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SBD/July 12, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Golf Notes: Status Quo Expected For Honda Classic As IMG Assumes Ownership
Published July 12, 2013
SENIOR MOMENTUM: In Omaha, Steve Jordon reports the U.S. Senior Open "ended up with 62 companies" spending $5.6M in sponsorship of the event, "a corporate support record for the senior golf circuit." Jordon: "From those millions in corporate sponsorships to the $9.76 million worth of new Lexuses cruising around Omaha and from the $2 million in spectator ticket sales so far to the high school kids making $9 an hour plus tips for selling lemonade, the Senior Open's success is measured not only by breaking par but also by banking pennies" (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 7/12).
IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN: In Toledo, Evan Brune writes LPGA Marathon Classic officials are "quick to debunk a rumor" that the event "will move to Cincinnati" in '15. Tournament Exec Dir Judd Silverman said, "Most ridiculous statement I've ever heard. We (Toledo Classic Inc.) have a multiyear contract with Marathon." LPGA Chief Communications Officer Kraig Kann said, "As for Cincinnati, we would love to find our way into that market as it is a fantastic sports community with great golf fans, but nothing is imminent at this time" (TOLEDO FREE PRESS, 7/12).