Lexi Thompson, one of the biggest and most recognizable stars on the LPGA Tour, is now in the field for the Shriners Children’s Open to be played Oct. 12-15. It is a terrific move by the Shriners team led by Patrick Lindsey to increase awareness and attendance–and attention to the Shriners Children’s Hospitals mission.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lexi to the 2023 tournament,” said Patrick Lindsey, Executive Director of Shriners Children’s Open. “Shriners Children’s mission is to help all children live their best life regardless of what medical challenges lay in front of them. We are eager to have Lexi on the course and continue to break through barriers, just as our more than 1.5 million patients do every day.”
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Thompson, 28, is known for her length off the tee and has represented the United States at six Solheim Cups, and was part of Team USA when golf returned to the Olympics in 2016. She has won 11 times on the LPGA Tour. She will be seventh woman ever to compete in a PGA TOUR event. LPGA Tour player Babe Didrikson Zaharias became the first woman to receive a sponsor exemption at The Cascades Open in 1935. Thompson will be the first female to compete since Brittany Lincicome at the 2018 Barbasol Championship.
“Shriners Children’s support of children with specialty pediatric medical challenges for over 100 years is inspiring, and as we all know, these conditions do not discriminate” said Thompson. “I’m hopeful that my ability to play with the men next week at the Shriners Children’s Open sends a great message to the young women that you can chase your dream regardless of how hard it is. I cannot wait to come to the city of Las Vegas and I’m grateful to Shriners Children’s for this opportunity to spend the week alongside these inspirational kids.”.
In a city of bold moves and an organization that saves lives on a daily basis free of charge, we applaud the inclusion of Thompson.