The Danielle Downey Classic

Rochester, New York is a great golf city and has been known for hosting premier golf events for decades. An integral part of our area’s reputation comes from the annual presence of a Women’s Professional Golf Tournament. We are thrilled to announce the return of the Danielle Downey Classic to Brook-Lea Country Club, for three more years, as professional women’s golf will celebrate its 42nd consecutive year in Rochester from July 16-22, 2018, and continue in 2019 and 2020.

In its first three years, our tournament has exceeded all expectations. We provide a unique fan experience with our golf tournament being played on a beautiful Donald Ross designed golf course that is perfect for walking and spectators. We have inspired young people through our clinics, a pro-am event which includes high school female golfers, and our Women’s Executive Forum. We have also supported the efforts of our wonderful charities financially and otherwise. A new partnership with the Pluta Cancer Center will help educate the community about the wonderful things they are doing to fight and treat breast cancer. When we say that this event is about much more than golf, we mean it!

We also know that our tournament was inspired by, and has been a wonderful tribute to Danielle Downey, Rochester’s most successful female golfer. Danielle always had a vision to keep golf here indefinitely, and to help younger players and the community through golf. We lost Danielle far too early, but her messages live on through this tournament.

Many of the players who have participated in our event, have moved on to the LPGA, and showed that they truly are the stars of tomorrow. We know that you will love the LPGA Symetra Tour and the Danielle Downey Classic. We aspire to be the best tournament on this up and coming tour, and we know that Rochester’s passion for golf will help us make that happen!


Mike Vadala                                    Chuck Goodykoontz                          Alex Carroll

Tournament Chair                          Tournament Co-Chair                       Tournament Director