Babe Zaharias Open To Resume After 53 Years

Dallas, TX., – December 2, 2019 – The Women’s All Pro Tour, the official qualifying tour for the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, and the Babe Zaharias Foundation have announced a two-year partnership that will bring women’s professional golf back to the Golden Triangle. The Babe Zaharias Open will feature 78 of the best LPGA hopefuls competing at the beautiful Beaumont Country Club.

“We are excited to bring women’s pro golf back to Southeast Texas. The re-launch of the historic Babe Zaharias Open and the partnership with Babe’s foundation fits perfectly into the philosophy of what the WAPT stands for – More Opportunities for Women in Sports,” says Gary DeSerrano, President of WAPT.

The Babe Zaharias Open was a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour from 1953 to 1967. The tournament was played at the Beaumont Country Club from 1953 to 1964 and at the Bayou Din Golf Club from 1965 to 1967. Babe Zaharias, LPGA co-founder and Beaumont resident, hosted the tournament until her death in 1956.

The new Babe Zaharias Open will be held June 9-12, 2020 at Beaumont CC. The week will include a pro-am event, clinics, parties and a 72-hole championship finishing on Friday, June 12th. The tournament purse is expected to be $40,000 with the tournament champion taking home $7,500. The tournaments winner will also receive an exemption into an LPGA Symetra Tour event.

“Babe Didrikson Zaharias brought Women’s Golf and the Ladies Professional Golf Association to new heights winning 82 tournaments including 14 in a row”, says Babe Zaharias Foundation president, WL Pate. “She has left a legacy that inspires all women athletes, particularly in golf. We believe that partnering with WAPT will expand the opportunities for young women golfers who want to follow in Babe’s footsteps, and we are happy to play a role in that process.”

The funds raised from this event will help enhance the scholarship program for Women’s Athletics at Lamar University and update exhibits in the Hall of Fame.

If you would like to volunteer or more information regarding the Babe Zaharias Open, please contact WL Pate at 409-782-0222 or wlpate10@gmail.com.

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