The LPGA has conceded defeat in its search for an institution willing to replace State Farm Insurance as title sponsor of its tournament in Springfield, Illinois.
The decision to cancel the event was made at a meeting of the tournament’s board of directors on Thursday following a protracted search for a viable source of funding.
Next year will mark the first season in 37 years that the tournament has been absent from the LPGA schedule.
Waggle Rooom’s Emily Kay contacted LPGA commissioner Mike Whan yesterday and was informed that the organisation had not given up hope of making a relatively swift return to Springfield.
“I really believe we will be back… There has been interest there, but the timing wasn’t great for those with a genuine interest. I have NOT given up on Springfield.”
Local difficulties notwithstanding, long-running uncertainty surrounding the future of the event has to be considered symptomatic of the LPGA’s waning popularity in North America.