Paige MacKenzie, the former University of Washington standout now on
the LPGA, is bringing a little of that touring flavor back to the
MacKenzie, of Yakima, will be the hostess of the inaugural
“Northwest Shootout” on Oct. 4 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent.
Twelve LPGA Tour players, including Mackenzie, will play in a format
called a “Horse Race” at the one-day event. On each hole, one team will
be eliminated in the best-ball competition, until the champion emerges.
Some of the LPGA Tour participants include Northwest natives Wendy
Ward and Allison Hanna-Williams, 2006 event winner Julieta Granada,
rookie Hannah Jun and Irene Cho, who finished sixth at the 2008 LPGA
Craig McCrone, the general manager at Meridian Valley CC, said he
hopes this event leads a renaissance for the LPGA Tour returning to the
greater Seattle area.
“This is the first step in that effort,” McCrone said.
The event is free to the public, and begins at 8 a.m. with a pro-am
tournament. The “Horse Race” is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m., and
autographs should be available much of the day.