LPGA Returning for 2014; Dates Announced
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer officially announced the 2014 tournament will be Monday, May 26 through Sunday, June 1 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, NJ. The best players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will compete for a $1.5 million purse in the 54-hole, LPGA-sanctioned official event. A week of pre-tournament events will lead three days of championship play starting Friday, May 30 and concluding Sunday, June 1. The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer will be televised on Golf Channel. For the latest tournament news and information, visit ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com.
“This shore tradition continues to grow in popularity due in large part to the wonderful support we receive from dedicated fans, volunteers, partners, and of course, ShopRite,” said Executive Director Tim Erensen. “We look forward to again bringing world-class entertainment to the Jersey shore and to do our part in showcasing Greater Atlantic City to millions of golf fans around the world.”
Since 1992, ShopRite has donated more than $26 million to charities by sponsoring LPGA tournaments. In 2013, ShopRite again raised more than $1.2 million for charitable organizations in ShopRite service areas, aiding hospitals, food banks, educational institutions and other agencies.
“On behalf of all of our ShopRite stores, I am pleased that we are able to give back so much to our local communities,” said Joseph Colalillo, chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp., the marketing and distribution arm for ShopRite. “This year we raised $1.2 million for worthy organizations, such as The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, The Foundation of the UMDNJ and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to name just a few. We look forward to continuing our ongoing tradition of offering the best golf and family entertainment for a great cause.”
Originally known as the Atlantic City Classic, the tournament began in 1986 and was played on several courses near Atlantic City with the first two and last 13 years played at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The tournament was officially changed to the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1992 when Wakefern Food Corp. became the title sponsor. One of the most popular stops on the LPGA Tour, the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer has crowned as champions some of the greatest names in women’s professional golf, including Juli Inkster, Nancy Lopez, Betsy King, Annika Sorenstam, Stacy Lewis, and 2013 champion Karrie Webb.