Beijing event won’t be played this fall, LPGA says

Beijing event won’t be played this fall, LPGA says

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Beijing event won’t be played this fall, LPGA says

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The first tournament on the LPGA’s six-event Asia Swing this fall will not be played, the tour announced today.

The Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic, which was scheduled Oct. 1-4 at Pine Valley Golf Club in suburban Beijing, will not be played. In a news release, the LPGA did not elaborate on the reason but noted that the decision on the 2015 edition does not affect the longterm future of the tournament, which extended its contract with the LPGA for two years, through 2017.

Simin Feng, an LPGA rookie from Beijing thought the Reignwood venue was not ready for the event. Feng had an exemption lined up through the China LPGA, if needed. Pine Valley is 40 minutes from Feng’s home in Beijing and her grandparents had planned to attend.

“Besides the HSBC in Shanghai, I think it had some of the best crowds in China golf,” Feng said Thursday from the Meijer LPGA Classic.

South Korea’s Mirim Lee won the 2014 Reignwood event, and China’s Shanshan Feng won the debut, in 2013.

“While we’re certainly disappointed that we will not be in Beijing this fall, we’re excited that Reignwood is committed to this wonderful international Reignwood LPGA Classic event for two more years,” commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement.

The news means that after the Solheim Cup matches between the U.S. and Europe on Sept. 18-20 in St. Leon-Rot, Germany, the LPGA will have two weeks off before heading to Southeast Asia for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on Oct. 8-11 in Kuala Lumpur.

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