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SBD/April 24, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
PGA Tour Facing Issue Related To Event Opportunities For Up-And-Coming Players
Published April 24, 2014
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN? In S.F., Ron Kroichick wrote this week's inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., "carries the unmistakable whiff of a short-term solution." In a region "teeming with rich golf history and terrific courses, it’s ridiculous that the PGA and LPGA tours do not plant roots and return annually. We’re not talking about Kansas here." Swinging Skirts, the Taiwan-based organization sponsoring the tourney, "deserves full credit for providing a hefty" 1.8M purse. But sources "suggested Swinging Skirts really wants to hold this event in Taiwan long-term." LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said, “If I’m being totally honest, I don’t target an area. I pursue business partners and then find out where the event makes the most sense to them. We’re not circling cities -- we’re circling customers. Then we figure out where to play it.” Kroichick: "That's logical, but it also doesn't bode well for the future of this tournament in the Bay Area" (SFGATE.com, 4/23).