Feb
15
2010
Creamer Announces New LPGA Event in Malaysia…via Twitter
By Stephanie Wei under General

Nice spot by About.com’s Brent Kelly (and then Waggle Room’s Ryan Ballengee) to pick up on Paula Creamer’s tweet early Saturday morning: “Great to see we have another event in Malaysia, glad to have it but we really need 8 to 10 more in the United States.”

Creamer didn’t break the news, but her Twitter blast shows the impact of the growing use of social media by athletes on sportswriters’ roles — where we’re increasingly spending more time perusing athletes’ Twitter and Facebook pages. Creamer’s tweet likely led Kelly to find the article in the Malaysian paper.

But I digress. While the LPGA has yet to give official word, the Malaysian Star is reporting that the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament will be held October 22-24 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The 54-hole, limited-field event will feature the top 50 ladies on the money list along with 10 sponsors exemptions.

Kelly also points out the tournament falls on the same week that had previously been reserved for the China event, which was having difficulties securing a sponsor. Again, the LPGA has yet to confirm, but it appears there won’t be a stop in China this year.

Now we wait for more details. But in the past few weeks the LPGA under Commissioner Mike Whan’s leadership sure has been providing plenty of positive news. Hopefully it’s just the start of more to come as the Tour kicks off its 2010 season in Thailand this week.