Grosse Pointe FarmsAugust 20, 2014
LPGA pros to highlight Turning Point Invitational
By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It’s been 10 years since Arnold Palmer and a host of PGA professionals played in the inaugural Turning Point Invitational.
This August, it will be the women of the LPGA who take to the fairways and greens of the Country Club of Detroit to help raise funds for Cornerstone Schools in Detroit.
The event takes place Aug. 25 and features 23 LPGA professionals, including 2014 British Open champion Mo Martin.
“I am very excited that these 23 women of the LPGA are coming to help Detroit,” Cornerstone Schools co-founder Clark Durant said. “They’re coming to help the children in Detroit to be able to attend Cornerstone and get a great education.”
The LPGA participants in the field have combined for 162 LPGA tournament victories, seven major titles and three US Amateur titles. There will be six Solheim Cup team members, two Solheim Cup Captains and two World Golf Hall of Fame members.
In addition to Martin, the field includes Nancy Lopez, Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster, Jessica Korda, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller, Katherine Kirk, Jaye Marie Green, Amanda Blumenhurst, Angela Stanford, Lizette Salas, Shasta Averyhardt, Ginger Howard, Cheyenne Woods, Chella Choi, IK Kim, Kristy McPherson and Yani Tseng.
Durant was the driving force behind starting the Turning Point event in 2004, and this is the second time in which professional players will be playing in the event.
“The most important thing that began with Arnold Palmer was to really establish a quality to the Turning Point event,” Durant said. “To continue the tournament through 10 years now, it’s allowed us to open a high school at our Nevada campus (in Detroit), and it’s allowed us to create scholarships for kids to be able to come here, and we continue to do that.”
Durant said that gallery passes are available in limited numbers to the public to purchase, and those in attendance will be able to meet the players.
Each professional player will lead a foursome in a scramble format.
“For those in the gallery, there won’t be any ropes, so they’ll be able to meet a number of the players. I encourage people in the gallery to bring their cameras. It will be a very fun thing,” Durant said.
The goal of the partnership between the Turning Point Scholarship Fund, Cornerstone Schools and the LPGA is to raise $1 million to help Detroit children attend the Nevada campus of Cornerstone Schools.
For more information about the Turning Point Invitational and ticket information, visit http://www.cornerstoneschools.org.