LPGA adds new US event to 2016 calendar

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has unveiled a new event for its 2016 season, with the US state of Michigan set to receive its second tournament on the tour’s calendar.

The LPGA Volvik Championship is set for an initial three-year run, with the inaugural event to take place at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from May 26-29.

Backed by Korean golf ball manufacturer Volvik as title sponsor, the new event will be held over Memorial Day weekend in the US and will feature a full field of 144 players competing for a purse of $1.3m (€1.16m). The event will join the LPGA Classic, which is hosted in Grand Rapids, as the second tournament on the LPGA Tour schedule in the state of Michigan.

Since 2011, the LPGA has now added 10 new North-American-based events. They are the Founders Cup in Arizona; Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida; Lotte Championship in Ko Olina, Hawaii; Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout in Dallas, Texas; Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco, California; Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan; UL International Crown in Chicago, Illinois; Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in the Bahamas; Manulife Financial Classic in Ontario, Canada, and the LPGA Volvik Championship.

In addition to this home growth, the LPGA has added four new international events during this same period. They are the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Fubon Taiwan, and two new events in China – Blue Bay LPGA Classic and Reignwood Pine Valley.