It's time for the Pacific Northwest to witness the best women golfers in the world.
This weekend the stage is set for the 50th anniversary of the Cambia Portland Classic.
This year’s tournament runs from Sept. 16-19.
The Portland Classic has been deemed one of the best tournaments on the LPGA Tour.
It's also the oldest non-major event on the tour dating back to the early 1970s.
The tournament had been hosted at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club on Northeast Marine Drive since its inception, but it was moved to the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn for the first time this summer.
Since the event began it has raised over $18 million for local organizations.
And now the field is set following Monday’s qualifier.
USC’s Gabi Ruffels and Alyaa Abdul both qualified for this year’s Portland Classic.
Marina Alex, the 2018 Portland Classic Champion, recently discussed the change of golf courses for the event.
“I’m sad we are not playing Columbia because I do really like that golf course,” Alex told NBCSNW. “But I’m looking forward to what Oregon Golf Club is going to be like and I’ve heard good things. I hear it’s absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to something new, but I do miss Columbia very much.”
As for what she knows about the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Alex knows all about the hills.
“It’s going to be kind of a beast to walk, but other than that it is a picturesque course,” Alex said with a smile.
Also in the field is current Oregon State Beavers golfer Ellie Slama. The senior will be making her first appearance in the tournament as an amateur.
Here are the past winners of the Cambia Portland Classic over the last decade:
- 2020 Georgia Hall
- 2019 Hannah Green
- 2018 Marina Alex
- 2017 Stacy Lewis
- 2016 Brooke M. Henderson
- 2015 Brooke M. Henderson
- 2014 Austin Ernst
- 2013 Suzann Pettersen
- 2012 Mika Miyazato
- 2011 Suzann Pettersen
- 2010 Ai Miyazato
All four rounds of this year's Classic will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.
You can be part of the oldest annual event on the LPGA tour! Tickets are available through the http://www.portlandclassic.com.
Admission for adults is $25 for a pass for the whole week, or $10 a day. For those 60 and older, a tournament pass is $15 and daily admission is $5. Anyone 17 and younger can attend for free by downloading a ticket online.