LPGA's season-ending Titleholders moving to Naples?


After two years at Grand Cypress in Orlando, it appears the LPGA’s season-ending CME Titleholders tournament will be stay in Florida but move to Naples. Reports from Golfweek and the Naples Daily News say a move is likely to TwinEagles Golf Club for next season.

Octagon, who manages the event, is high on the town.

“It’s a significant announcement, and obviously would be significant for the Naples community to have a third professional event in town,” said Octagon senior vice president Jeff Kleiber to the paper.

Were the move to occur, it would be the second event on a major tour played on the course in 2012. The Champions Tour’s ACE Group Classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary by returning to its original home at TwinEagles next February. Octagon manages that event as well.

The third event is Greg Norman's  off-season team event, the Franklin Templeton Shootout, which has been a Naples staple for a dozen years.

Golfweek says the Titleholders would be played at TwinEagles’ second course, newly named the Eagle after a renovation by Steve Smyers on Gary Player's original work. Smyers is also leading the team that will completely renovate the host course for the Evian Masters after next year, which is slated to become the tour’s fifth major in 2013.