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LPGA In Talks To Bring Event To Charlotte-Area Golf Club

The city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, yesterday said that it is in negotiations with Special Events Unlimited (SEU) and the LPGA to "bring a women's professional golf event" to Tega Cay Golf Club as soon as next year, according to Ron Green Jr. of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. SEU President Tommy Stines, whose company would own and operate the tournament, said the first event is tentatively scheduled for October 14-17, 2010. The proposal calls for the LPGA to hold the tournament at Tega Cay through 2014 with a $1.1M purse. LPGA Chief Communications Officer David Higdon said tour officials are "hopeful and optimistic" about agreeing to the event in Tega Cay, which is 20 miles south of Charlotte. However, Higdon added, "All the pieces still need to come together. We're still a couple of pieces away." Stines: "We don't have all the T's crossed and the I's dotted. The worst-case scenario is we'll start in 2011, but we're thinking it will be next year for sure.” Green reports the tournament also would include a "celebrity amateur event on the Sunday preceding the tournament" hosted by Basketball HOFer James Worthy. The LPGA last played in the Charlotte region in '97 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/1).

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