LPGA Cambia Portland Classic Golf Tournament

Stacy Lewis after winning the Cambia Portland Classic LPGA tournament.
After Stacy Lewis won the 2017 Cambia Portland Classic, she donated all her winnings to hurricane relief efforts. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images  

The Cambia Portland Classic (formerly called the Safeway Classic) is a golf tournament on the LPGA Tour. It is one of the longest-running events on the current LPGA schedule, usually played in August or September. It is always played in the Portland, Oregon, area. It is a 72-hole tournament as of 2013 (every year prior to 2013 was 54 holes).

The original name of the tournament was Portland Ladies Classic.

Safeway, a major grocery store chain, became title sponsor in 1996 but ended its sponsorship following the 2013 tournament. Cambia Health Solutions became presenting sponsor in 2015 and title sponsor in 2016.

2018 Cambia Portland Classic
Marina Alex began the tournament with a 62 in the first round, tying the tournament scoring record. She ended it with a 3-stroke victory over Georgia Hall, her first LPGA Tour win. Hall was the second- and third-round leader, but Alex 65 in the final round to catch and pass her.

2017 Tournament
Stacy Lewis held off In Gee Chun for a one-stroke victory. Lewis birdied four of the first seven holes in her final round, then parred the final 11 to shoot 69 and finish at 20-under 268. That was one stroke better than runner-up Chun, who closed with a 66. It was Lewis' 12th career LPGA Tour win, but her first since 2014.

2016 Portland Classic
Not yet 19 years old, Brooke Henderson won this tournament for the second-consecutive year in 2016.

She finished at 14-under 274, four strokes ahead of runner-up Stacy Lewis. Henderson became just the third golfer in tournament history (dating to 1972) to win back-to-back titles.

Official website
LPGA tournament site

LPGA Portland Classic Records:

  • 18 holes: 62 - Annika Sorenstam, 2002; Beth Daniel, 2003; Austin Ernst, 2013; Marina Alex, 2018
  • 54 hole winning total: 199 - Annika Sorenstam, 2002
  • 72 hole winning total: 267 - Brooke Henderson, 2015

LPGA Portland Classic Golf Course:

The tournament returned to Columbia Edgewater Country Club in 2013, after spending the years 2009-2012 on the Ghost Creek Course of Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. For most of the tournament's history, prior to 2009, it was played at Columbia Edgewater. Other Portland-area courses to host the event are Riverside Golf and Country Club and Portland Golf Club.

LPGA Portland Classic Trivia and Notes:

  • The Portland Classic was first played in 1972, and Kathy Whitworth was the first winner. Whitworth won again in 1973. The only other golfers to win it back-to-back are Annika Sorenstam, who did so in 2002-03, and Brooke Henderson in 2015-16.
  • Nancy Lopez is the only 3-time winner. Lopez's wins came in 1985, 1987 and 1992.
  • From 1977-82, the tournament was an unofficial money event, not an official LPGA Tour event. However, tournaments did take place in those years, and they were 2-person team tournaments. The winners, from 1977 forward through 1982, were JoAnne Carner/Judy Rankin, Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi, Jo Ann Washam/Nancy Lopez, Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi, Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi and Sandra Haynie/Kathy McMullen.
  • When Missie McGeorge won the 1994 tournament (then called the Ping-Cellular One LPGA Golf Championship), it was her 295th start on the LPGA Tour and her first win. At the time, that was the record for longest time on the LPGA Tour before winning.
  • In 2001, the tournament - which was then played in September - was canceled following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • In the 2006 Safeway Classic, Nina Reis recorded three eagles during the first round. That mark shares the LPGA record for most eagles in one round.
  • 17-year-old Brooke Henderson earned her LPGA Tour membership by winning the 2015 tournament. She did so after Monday qualifying, becoming the first Monday qualifier since Laurel Kean in 2000 (and the second in tour history) to then go on to win the tournament. Henderson repeated as champion in 2016.

    LPGA Portland Classic Winners:

    (p-won playoff)

    2018 - Marina Alex, 269
    2017 - Stacy Lewis, 268
    2016 - Brooke Henderson, 274
    2015 - Brooke Henderson, 267
    2014 - Austin Ernst-p, 274
    2013 - Suzann Pettersen, 268
    (tournaments prior to 2013 were 54 holes in duration)
    2012 - Mika Miyazato, 203
    2011 - Suzann Pettersen, 207
    2010 - Ai Miyazato, 205
    2009 - Mi Jung Hur, 203
    2008 - Cristie Kerr, 203
    2007 - Lorena Ochoa, 204
    2006 - Pat Hurst, 206
    2005 - Soo-Yun Kang, 201
    2004 - Hee-Won Han, 207
    2003 - Annika Sorenstam, 201
    2002 - Annika Sorenstam, 199
    2001 - Not played
    2000 - Mi Hyun Kim, 215
    1999 - Juli Inkster, 207
    1998 - Danielle Ammaccapane, 204
    1997 - Christa Johnson, 206
    1996 - Dottie Pepper, 202
    1995 - Alison Nicholas, 207
    1994 - Missie McGeorge, 207
    1993 - Donna Andrews, 208
    1992 - Nancy Lopez, 209
    1991 - Michelle Estill, 208
    1990 - Patty Sheehan, 208
    1989 - Muffin Spencer-Devlin, 214
    1988 - Betsy King, 213
    1987 - Nancy Lopez, 210
    1986 - Ayako Okamoto, 207
    1985 - Nancy Lopez, 215
    1984 - Amy Alcott, 212
    1983 - JoAnne Carner, 212
    1977-82 - Not an official LPGA event (see note above)
    1976 - Donna Caponi, 217
    1975 - JoAnn Washam, 215
    1974 - JoAnne Carner, 211
    1973 - Kathy Whitworth, 144
    1972 - Kathy Whitworth, 212