LPGA Championship gets new site, dates for 2014

Players warm up at Locust Hill Country Club during the 2009 Wegmans LPGA.

Players warm up at Locust Hill Country Club during the 2009 Wegmans LPGA.

The LPGA isn’t leaving the Rochester, N.Y., area, but it is ending a 37-year relationship with Locust Hill Country Club. Wegmans LPGA Championship tournament organizers signed a one-year contract with Monroe Golf Club, located in nearby Pittsford, the LPGA announced Thursday.

The tournament’s dates also will move to the week of Aug. 11 to accommodate changes in the tour’s schedule. With the U.S. Women’s Open scheduled for mid-June in 2014, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan wanted to create more space between the majors. The LPGA will play one major in each month from June through September next year.

“As this extraordinary major continues, the LPGA would like to extend a very sincere ‘thank you’ to Locust Hill Country Club, which served as a challenging venue, a fantastic host, and most importantly, a wonderful friend to our players, staff and fans,” Whan said.

Wegmans will enter its fifth year as title sponsor for the tournament, which generated rumblings of change a couple of weeks ago. Monroe will be the 16th course to host the LPGA Championship, dating to 1955.

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