Michelob Event to Switch From PGA to LPGA


The Michelob Championship at Kingsmill will carry a record purse of $3.7 million in 2002, but Anheuser-Busch and Kingsmill Resort announced on Friday that they will not continue hosting the tournament on the PGA Tour after this year.
The company has signed an agreement with the LPGA Tour to host a tournament in 2003 at Kingsmill Resort's River Course. The event will be named the Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill and details about the new tournament were not available.
'We have enjoyed being part of the PGA Tour's growth over the past 22 years and wish them continued success,' said Bill Rammes, president, Busch Properties Inc., and executive tournament director for the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. 'We look forward to bringing the world's best female golfers to Virginia and to continuing the tradition of giving back to the community.'
Last year, David Toms held on for his second Michelob title in a row. It capped off a successful 2001 campaign for Toms who also captured his first major title with a win at the PGA Championship and added another victory in New Orleans.
The 2002 edition of the Michelob Championship is scheduled for October 3-6.
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