Date set for 2013 ShopRite LPGA Classic

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GALLOWAY – The ShopRite LPGA Classic will be held Monday through Sunday, May 27-June 2 on the Bay Course at Seaview Resort, tournament officials announced last week.

The top players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association will compete for a $1.5 million purse in the 54-hole, LPGA-sanctioned event. A week of pre-tournament events will lead three days of championship play starting Friday, May 31.

The tournament will be televised on Golf Channel.

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“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,” Executive Director Tim Erensen said Thursday, Dec. 6. “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 $25 million to charities by sponsoring LPGA tournaments. In 2012 it raised more than $1.2 million for charitable organizations in ShopRite service areas, aiding hospitals, food banks, educational institutions and other agencies.

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 12 years played at Seaview. The tournament was changed to the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1992 when Wakefern Food Corp. became the title sponsor. Past champions include Juli Inkster, Nancy Lopez, Betsy King, Annika Sorenstam, Brittany Lincicome, and 2012 champion Stacy Lewis.

Seaview is a historic seaside resort dating to 1915. In 2010 it was purchased by RichardStocktonCollege, which made improvements to the property to continue its tradition of elegant accommodations for vacations, golf outings, weddings and corporate events.

Operated by Dolce Resorts and Troon Golf, the resort plays an integral role in an expanding hospitality and tourism management studies program. Located on 670 wooded acres of New Jersey Pinelands, the resort features 271 guestrooms and suites as well as 36 holes of championship golf on two courses, and 27,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

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