LPGA Announces 2005 Schedule

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Ladies Professional Golf AssociationWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Commissioner Ty M. Votaw today announced the 2005 LPGA Tour schedule that will feature 34 events with total prize money totaling $45 million, the highest ever in LPGA history.
 
We are extremely pleased with the strength of the 2005 schedule and look forward to bringing the great play to fans around the world beginning in February, said Votaw. With a total of 34 events and record highs in total prize money, LPGA players will be competing for more money week-in and week-out than ever before.
 
Highlights from the 2005 schedule include:
 
Prize money totaling $45 million, the most ever in LPGA history;
 
The average official purse of $1.39 million reflects a 6.2% increase from 2004;
 
34-events, including 22 full-field events, nine limited-field events, two unofficial money events and The Solheim Cup;
 
A return to Hawaii with the SBS Open at Turtle Bay. The $1 million event will be played at the Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu and is sponsored by SBS, the LPGAs television partner in Korea;
 
Two new events in Mexico ' the MasterCard Classic and the Corona Morelia Championship;
 
The Womens World Cup of Golf in George, South Africa, co-sanctioned with the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour. This event marks the first time the LPGA will compete in South Africa;
 
11 events have increased purses for 2005 for a total of $1.025 million more from the existing sponsor base;
 
Three of the LPGAs four majors -- the Kraft Nabisco Championship, McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola and Weetabix Womens British Open -- each increased their purses by $200,000 to now offer $1.8 million in prize money. The U.S. Womens Open Championship conducted by the USGA offers the highest prize money in womens golf at $3.1 million;
 
The McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola has moved to Bulle Rock Golf Club, in Havre de Grace, Md., considered the top-ranked public course in the state of Maryland and nationally recognized as one of the premier upscale golf courses in the nation;
 
The Office Depot Championship has moved to Trump National Golf Course in Los Angeles; and
 
Safeway, title sponsor of the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola (Phoenix) and the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi (Portland, Ore.) increased each events purse by $200,000 to now offer $1.4 million in prize money.
 
Feb 11-13Womens World Cup of Golf1,000,000The Links, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, George, South Africa
 
Feb 24-26SBS Open at Turtle Bay1,000,000Turtle Bay Resort (Palmer Course) Oahu, Hawaii
 
March 4-6MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta1,200,000Bosque Real Country Club, Mexico City, Mexico
 
March 17-20Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola1,400,000Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, Superstition Mountain, AZ
 
March 24-27Kraft Nabisco Championship1,800,000Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA
 
April 14-16LPGA Takefuji Classic1,100,000The Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas, NV
 
April 21-24Corona Morelia Championship1,000,000Tres Marias Residential Golf Club, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
 
April 28-May 1Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefiting the Monroe Carell, Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt1,000,000Vanderbilt Legends Club (Iron Horse Course), Franklin, TN
 
May 5-8Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill2,200,000Kingsmill Resort & Spa, Williamsburg, VA
 
May 12-15Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez1,600,000Eagles Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, GA
 
May 19-22Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury1,250,000Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle, NY
 
May 26-29LPGA Corning Classic1,100,000Corning Country Club, Corning, NY
 
June 3-5ShopRite LPGA Classic1,400,000Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa (Bay Course), Galloway Twp., NJ
 
June 9-12McDonalds LPGA Championship 1,800,000Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MD
 
June 16-19Wegmans Rochester LPGA1,500,000Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, NY
 
June 23-26U. S. Womens Open3,100,000Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, CO
 
June 30-July 3TBA2,000,000(TBA)
 
July 7-10Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger1,100,000Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, OH
 
July14-17BMO Financial Group Canadian Womens Open1,400,000Glen Arbour Golf Course, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 
July 20-23Evian Masters2,500,000Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
 
July 28-31Weetabix Womens British Open1,800,000Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Merceyside, England
 
August 19-21Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi1,400,000Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, OR
 
Augutst 25-28Wendys Championship for Children1,100,000Tartan Fields Golf Club, Dublin, OH
 
September 1-4State Farm Classic1,300,000The Rail Golf Club, Springfield, IL
 
September 9-11Solheim Cup Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, IN
 
September 16-18John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic1,000,000Cedar Ridge Country Club, Broken Arrow, OK
 
September 30-October 2Office Depot Championship at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles1,300,000Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
 
October 6-9Longs Drugs Challenge1,000,000The Ridge Golf Course, Auburn, CA
 
October 13-16Samsung World Championship850,000BIGHORN Golf Club (CANYONS Course), Palm Desert, CA
 
October 20-23TBD
 
October 27-30Sports Today Classic1,350,000Course TBD, S. Korea
 
November 4-6Mizuno Classic1,000,000Course TBD, Japan
 
November 10-13The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions850,000Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, AL
 
November 17-20ADT Championship1,000,000Trump Intl Golf Club, West Palm Beach, FL
 
December 17-18Wendys 3-Tour Challenge900,000Southshore Golf Club, Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV