Fans and volunteers react to bittersweet LPGA end

Updated: 08/17/2014 11:17 PM
Created: 08/17/2014 6:42 PM WHEC.com

Sunday was bittersweet at Monroe Golf Club, according to fans and volunteers.

Sunday marked the last day of the final Wegmans LPGA Championship in Rochester, and the end of an era. After a long run of 38 years, the tournament will be moving downstate next year. Volunteers like David Argentieri are sad to see it go. After years of following the LPGA, he says this year he wanted to volunteer for the first and last time.

“For my first year it is rather sad to see that it is the last year. Everything has been great,” said Argentieri.

Thousands of fans came out to watch the final day and enjoy some of the best weather the tournament has seen all week. Fans and volunteers say they’re trying to soak up as much of this experience as they can.

“It’s really a sad day because this is a huge event, and it’s a wonderful sport,” said Sandy Petrella, a fan.

The LPGA has gone nearly four decades in Rochester, inspiring fans and golfers alike.

“This tournament is always so special, and the fans are always so excited to have us and so supportive. It’s been fantastic, and 38 years is pretty impressive,” said Sydney Michaels, golfer.

“It’s fun to see how other golfers play, and maybe I can learn some things from them,” said Tyler Hagenbach, a 13-year-old fan.

Laura Griffith has been a fan of the LPGA most of her life, but decided to volunteer for the very first time this year.

“To be a part of the group, you see the comradery that these volunteers who have done it for 38 years and being first time, you see the bonds that they have. They have all worked the same holes together for years and it’s a great experience to be a part of,” said Griffith.

Ellie Shemirani, 16, says she’s sad to see the tournament leave, but she hopes it’ll come back.

“Of course I hope it comes back. That would be awesome if it did,” said Shemirani.

Both fans and volunteers said they’re sad to see the tournament go, but happy they got to be a part of it.


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