Thursday, May 28, 2009

LPGA Confirms Dates, Location for Season-Ender in Texas

There have been many trickle-down effects of the current financial woes around the world, including some lost tournaments and lost sponsors on the world's professional golf tours.

When the Feds announced a fraud investigation of a division of Stanford Financial several months ago, that affected both the PGA and LPGA tours, which each had events for which Stanford was a title sponsor.

The PGA Tour almost immediately removed Stanford from the name of its St. Jude tournament in Memphis. The LPGA, not having the deep pockets of the PGA Tour, faced a bigger problem.

The LPGA had created a year-end championship tournament, announced it would be played in Houston - the specific course to be named later - and said it would be called the Stanford Financial Tour Championship.

Suddenly, the LPGA was without a sponsor for its tour championship, and still without a course.

But no more. Like the PGA Tour, the LPGA has made the decision to simply dump Stanford as the title sponsor and go it alone in 2009. The now-named LPGA Tour Championship also now has a golf course to call home, too.

Houstonian Golf and Country Club will be the site of the LPGA Tour Championship from November 19-22. The field of 120 will be cut to the low 70 after 36 holes, then to the low 30 after 54 holes.

Tickets go on sale June 1. Those who purchase a full-priced weekly grounds pass ($60) during June will receive a second one free. Daily tickets are $20. Call 877-LPGA-TIX (574-2849) to order, or visit www.lpgatourchampionship.org.

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