The future of the LPGA in Rochester

Created: 06/02/2014 8:59 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit

The LPGA is leaving Rochester after this summer. News10NBC has learned that this may not mean the end of women’s golf forever in the area. LPGA commissioner Michael Whan addressed the issue in Rochester Monday morning.

Commissioner Michael Whan was sincere about his fondness of Rochester. Each year, he comes for the Wegmans LPGA Championship. He says he runs along the canal in Pittsford and gets ice cream. Whan seems to understand the relationship between the game and this city. In the future, he wants his tour to be a part of that relationship again.

Michael Whan, LPGA Commissioner, said, “This was the right thing to do for the championship. Are we done with Rochester? I sure hope not.”

LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan made it clear numerous times throughout the day. He wants to find a way to return to Rochester. For 38 years, the city has been a tour stop that players enjoy and has raised money for local charities. Golf is a business though and that comes down to the other type of green.

Whan said, “Tournaments take money. The ball is in our court to find the next hero. Players love it. They've stayed with families. The golf courses are unbelievable.”

So in the future, it will take corporations, like Wegmans, to make a commitment to bring the game back to a city that loves it. Tournament co-chair Jerry Stahl can attest.

Jerry Stahl, LPGA Tournament co-chair, said, “Why would you not want to come back? You have a wonderful community that loves the game of golf. Something will happen. They'll be back. I guarantee it. They'll be back.”

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