After Michelle Wie’s big first win yesterday, the LPGA announced another victory today. Following a three-year hiatus, the ShopRite LPGA Classic is back on the Tour’s 2010 schedule. The event will be held June 14-20 at the Seaview Resort in Galloway Township near Atlantic City, NJ (casinos!).
Until three years ago, it had been a regular tour stop for 21 years. But, as you may remember, former Commissioner Carolyn Bivens, whose demise was partly blamed on her uncompromising negotiation tactics with sponsors, failed to set a suitable date with the tournament organizers. With Bivens out of the picture, it appears they agreed to return to the drawing table with acting commissioner Marty Evans and worked out an agreement. So, another blemish from Bivens’ reign has been cured. Hooray.
Now we wait ‘til Wednesday when Evans and newly-anointed Commissioner Mike Whan reveal the LPGA’s complete 2010 schedule at the Tour Championship in Houston. From what’s been reported out of the Tour’s headquarters, it’s supposed to be a more “robust” calendar than expected. Fingers crossed.