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DOUBLE BOGEY: LPGA DROPS STOPS IN NC AND MN

          Charlotte organizers have been "forced" to "abandon
     efforts to bring an LPGA event" to the city in April due to
     "an inability to land a title sponsor," according to Ron
     Green Jr. of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.  Raycom owns the LPGA
     Charlotte event and Exec VP Ken Haines said that it had
     received a commitment from a title sponsor in August, but
     that the company, who he declined to name, "reconsidered its
     commitment in the wake of volatile stock-market conditions." 
     Haines said, "We are not able to obtain financial security to
     our satisfaction from the title sponsor we were dealing
     with."  Green Jr. writes that it is "uncertain" whether a
     Charlotte stop will return in 2000 (CHAR. OBSERVER, 11/24).
           NORTHERN EXPOSURE: In Minneapolis, Jon Roe reported
     that, after nine years, the Twin Cities' LPGA event will not
     return in '99 due to "problems with sponsorship and
     scheduling."  Tournament Dir Michael Stearns, who said the
     event would return in 2000: "The LPGA had wanted to put our
     tournament in September, and we just didn't think that was a
     good time for the event.  We also didn't have the sponsor
     backing we needed to put on the kind of event we wanted to
     run."  Stearns added that IMG would keep the tournament's
     rights, even though its losses since the tournament began are
     "estimated" at "more than" $250,000 (STAR TRIBUNE, 11/21).
          ADDITIONAL BACKING: USA TODAY's Jerry Potter reports
     that LPGA Commissioner Jim Ritts will announce later this
     week a '99 schedule of 43 events worth $36M in prize money.
     The average purse will be $860,000, and 11 events will have
     purses of $1M, up from six last year (USA TODAY, 11/24).

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