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Womens Match Play Moving from Hamilton Farm

GLADSTONE, N.J. -- Hamilton Farm Golf Club will no longer be the site of the $2 million HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
The announcement was made Wednesday, three days after Brittany Lincicome captured the 2006 title, ending a two-year agreement between the course and International Management Group, which produces the tournament for HSBC.
Alyson Ramsey Johnson, the director of marketing for the course, said the club decided not to enter into negotiations with IMG to continue as the host site.
'It wasn't one thing,' Johnson said in a telephone interview. 'We made a two-year commitment and after it was over we decided to go in a different direction.'
Hamilton Farm will try to attract other professional events, including some that will allow it to also use its par-3 Hickory course, Johnson said, refusing to discuss the other events.
While the Match Play Championship attracted many of the world's top women golfers, it was never a big hit in drawing spectators.
About 250 to 300 fans followed the championship match Sunday between Lincicome and Juli Inkster over the course's hilly layout, which was difficult to walk at times.
The event lost its top two draws Saturday when Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
'I'm not sure where they will go in the future,' Johnson said. 'In the press conference before the event they said they wanted to keep the tournament in the New Jersey area.'
There have been rumors that Donald Trump wants to bring a big professional event to one of his two area Trump National courses, located in Bedminster and Briarcliff Manor in Westchester, N.Y.
A telephone call to Ashley Cooper, the chairman of Trump National in Bedminster, was not immediately returned.
Giles Morgan, the head of sports sponsorship for HSBC Holdings, was not immediately available for comment.
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