MDA to sponsor ISPS Handa Cup at Old Waverly

June 4, 2014

Business, Tourism

mda-logo-web-blkOne of Mississippi’s most venerable golf courses will soon play host to legends, and the state is throwing in its support.

The Mississippi Development Authority will help sponsor the ISPS Handa Cup, the longest-running tournament on The Legends Tour, at Old Waverly Golf Club.

Pitting a team of 12 U.S.-born LPGA Legends against a team of 12 internationally-born LPGA Legends in 36 holes of head-to-head stroke-play competition, the ISPS Handa Cup will make its Mississippi debut Sept. 25-28.

USA Captain Nancy Lopez leads Juli Inkster, Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Pat Bradley, Rosie Jones and more vs. World Captain Sally Little, Laura Davies, Liselotte Neumann, Lorie Kane, Alison Nicholas, Trish Johnson and their teammates.

The ISPS Handa Cup, named for Japanese philanthropist and golf enthusiast Dr. Haruhisa Handa, is a tournament previously dominated by Team USA before the World Team won its first championship trophy in 2013. The Handa Foundation, Dr. Handa’s foundation providing opportunities for blind and disabled golfers worldwide, is the main beneficiary of the event. Information about tickets to the 2014 Handa Cup at Old Waverly can be found at www.thelegendstour.com.

Designed by Bob Cupp and Jerry Pate, Old Waverly Golf Club dates back to 1988 and is no stranger to hosting major events. The 18-hole, 7,018 yard championship course hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open (won by Inkster), the 2006 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and multiple SEC Championships.

“Old Waverly is a serene, beautiful setting where fans can experience the LPGA Legends’ golf excellence,” said George Bryan, founder of Old Waverly Golf Club. “Mississippi’s hospitality, our challenging course design and the competitive balance this year makes for a world-class event.”

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