The LPGA has been a part of Rochester summers for as long as most residents can remember. Whether it’s watching practice rounds, tournament play, or attending events surrounding the tournament, our community has had the chance to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in women’s golf. One of these events is the Conversation with Champions.
Sponsored by Charles Schwab, it is a unique opportunity for people to chat with some of the golfers, listen to their stories and even pose some questions of their own. This past Tuesday, attendees listened to LPGA players Lizette Salas, Jessica Korda, Gerina Piller and Christina Kim while enjoying a luncheon held in the beautiful Monroe Golf Club Clubhouse. Past champions were also present, such as Gail Graham and Dottie Pepper. They mingled with guests and Dottie brought and autographed copies of her children’s book, Bogey Tees Off.
Another special addition to this year’s Conversation, the Rochester Charles Schwab Team purchased an original Ms. Anthony bag from the National Susan B. Anthony House Museum to give away to a lucky member of the audience. 100% of the proceeds went to support the museum and they are available for purchase. To purchase or learn more, click here.
Although Gretchen Wolk (pictured above) would be the only one to leave with a new Ms. Anthony, everyone that attended the event left with a new perspective on these talented women. They learned that there’s more to them than just being able to swing a golf club. There are also endless amounts of ambition and inspiration, not just from themselves but from their family, friends and other people who have supported them throughout their careers.
With Round 1 completed today, the tournament continues at Monroe Golf Club until Sunday the 17th. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to see these women play, as well support the Wegman’s LPGA. After almost 40 years in Rochester, the LPGA is moving its location but the players and our community hope it will return soon to the place where Susan B. Anthony did so much of her important work in the pursuit for women’s rights.