LPGA keeps Wegmans as sponsor

Scoreboards announce weather warnings as play is suspended during the first round of the Wegmans LPGA at Locust Hill Country Club held on June 25, 2009 in Pittsford, N.Y.

The Wegmans LPGA tournament, a mainstay on the tour’s summer domestic series, has agreed to a three-year contract extension and the option for additional one-year extensions, said Marty Evans, the LPGA’s acting commissioner.

The event, which for the past 33 years has been played at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., will continue to feature a $2 million purse in 2010.

“For more than 30 years, Rochester has been a favorite stop on the LPGA Tour and we are thrilled to ensure that the Wegmans LPGA will continue to be a part of our promising future,” Evans said in an LPGA news release that was issued after a players meeting Wednesday at Portland, Ore., site of this week’s LPGA Safeway Classic. “It’s refreshing to see our collaborative efforts result in the return of this beloved event to this incredibly supportive community.”

Colleen Wegman, president of Wegmans Food Markets, said she was pleased “to extend this long-standing partnership with the LPGA.’’

Tournament sponsorship had weighed heavily on the LPGA’s future. Ultimately, the loss of longtime patrons such as Corning and Kapalua and the questionable future of Wegmans and the Jamie Farr amid increasing monetary pressures from the LPGA led to a player revolt that ousted commissioner Carolyn Bivens on July 13.

The list of past winners at Wegmans is a who’s-who of LPGA stars: Nancy Lopez, Rosie Jones, Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan, Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb, among others.

Jeong Jang, the 2006 Wegmans champion, saluted the spirited golf fans in Rochester, N.Y.

“They are not only huge golf fans, but they are so focused on helping one another. I love being a part of that.”

The LPGA is expected to announce its full 2010 schedule during the season-ending LPGA Championship in November in Houston.

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