The LPGA 2019 schedule will probably be introduced at 6 p.m. Thursday, however a match in Ann Arbor is not going to be on it.
Travis Pointe Nation Membership has hosted the LPGA Volvik Championship every of the previous three years, however the way forward for the match in Ann Arbor is unsure.
The three-year settlement with Volvik because the title sponsor expired after this yr’s match in Might. Match director Keith Karbo has been working to safe a future sponsor for the previous seven months however nothing has been finalized.
Nonetheless, match officers are nonetheless working to maintain the occasion at Travis Pointe.
“When the group publicizes the Tour schedule, the Ann Arbor occasion is not going to be on the introduced calendar,” match spokesman Bruce Madej stated in an announcement. “Despite the fact that it is not going to be listed, match director Keith Karbo is at the moment in talks with events for a 2019 occasion. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan is conscious of those discussions and has dates accessible for our match.
“Having held this match efficiently for 3 years, our group is ready to function the occasion as soon as a title sponsor is confirmed.”
Chatting with media at Travis Pointe earlier than this yr’s match, Whan stated he was optimistic the LPGA would stay in Ann Arbor.
“If I may hand you guys a headline, I’d hand you, ‘LPGA commissioner assured in Ann Arbor long run,” Whan stated. “I really feel comfy about our plans right here long run. I haven’t got something to announce this week and we’re not telling you about what our X variety of years is, however I feel the LPGA and Ann Arbor most likely have an extended (future) collectively, we simply have some work to do within the months that comply with this occasion.”
The Volvik Championship has introduced in about 30,000 spectators annually and continues to garner optimistic suggestions, Karbo stated in Might.
Nonetheless, there will probably be two different LPGA occasions in Michigan subsequent yr with the annual Meijer Basic close to Grand Rapids and the inaugural Nice Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland.
Match officers supplied no timetable for when the match would wish to safe a sponsor to maintain it in Ann Arbor in 2019.