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LPGA ENJOYS ONE ITS PREMIER TV WEEKENDS
Published March 27, 1995
The state of the LPGA was a hot topic this weekend, as the Tour held its first major, the Dinah Shore Classic. ABC's coverage of the Dinah Shore is one of only seven tournaments carried by network TV. In Montreal, Pat Hickey writes, "If you're a fan of women's golf and you can't understand why there isn't more TV coverage, it's because there aren't more of you fans" (Montreal GAZETTE, 3/25). In San Jose, Marcus Hayes blames the lack of coverage on the the popularity of the men's tours: "Men own the airwaves" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/25). In L.A., Thomas Bonk creidts outgoing LPGA Commissioner Charlie Mechem for increasing the prize money from $17.1M to $24M and the number of LPGA licensees from 20 to 29. Candidates to succeed Mecham include former Sprint exec Jack Frazee and Wilson Golf marketing chief Jan Thompson ( L.A. TIMES, 3/26). GOLF "FORUM" SEEN AS A "SHOT" AT WORLD TOUR: In Boston, Joe Concannon writes that last week's World Golf Forum (see THE DAILY, 3/23) "seemed to be a united shot at Greg Norman's proposed tour." Greg Norman defended his proposed Fox-sponsored World Tour: "Now that the smoke has cleared, a lot of good has come out of it. I have played in different parts of the world, and there is a very supportive feeling for it" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/26).