The inaugural Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open will be played April 27-30, 2006, at Reunion Resort & Club of Orlando on a composite layout of two of the resorts courses, the Legacy Course designed by Arnold Palmer and the Independence Course by Tom Watson. The Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open joins the ADT Championship as the LPGAs premier stops in Florida.
Destined to become one of the LPGA Tours premier events, the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open will offer $2.5 million in prize money and joins the Evian Masters as events on the LPGA Tour with the highest total prize money. Featuring weekend coverage on CBS Sports of the fi nal two rounds, the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open will be one of the Tours elite events with a major television network broadcast package. A worldwide audience will also see the 72-hole championship TV coverage.
We are thrilled to be the home of the LPGAs only full-field tournament in the state of Florida, said Bobby Ginn, president and CEO of Ginn Clubs & Resorts. Our goal in hosting this tournament is to provide an exceptional experience for the players, their families and our guests.
The four-year agreement between Ginn Clubs & Resorts, tournament organizer Pantheon International and the LPGA, ensures that womens professional championship golf will be prominently featured at a first-class Florida venue for years to come.
We are very excited to welcome Ginn Clubs & Resorts to the LPGA sponsor family as title sponsor of our newest addition to the 2006 LPGA Tour schedule, said LPGA Commissioner Ty M. Votaw. LPGA players are excited to return to Central Florida with a full-fi eld event and with Ginn Clubs & Resorts reputation for attention to detail I am confi dent that players, sponsors, fans and media will have a great week at Reunion.