Playing it forward: Boeing sponsors LPGA Legends Cup for first time

Sponsorship of pro golf event on course to strengthen the community

June 13, 2018 in Our Community

From the runway to the fairway, Boeing’s impact extends across the state of Washington. This year, Boeing is expanding its community sponsorships to bring some of the greatest names of women’s golf to the Puget Sound region by sponsoring the 2018 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

Boeing is no stranger to the sport of golf, with robust and long-term partnerships with The Boeing Classic in Washington state, and RBC Heritage presented by Boeing in South Carolina. However, the 2018 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing offers Seattle area women’s golf fans the chance to see Legends Tour players hone their games one month before the national U.S. Senior Women’s Open set to take place next month in Chicago.

The Legends Tour, founded in 2000, is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. At least 30 former LPGA tournament winners who are on the tour participated in the tournament which ran June 9-10 at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash. They included LPGA and World Hall of Fame members JoAnne Carner, Pat Bradley, Betsy King and Hollis Stacy.

“On behalf of the tens of thousands of Boeing employees in Washington State, it is a privilege to have welcomed the 2018 Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, presented by Boeing, to the beautiful Pacific Northwest,” said Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are honored to celebrate some of the greatest names in women’s golf, in addition to supporting the communities where our employees live and work.”

Boeing’s employees in Washington received a nice perk with the company’s support of the tournament – free entry both days. In an additional local twist, Washington player and a four-time LPGA Tour winner and three-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member, Wendy Ward from Edwall, Wash., finished 10th in her Legends Tour debut.

“It was a real treat for me to tee it up in my local home state of Washington with some of the best women to play the game,” said Ward.

Bill McSherry, vice president of Government Operations for Commercial Airplanes spent time on the fairway, meeting some of the players and seeing the excitement of the several hundred LPGA fans who came to watch.

“It’s exciting to be able to support womens’ athletics in a tournament like this,” said McSherry. “Not only do we get to see these legends of golf in action in our own backyard, but this allows those athletes to ‘play it forward’ in a new, local venue to mentor and inspire the next generation of great female golfers.”

“I am so thankful to have Boeing partner with the Legends tour and help support such an exciting event,” said Ward. “Boeing continues to play an important role in professional golf, always dedicated to the community."

By Robin McBride