Wegmans, LPGA agree to two-year title sponsorship of LPGA Championship
It’s Major: The 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship, the second major of the 2011 LPGA Tour season, to be played at Locust Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York June 20-26
Locust Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York, October, 29, 2010—The LPGA and Wegmans jointly announced today that they will continue their partnership of the LPGA Championship, with Wegmans stepping up into the title sponsorship position of the venerable LPGA major event for two additional years. The 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship will be held during the week of June 20-26. It will feature a $2.5 million purse and continue to support Graduation is the Goal.
“Based on our unbelievable 35-year partnership combined with the tournament’s clear ability to step it up at last year’s LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans, we are pleased to stage our flagship LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club for the next two years,” stated Michael Whan, LPGA Commissioner.
“It is an honor for Wegmans to be Title Sponsor for the 2011 and 2012 LPGA Championship,” said Colleen Wegman, President of Wegmans Food Markets. “We are happy to have the major championship remain in the Rochester community for two more years. Last year, the LPGA Championship generated $400,000 in net proceeds for Graduation is the Goal and United Way’s Children’s Success Fund. It is our hope that the 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship will raise even more money for our community. We look forward to working with all our volunteers and sponsors to showcase another successful event at Locust Hill Country Club.”
The 2010 LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans was won in resounding fashion by American star Cristie Kerr, topping runner-up Song-Hee Kim by 12 strokes. Tight fairways, thick rough and a lengthened Locust Hill Country Club track all contributed to enhancing the tournament, a challenge embraced by the LPGA players eager to play their major championship in Rochester. Locust Hill has played host to the LPGA since 1977, first as the Bankers Trust Classic (1977-78), then the Sara Coventry (1979-1981), followed by the Rochester International (1982-1997) and the Wegmans LPGA (1997-2009).
“The LPGA players have always viewed Rochester as a premier stop on the LPGA Tour,” said Jerry Stahl, Tournament Co-Chairman. “To have the opportunity to host a major championship in Rochester is very exciting for the LPGA players, sponsors, volunteers and fans.”
Best ticket prices of the season are available now on line at www.wegmanslpga.org and through the tournament office by calling 585-427-LPGA (5742). Tickets will become available at all Wegmans store locations in mid-November. In addition, volunteer recruitment will begin on Tuesday, November 2.