LPGA adds Acapulco LPGA Classic to 2010 schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 21, 2009 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Sports Management Group s.a. de C.V. (SMG) announced today that they have signed a two-year agreement in principle to conduct the Acapulco LPGA Classic starting in 2010. The event, slated to be held next spring at Tres Vidas Golf Club on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Acapulco, will be a standard-eligibility, 72-hole tournament featuring a $1.3 million purse.

“LPGA golf continues to generate significant fan interest in Mexico, and we're pleased to work with a partner who understands the value and benefits that our golfers offer,” said LPGA Acting Commissioner Marty Evans. “Acapulco is one of the world's premier destination cities, attractive not only to national fans but those who love to travel to watch LPGA Tour at its best.”

Designed by Robert von Hagge, part of the von Hagge, Smelek & Baril Texas design firm, the club is considered one of the country's top venues. With five holes touching the Pacific Ocean, the championship course features emerald Tifdwart greens and Bermuda-carpeted fairways.

“We are extremely excited and proud that Mexico and Tres Vidas Acapulco will be hosting the players of the LPGA in 2010 and 2011,” said Tournament Chairman Alvaro Escobar of SMG. “We believe this new partnership will be in place for many years to come.”

“I'm thrilled that our great country will host an LPGA Tour event in Acapulco, an absolutely beautiful city with a great reputation for hosting top sporting events,” said Lorena Ochoa, the LPGA Tour's No. 1 player and resident of Mexico. “I'm certain our players will love the facility and the atmosphere, and we'll put on a great show for the fans.”

The LPGA will announce its full 2010 schedule during the LPGA Tour Championship, including dates, in mid-November. The Acapulco event brings to 14 the number of tournaments currently finalized to be on the 2010 LPGA Tour. Discussions with another 15 events on the 2009 LPGA Tour calendar continue, as do talks with entities interested in new events for 2010. The 2009 LPGA Tour calendar features 28 Official Money tournaments totaling nearly $50 million in prize money.

“The LPGA executive team and Board all are committed to securing the very best 2010 calendar possible for LPGA players, fans, partners and our other stakeholders,” said Evans. “We've lost half a dozen tournaments this year for a variety of reasons, primarily due to the dramatic effect that the recession has had on the real estate, tourism and financial sectors. However, we are confident that the tournaments and title sponsors who have reaped the benefits of working with the LPGA in the past will continue to realize the value that we bring to their businesses and communities.”

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