Tournament record[edit]

Year Player Score To par Round Course
2002 Annika Sörenstam 62 −10 2nd Columbia Edgewater Country Club
2003 Beth Daniel 62 −10 1st Columbia Edgewater Country Club
2009 Beth Bader 64 −8 1st Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course
2010 Ji Young Oh 64 −8 2nd Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course
2010 Song-Hee Kim 64 −8 2nd Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course
2011 Suzann Pettersen 64 −7 3rd Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Ghost Creek Course

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Safeway Classic again generates $1 Million for Local Children's Charities Safeway Classic to Celebrate 40 Years of LPGA Golf in Portland 2011 Tournament Dates Set". LPGA. November 8, 2010. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ Mishler, Randy (August 30, 2009). "Safeway Classic's big number: 87,800 fans at Pumpkin Ridge". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tokito, Mike (August 15, 2011). "Safeway Classic notes: Tour ponders out-of-bounds stakes for already revamped ninth hole". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hayes, Elizabeth (May 20, 2014). "After Safeway exits LPGA tournament, a Portland company saves the day". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Brooke Henderson, almost 18, wins LPGA Tour Portland Classic". ESPN. Associated Press. August 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "2015 Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Tournament Preview". LPGA. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Statement on Brooke Henderson being granted LPGA Tour membership". LPGA. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Hall, Landon (September 13, 2001). "LPGA follows form, cancels Oregon tournament". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 45°35′56″N 122°38′35″W / 45.599°N 122.643°W / 45.599; -122.643