Corning Classic not dead yet


The LPGA has renewed talks with the Corning Classic about bringing the event back onto its schedule, but tournament officials are in a holding pattern.

Tournament president Jack Benjamin said his event may be interested in resurrecting the tournament after announcing it was ending its 31-year affiliation after last May’s event, but future negotiations may depend on who the tour hires as its next commissioner. Benjamin said he spoke with acting commissioner Marty Evans' new team in August.

“We have no interest in renegotiating in the short term,” Benjamin told “We want to see how the LPGA fixes itself.”

While Benjamin said he’s impressed with the collaborative effort Evans seeks, he said there will be no renewal for 2010. The tournament could consider a return in 2011 or ’12.

“The LPGA is going to have to look at its business model,” Benjamin said. 'They have a lot of work to do.'