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OUT OF AREAWEB: MA LPGA EVENT TO BE LEFT OFF 2000 SCHEDULE
Published November 23, 1999
The LPGA Tour "pulled the plug" on its MA-based areaWEB.com Challenge next season after "charging rights- holder Entertainment Sports Equities (ESE) with non-payment of an amount in the six-figure range," according to Joe Gordon of the BOSTON HERALD. LPGA Tour Commissioner Ty Votaw said the Tour "terminated [its] agreement with Entertainment Sports Equities for a number of reasons. One is that they have failed to pay us the money that is owed to us for the 1999 tournament." Votaw said that ESE "owes money" to Pleasant Valley Country Club Owner Ted Mingolla and The Golf Channel. Votaw "insisted ESE provide financial security in advance of the 2000 tournament in order to consider going forward," but the LPGA has told ESE that its "alleged breach of performance has nullified the contract" and "is considering options to recover the money." Votaw is "hopeful something can be done" to stage the tournament in 2001 (BOSTON HERALD, 11/23). Also in Boston, Jim McCabe reports that ESE CEO Alan Morell "has filed a counter-suit, charging Mingolla with five counts, including breach of contract," and is seeking $360,000 plus damages. Morell "did not deny that ESE owes money to the LPGA Tour," but he wouldn't reveal how much. Morell added that the problem "can be traced to" title sponsor areaWEB.com and presenting sponsor ladiesgolf.com that "did not live up to their financial agreement" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/23).