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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' LPGA International, the home course of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), will host the 2003 and 2004 GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Championships, the premier national competition for women teaching and club professionals. The 2003 event will be held Aug. 4-6 at the nationally renowned facility. The 54-hole event was previously held at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., which is owned and operated by LPGA pioneer Peggy Kirk Bell and her family, from 2000-02. This years $102,000 event will mark the 16th staging of the event and Golf For Womens 11th year as title sponsor. Suzy Whaley, who will play in the PGA Tours Greater Hartford Open in May, will return to defend her title. The Titleist, Cobra and FootJoy Pro-Am will precede the tournament on Sunday, Aug. 3. We at Golf For Women are delighted this prestigious event will be played at LPGA International for the next two years, said Barrie Oringer, executive director, creative services for Golf For Women magazine. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, along with the whole Bell family, were wonderful hosts the past three years, and I thank them for their dedication to the event. LPGA International is a top-notch facility, one that has hosted a number of high-quality tournaments in the past, so I know the tournament will have a good home for the next two years. The 54-hole national event will take place at LPGA Internationals Legends Course and is open to all active Master, Class A and B, Apprentice, Life and Senior members in good standing of the LPGA T&CP membership. The field will be limited to the first 150 entries. A portion of these spots will be held for Senior Division competitors, age 50 and over. The Championship Division winner earns a spot in the 2004 McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by AIG, one of the LPGA Tours four major championships, and in the 2004 GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA T&CP Championship. LPGA International is a perfect host site for the next two GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA T&CP Championships, and Im proud to bring the tournament to the LPGAs home town of Daytona Beach, said LPGA Commissioner Ty M. Votaw. A crucial component of our strategic business plan is increasing the memberships national recognition, and bringing the LPGA T&CP memberships crown jewel of competitions to a facility like LPGA International is right in line with that goal. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club and Peggy Kirk Bell greatly helped with that process during the last three years, and Im confident Director of Golf and General Manager Nancy Henderson and LPGA International will continue the trend. Last year, Whaley, who resides in Farmington, Conn., carded a six-under-par 66 in the opening round to take a three-stroke lead over Levon Huntley of Grass Valley, Calif. Whaley widened her lead to nine strokes after a second-round, three-under-par 69 heading into final round action. She matched two-over-par 74s with Cheryl Anderson of Stamford, Conn., in the final round to top Anderson by a record nine strokes with a 209 (- 7) total. Her win earned her a spot in the 2003 McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by AIG, June 5-8. In the Senior Division, for members age 50 and over, M.J. Smith of Waldorf, Md., posted rounds of 75-72-69=216 (E) to win the Senior Division title by five strokes over 2001 champion Vicki Phillips of Fairfax, Va. As a member of the LPGA T&CP membership, Im honored to have the GOLF FOR WOMEN Magazine LPGA T&CP Championship come to LPGA International for the next two years, said Nancy Henderson, director of golf and general manager of LPGA International and 1994 and 2001 LPGA Professional of the Year. To be able to add this national championship event to our list of tournaments hosted is a great honor. I am looking forward to having my LPGA friends and colleagues from across the United States here in Daytona Beach for this years tournament. The LPGA International golf complex includes a new clubhouse with a 3,000-square-foot pro shop and Knickers Bar & Grill; two golf courses; a conference center; banquet facilities; and the LPGA Golf Academy. The state-of-the-art teaching academy includes three practice holes, five putting greens, chipping greens, practice bunkers and a 360-yard, double-ended driving range. Guests and members enjoy private instruction, golf schools, clinics and playing lessons by LPGA and PGA professionals. The LPGA International courses are the Champions course, designed by Rees Jones, and Legends course, designed by Arthur Hills. The Legends opened in October 1998. Playing from 5,155 yards to 6,984 yards, the Legends incorporates rolling greens, tight fairways and strategic hazard placements, testing the players skill in course management and shot making. The first time the Legends hosted a professional tournament was in 2000 with the LPGAs season-ending Arch Wireless Championship. In 2001, the Legends course began hosting the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, which has been held in the fall at LPGA International since 1994. LPGA International will also be the host site for the 2003 LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Championship and the AJGAs 2003 Rolex Girls Junior Championship, an event it hosted in 2002. Since it opened, LPGA International has been selected for many awards, including Golf For Womens 2002 50 Best Courses for Women list. With a circulation of 500,000 and a readership of 1.9 million, Golf For Women magazine is the leading womens golf lifestyle publication. The bimonthly magazine is part of The Golf Digest Companies, a separate operating unit from Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. The Golf Digest Companies also includes Golf Digest, Golf World, Golf World Business, GolfDigest.com, Golf Digest Schools, Golf Digest Research Resource Center, Golf Digest Sports Marketing, Global Affiliates, The Database of Golf in America, and Golf Digest Licensing & Custom Publishing.