NAPLES — Paula Creamer considers LPGA legend Nancy Lopez, a second mom.
Monday, Creamer will be calling Lopez "partner."
The two greats will join forces in ISPS Handa's Heroes, a nine-hole, made-for-TV charity event at TwinEagles Golf Club. Creamer and Lopez will compete against three other teams consisting of legends and young stars. LPGA Player of the Year Stacy Lewis will play with Betsy King. Brittany Lincicome is paired up with Jan Stephenson, and 17-year-old Lexi Thompson will partner with former Marco resident Pat Bradley.
The event, which starts at 9 a.m., is free to the public and will be shown on the Golf Channel on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
If familiarity counts, Creamer and Lopez may have an advantage over the rest of the teams in the scramble format.
Creamer said Lopez took her under her wing as she broke into professional golf. Lopez said she is Creamer's biggest fan, and back in 2008 showed it by rooting her on in a playoff against Annika Sorenstam.
"I think the world of Paula," Lopez said. "She reminds me a lot of myself when started out here."
Lopez, 55, described the current condition of her golf game as rusty. Lopez, the winner of 48 LPGA events, has played sparingly on the Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA.
But Lopez said she's not worried.
"I actually do better in these type of events," Lopez said. "If Paula can boom her drive out there we should be in good shape."
Lewis said she is looking forward to having King as a partner, especially when it comes to finishing the holes.
"Betsy is a great putter," Lewis said. "So hopefully I can hit some good drives and we can some fun."
Lewis and King, 57, got better acquainted with each other on a trip to Africa as part of King's Golf Fore Africa, a charity with a goal to improve living conditions in the country.
"She has been a mentor along the way," Lewis said "Betsy really gave me a perspective of what I am doing out here. The better that I play the more I can influence people."
Thompson said she has never met Bradley and doesn't know much about her other than that she is a Hall of Famer. Thompson knows more about Bradley's nephew, PGA champion Keegan Bradley. But she hasn't met him either, even though both have the same instructor, Jim McLean.
Lincicome also has never met her partner, Stephenson. When asked what she knew about Stephenson, Lincicome said she remembers her being known for her beauty.
When shown Stephenson's famous '80s calendar shot in a bathtub covered with nothing but golf balls, Lincicome said she was going to have to do her homework. Stephenson won 16 LPGA events including three major championships.
The true winner of the event is charity, as every player will be representing their favorite organization. The winning duo will be awarded $50,000 for charity, while the remaining three teams will earn $10,000 each.