LPGA moving out of Rochester area

Updated: 05/29/2014 1:55 PM
Created: 05/29/2014 11:46 AM WHEC.com

The economic impact is huge. The commissioner of the LPGA confirms the LPGA Championship will leave Rochester after this summer.

We reported last night about the championship parting ways with the Rochester area but this is the first time we are hearing directly from the LPGA.

Commissioner Michael Whan says in a letter today’s news, “Probably creates a sense of disappointment among our most loyal fans in Rochester." The letter goes on to say, “We hope that everyone involved with the Wegmans LPGA Championship understands the value you've personally brought and the impression you have made on our players and our organization.”

Today, Wegmans President Colleen Wegman issued a statement saying, "We are extremely proud to have been a part of such a long-standing, world class event in our hometown. This tournament was a great example of the community working together to make a difference and celebrate the philanthropic spirit that defines Rochester. We are very grateful to Rochester golf fans, community sponsors, volunteers, Wegmans employees, Locust Hill Country Club, Monroe Golf Club, the Rotary Clubs, United Way and local media for their support over the years."

The championship has been in Rochester for 38 years and it will leave a big financial hole.

In August, the tournament will be still be in Rochester at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford.

After that, it's over for our area.

Next year, the KPMG Women's PGA championship will be in Westchester County, near New York City.

Commissioner Michael Whan spoke Thursday morning on NBC's Golf Channel.

"We're going to evolve the LGPA Championship, a women's major that’s been with us over 60 years, into a new era, if you will. We're creating the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and event that’s going to take place starting in 2015 in New York, with a $3.5-million purse, with Golf Channel coverage during the week and NBC coverage during the weekend, the best female golfers on the planet, and 150 plus countries around the world watching it. Really, as I started, it’s almost bigger than just women's golf,” said Commissioner Whan.

Just a little while ago, News10NBC spoke with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. She says this is a golf town, this is where the players want to be, but it's also a business, and there was incredible pressure to increase the purse, and it was difficult to get enough sponsors.

News10NBC is staying on top of this developing story and will cover the widespread economic impact this will have on our area tonight on News10NBC at 5 and 6.

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