LPGA loses Kapalua event in October


Another LPGA tournament bites the dust.

The LPGA released a statement Tuesday saying that the Kapalua LPGA Classic will not be played this year. Originally scheduled for Oct. 15-18, the organizers of the event have alerted the LPGA that it will not host the event this season and will not honor the remaining four years of a five-year contract.

“We are extremely disappointed with their decision not to conduct the October 2009 event, and we will vigorously enforce all our legal rights under the contract due to this breach,” LPGA deputy commissioner Libba Galloway said in a statement. “While we understand the difficulties faced by businesses due to the recession, the Kapalua Land Company, the contract holder, is continuing to conduct business. We are extremely confident that we will be successful in pursuit of our legal remedies.”

The development leaves a huge gap in the tour’s schedule. There already was an off week prior to the Kapalua event, now there isn’t an event from Oct. 4 (the final round of the Navistar Classic) until Oct. 23 (the first round of the China LPGA).

Morgan Pressel won the inaugural Kapalua event last year by a shot over Suzann Pettersen.