Grand Golf Resorts of Florida to Host Two Legends Tour Events

Across Central Florida – September 20, 2012 – The newly formed Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a Salamander Collection, will host two Legends Tour golf tournaments this fall: The Handa Cup at Reunion Resort in Orlando from November 2-4, and the Legends Tour Open Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay from November 9-11.

“We are very excited for these two highly regarded resort properties to host these two premier tournaments,” said Jane Blalock, CEO of The Legends Tour. “Our continued partnership with Salamander Hotels & Resorts and its CEO Sheila C. Johnson is particularly meaningful, and will certainly have a positive impact on the overall growth and future success of The Legends Tour and women’s golf.”

The Handa Cup is a 36-hole team tournament featuring USA Legends versus World Legends. Showcasing 12 players and two captains per team, it is the first year this annual international team competition will be played on Reunion Resort’s Palmer Course, an Arnold Palmer Signature Design. Team USA, the defending champion for six consecutive years under the direction of LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth, will be newly led in 2012 by JoAnn Carner, also a Hall of Fame member and former Solheim Cup Captain. The World Team will be captained for the second year in a row by Sweden’s Pia Nilsson, well-known guru of golf who counts LPGA Tour all-star Annika Sorenstam among her charges.

Just one week later, the ISPS Legends Tour Open Championship returns to Innisbrook Resort for the fourth consecutive year.  This 36-hole stroke play event is held on the resort’s challenging Island Course, designed by Larry Packard. The tournament, won last year by two-time LPGA Tour Champion Michele Redman, will feature 40 Legends Tour professionals competing for the only major championship on the Legends Tour. The final round falls on Veterans Day, and the tournament will honor members of the military with free admission and a special hospitality area on the ninth green. There will also be a paratrooper jump on Saturday morning and uniformed military personnel will walk with each pairing as standard bearers on Sunday.

Tickets for both events are on sale now at and can also be purchased at the tournament gate. Additionally, advance Legends Tour Open Championship tickets for Innisbrook are available to AAA members at a discount at any Florida branch. All ticket proceeds for the Legends Tour Open Championship benefit Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Children under 17 and all military personnel with ID are admitted free to both events, which also feature complimentary parking and shuttles.

The Legends Tour is the Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. Grand Golf Resorts of Florida was formed in 2011 by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, which was founded by Sheila C. Johnson. In addition to Innisbrook and Reunion resorts, the Grand Golf Resorts collection also features Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast and includes nine golf courses which play from the Gulf to the Atlantic.

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About Grand Golf Resorts of Florida
Three of Florida’s grandest golf resorts have united under the management of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Grand Golf Resorts of Florida features Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando, and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. The collection includes 1200 luxurious villa-style accommodations, and 162 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Larry Packard that form the Legends of Golf Trail, which traverses 200 miles between the resorts and across the Sunshine State. All three properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, visit or call (888) 770-6501.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a collection of three stellar golf resorts including the recently renovated Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and the oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; and the eagerly anticipated  Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-themed, ultra-luxury resort opening in 2013 and located near Washington, D.C. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 100 members, including 11 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 650 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 65 major championships. In its 11 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $9 million in prize money and helped raise more than $11 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to .