Kemper Lakes was "no brainer" for women's golf major, director tells Schaumburg business leaders
The executive in charge of a major women's professional golf tournament coming to the suburbs next month touched on what can be expected on and off the course as the featured speaker Tuesday at a Schaumburg business breakfast.
Jacquelyn Endsley has been working since November on planning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship running June 26 to July 1, at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer. As championship director, she's head of an undertaking that involves logistics such as fan parking, ticket sales, corporate hospitality and coordination of about 1,200 volunteers.
Endsley said organizers look forward to hosting the event at Kemper Lakes, where the late Payne Stewart -- decked out in a Bears-themed outfit on the final day -- won the PGA Championship in 1989. Kemper Lakes also has hosted other professional and amateur golf tournaments of note.
"Kemper Lakes was kind of a no-brainer," Endsley told the Schaumburg Business Association gathering at Chandler's Chophouse at Schaumburg Golf Club.
Danielle Kang, who won the KMPG Women's PGA Championship at south suburban Olympia Fields Country Club in 2017, is expected to defend her title at Kemper Lakes. Endsley said the preliminary field will be announced "in the coming weeks."
Off the course highlights will include the one-day KPMG Women's Leadership Summit on June 27, overlooking the 18th hole at Kemper Lakes.
"They host it each year," said Endsley, who was credited with helping drive record-setting ticket sales and attendance at the 2015 U.S. Women's Open in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "The event brings together today's most accomplished leaders in business, politics, media and sports with the next generation of women leaders to inspire them in their development and advancement."
As for tickets to the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes, Endsley told the "Good Morning, Schaumburg" breakfast crowd the prices are affordable.
Endsley said a just-launched family ticket for any day -- good for two adults and two juniors -- is $69 and includes four beverage vouchers. Other choices include Thursday and Friday action for $25, Saturday and Sunday competition for $30 or a week of golf for $79.
Fans also can enter to win two weekly grounds tickets through a Daily Herald contest that began Tuesday and runs through midnight, June 8. To enter, visit events.dailyherald.com/contests.
Unless they have a ticket package with on-site parking, fans won't be able to leave their cars in or around Kemper Lakes. Instead, ticketholders will need to drive to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake and catch a free shuttle bus to the tournament.