LPGA: China Cancellation Confirmed
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Just a random photo from the tourney last week in Arkansas

The Imperial Springs LPGA event in Guangzhou, China, scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 2 has been canceled, according to Golfweek:

“They apologized for the late cancellation,” said Whan, who didn’t want to speak further on the subject until he had a chance to meet with players at a tour-wide meeting Tuesday evening. Whan spent time walking up and down the range Tuesday afternoon chatting with players as they prepped for this week’s Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala.

The China event was moved from its original dates of Aug. 4-7 to the week after the Solheim Cup, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The move was less than ideal, with America’s brightest stars already planning to skip the event after a grueling week in Ireland. A Chinese government crackdown on golf-course permits was the original cause for postponement.

From an LPGA media blast Tuesday night:

“Blindsided by the news, the LPGA has exhausted all possibilities to carry on with the event as scheduled but have been told that the tournament must be canceled.

“We are unable to share further details of the cancellation at this time. We view China as an important market for the LPGA and remain open to creating a world-class event with long-term success.”

The tournament was originally scheduled for August but was postponed “to allow the title sponsor and tournament organizers more time for proper permitting.”

According to the AP, an official who answered the phone for the China Golf Association couldn’t shed any light:

“We don’t have any information on this.” Like many officials in China, he would give only his surname, Wei.

No relation to my knowledge, but it is a rare surname…

This unfortunate bit of news cuts the total LPGA tournament count for 2011 to 23.

(AP Photo/Beth Hall)