Welchs Drops LPGA Tucson Event

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Welch's has dropped title sponsorship of the LPGA tournament in Tucson.
 
The Welch's/Fry's LPGA Championship was the lowest-paying tournament on the 2004 LPGA schedule, with a purse of $800,000.
 
They've been with us for 15 years as an excellent sponsor,'' Tucson Parks Foundation president Bob Sisley said June 9.
 
Sisley also said the foundation has until September to find a sponsor and remain on the 2005 LPGA schedule.
 
It was a surprise,'' Sisley said of the decision. Welch's is on a three-year contract, and it has an out clause. If they give us notice by July 1, they can back out.
 
The tournament was in limbo in 2002 after Circle K pulled out as a title sponsor with Welch's. The foundation and Welch's then brought in Fry's and saved the tournament from being discontinued.
 
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