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LPGA Tour Championship to be Held at Grand Cypress This December

LPGA Tour Championship to be Held at Grand Cypress This December

Prestigious Orlando golf club to host season-ending event December 2-5

Orlando, FL (Vocus) August 5, 2010

The LPGA and IMG today announced that the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship will be played this season at the Grand Cypress Golf Club (http://www. grandcypress. com) in Orlando, Florida. The field will feature 120 LPGA professionals vying for a $1.5 million purse from Dec. 2-5, 2010. For the second season, the unique format will see a cut after 36 holes to low-70 players and ties and an additional cut after 54 holes to the low-30 players and ties.

“Orlando and Grand Cypress are ideal venues to showcase the LPGA and what should be an exciting race to the finish for Rolex Rankings No. 1 this season,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “We were committed to finding a premier golf course that would challenge the players and attract fans and media, and we’re thrilled to be back playing in Florida. Our sincere thanks go out to Grand Cypress for their commitment, passion and partnership.”

All four days of the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Air times will be announced at a later date. The event was held last season in Houston, Texas.

“Our thanks go out to the Houston community, as well as the Houstonian Golf & Country Club, for their impressive support of last year’s event,” Whan added. “We hope to find a way to bring the world’s best golfers back to the area with another event in the future.”

Grand Cypress Golf Club previously has hosted six official LPGA tournaments, most recently in 2001 when the YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic was won by LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Se Ri Pak. The Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions (1994, Dottie Pepper; 1995, Dawn Coe-Jones; 1996, Liselotte Neumann) and the HEALTHSOUTH Inaugural (1998, 1999, Kelly Robbins) were also played there in the 1990’s.

Grand Cypress also has been the home of the Greg Norman Shootout, the World Cup of Golf and the 83rd Southern Amateur. The resort is made up of three nine-hole layouts including North, South and East, and the 18-hole New Course. The 2010 LPGA Tour Championship will be contested on the North and South courses.

Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Grand Cypress has received numerous honors including Top 50 Resort Courses in Golf World in 2010, Top 50 Best Golf Courses for Women by Golf for Women from 2002-2007, World’s Best Golf Resort by the readers of Travel & Leisure Golf in 2007 and Course of the Year by Florida Golf Course Owners Association in 2003.

The property is managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Hotels™. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Benchmark Hospitality is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. The company’s northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit http://www. benchmarkhospitality. com (http://www. benchmarkhospitality. com).

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Duramed FUTURES Tour serves as the official developmental tour of the LPGA, consistently producing a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: http://www. LPGA. com (http://www. LPGA. com)], facebook. com/lpga. official (http://www. facebook. com/pages/LPGA/107404575955529?ref=ts), http://www. twitter. com/lpga (http://www. twitter. com/lpga)], and http://www. youtube. com/lpgavideo (http://www. youtube. com/lpgavideo).

Media contact:
Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations