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Deaconess Classic - Past LPGA Guests

Deaconess Classic for Women’s Health Golf Pros. 

2015 - Wendy Ward 

Ladies Professional Golf Association member Wendy Ward (pictured) conducted a clinic for the Deaconess Classic golfers. Ward played collegiate golf at Arizona State University where she was a three-time first team All-American, the Pac-10 champion in 1993 and 1995 and led ASU to team titles in 1993,1994 and 1995. She turned professional in 1995 and qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt in 1996. She has won four tournaments on the LPGA tour and was a member of the 2002, 2003 and 2005 Solheim Cup teams. U.S. Solheim Cup Captain Juli Inkster selected Ward as an assistant captain when the U.S. takes on Europe at the 14th staging of the event at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club near Heidelberg, Germany, September 18-20, 2015.

2014  - Lizette Salas
The 20th annual Deaconess Classic for Women’s Health welcomed LPGA Tour member Lizette Salas.  Salas is a well respected world-class golfer with an incredible 11 top-ten finishes in her career on the LPGA tour.  She ranks 10 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.  Salas has made her name known in the golf world straight from graduating USC.  Salas had a second place finish at the LPGA LOTTE Championship where she set a course record on April 21, 2013.  Salas then went on to win her first championship on the LPGA tour at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship winning by a four-stroke margin. 

2013  - Pernilla Lindberg
The 2013 Deaconess Class welcomed LPGA professional golfer Pernilla Lindberg.  Lindberg, the winner of the 2008 Amateur World Championship, played her collegiate golf at Oklahoma State University, where she won three times.  She was named a First-Team All-American in 2007 and 2009, and was the 2007 NCAA West Regional champion and in 2006, she was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year.  In 2013, Lindberg played in 9 tournaments and recorded 3 top 10 finishes including T7th at The Helsingborg Open and Volvik RACV Ladies Masters. She ended the season ranked 18th on the Money List for the third consecutive year and 9th on the Solheim Cup rankings.

2012 - Paige Mackenzie
The 18th annual Deaconess Classic for Women's Health welcomed LPGA member Paige Mackenzie. Paige, who graduated from the University of Washington, rewrote record books during her collegiate career and finished her senior season as Golfweek's top amateur. Paige was a three-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American.

2011 - Allison Fouch
LPGA Tour player Allison Fouch conducted a clinic for the Deaconess Classic golfers. Allison, who graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in chemistry, was an NCAA Honorable All-American and a three-time Big Ten All-Conference selection.  Allison won three tournaments while at Michigan State University. Allison has four Top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour.  Allison was a member of the victorious U.S. team at the Women's World University Golf Championship in 2002 and placed second individually.  In February 2011, Allison was elected by her peers to the LPGA Board of Directors. 

2010 - Amanda Blumenherst 
The 2010 event began with a golf clinic hosted by Amanda Blumenherst. Amanda, who graduated from Duke University in 2009 and turned pro in 2010, closed out her collegiate career as one of the best Division I women's golfers in NCAA history. Amanda is a three-time National Player of the Year and she was also the first three-time winner of the Nancy Lopez Award, which is presented to the top amateur golfer in the United States. Amanda also won the 2008 USGA Women's Amateur Championship.

2009 - Nancy Lopez 
LPGA Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez was the guest for the 15th annual Deaconess Classic for Women's Health. Nancy won an incredible 48 times on the LPGA Tour. Nancy won three LPGA Majors, was named LPGA Player of the Year four times and has more than $5 million in career earnings.

2008 - Suzy Whaley 
The 2008 Deaconess Classic featured LPGA Pro Suzy Whaley. Suzy conducted a golf clinic to help Classic attendees improve their game. In July 2003, Suzy was the first woman to qualify and participate in a PGA Tour event in 58 years.

2007 - Carin Koch  
The 13th Deaconess Classic for Women's Health featured LPGA Pro Carin Koch.  Ms. Koch’s career highlights include winning twice on the LPGA tour, eleven second place finishes and nearly $4 million in career earnings.  Ms. Koch resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband Stefan and their two sons.

2006 - Val Skinner  
The all-day event began with a golf clinic hosted by LPGA pro Val Skinner.  The engaging Ms. Skinner, a veteran on the LPGA Tour and a golf analyst on the Golf Channel, demonstrated to the clinic participants the skills that have helped her win six times on the LPGA Tour and over $2.4 million in career earnings.

2005 - Emilee Klein 
LGPA Pro Emilee Klein was the 2005 special guest. In her career, she has collected three LPGA victories and, after earning a coveted spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team, she posted an impressive 3-1-0 record for the victorious U.S. Team. Ms. Klein, along with Annika Sorenstam, hosts “Girl Power Golf Club,” an annual golf clinic for aspiring young female golfers.

2004 - Laura Baugh 
LPGA Pro Laura Baugh was our special guest for our 10th Anniversary on May 10, 2004. Her career highlights include the honorable titles of Rookie of the Year and Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, as well as ten second-place finishes and over $700,000 in career earnings. A mother of seven, Laura credits her family as having the most influence on her career.

2003 - Leta Lindley  
LPGA Pro Leta Lindley was the 2003 special guest.  Leta crossed the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings in 2000, following a tie for third at the Arch Wireless Championship.

2002 - Laura Diaz 
This year's Deaconess Classic event featured Laura Diaz, LPGA Pro. In 1998, Laura was named the Rookie of the Year on the Women Professional Golfers' European Tour.  Laura's short career already boasts two LPGA victories and a hole-in-one.

2001 - Shelley Hamlin 
The event featured LPGA Pro and breast cancer survivor, Shelley Hamlin. Shelley's career highlights include three LPGA victories as well as several LPGA awards. She was the first recipient of the Dr. DeDe Owens Spirit of Gold Award.

2000 - Donna Andrews  
This year's clinic was presented by LPGA Pro Donna Andrews. Donna's career as a professional golfer began in 1990 and includes six LPGA victories.

1998 - Kathy Whitworth  
This year's event included LPGA Pro and Hall of Fame member, Kathy Whitworth. With 88 career wins, she holds the record for the most wins for both the men's and women's U.S. tours.

1997 - Juli Inkster 
LPGA Pro Juli Inkster conducted a golf clinic at this year's Classic. Juli is a fifteen-year tour veteran. From 1980-82, she captured the U.S. Women's Amateur title, becoming the first person – male or female – to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles.

1996 - Betsy King 
The event featured a clinic conducted by LPGA Pro Betsy King. In 1995, King was the fourteenth LPGA player to attain membership into the Hall of Fame. She is the all-time LPGA career money leader. Also in 1996, Indiana's first lady, Susan Bayh, was on hand to welcome golfers before the clinic.

1995 - Michelle McGann 
LPGA Pro Michelle McGann was the guest golfer for the day. Mrs. Marilyn T. Quayle, wife of Vice President Dan Quayle, was the keynote speaker at the evening dinner.