Tina Tombs, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club’s director of golf instruction, received one of four sponsor’s exemptions to play in the fourth-annual Walgreens Charity Classic as part of the Official Legends Tour of the LPGA. The 36-hole stroke-play event was held March 6-8 at Grandview Golf Course in Sun City West.
Tombs scored 144 between two rounds, which was even par for the course. She was part of a five-way tie for 12th place and was awarded $4,213.
The Walgreens Charity Classic event roster featured more than 40 Legends of the LPGA competing for a purse of $250,000, including 2014 Champion Liselotte Neumann, plus Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Pat Bradley, Amy Alcott, Jan Stephenson, Rosie Jones, Jane Blalock, Hollis Stacy, Donna Caponi and more. Arizona residents in the field included Tina Tombs, Danielle Ammaccappane, Jane Crafter, Christa Johnson, Cindy Rarick and Sherri Turner.
Tombs began golfing at age 14 and has competed internationally for more than 35 years. She began her 17-year career with the LPGA Tour in 1988, winning the LPGA Jamie Farr Classic in 1990 and played a career-best round of 64 at the Sara Lee Classic in 1993. Among her many accomplishments is being recognized as a “Top Ten Amateur Golfer” by Golf Digest in 1984.
She played collegiate golf at Arizona State University where she became a Western Athletic Conference champion, a two-time NCAA All-American and a three-time member of Regional PAC-10 All Conference teams.
Tombs was inducted into the Arizona State University Hall of Fame in 2006. She joined the LPGA Legends Tour in 2008 and plays in three to four tournaments each year.