LPGA heading to Green Bay for new event in 2017


NAPLES, Fla. – LPGA commissioner Mike Whan donned a cheesehead cap and caught a football thrown across the room to him in a news conference Friday at the CME Group Tour Championship while announcing the tour will be playing a new event in Green Bay, Wis., in 2017.

The new Oneida Nation LPGA Classic will be played at Thornberry Creek, a golf course owned by the Oneida Nation on the Oneida Reservation. The dates will be announced at a future date.

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It will be a 72-hole stroke play event with a 144-player field and $2 million purse.

“It doesn’t hurt to be the official golf course of the Green Bay Packers,” said Josh Doxtator, general manager of Thornberry Creek.