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SBD/December 20, 2012/Events and Attractions
LPGA Kia Classic To Change San Diego Venues After Extension Of Title Sponsor
Published December 20, 2012
TAMPA LOSES TOURNEY: In Tampa, Rodney Page reports the Champions Tour is "bypassing Tampa Bay," as the mid-April stop at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz has "been replaced by the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga." Champions Tour President Mike Stevens said, "We just couldn't find a (title) sponsor in Tampa. We had some nibbles. But at the end of the day, we were not able to get anyone across the line." Page writes the "beginning of the end" came when Outback Steakhouse, the title sponsor since '04, "pulled out" after the '11 event. Tournament officials "scrambled to find another sponsor" before Encompass Insurance came on board for '12, but Encompass was "only a one-year fix because it hosts a new event in Glenview, Ill., starting in June." On Sept. 1, with "no title sponsor in sight, all full- and part-time employees were let go" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/20).