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Safeway Sole Sponsor of Phoenix Event

Safeway Inc., has agreed to become the sole title sponsor of the LPGA's Phoenix golf tournament. The Safeway International will be held March 18-21, 2004. The tournament had been called the Safeway/PING Championship in 2003 and the PING/Banner Health Championship in 2002.
The announcement means that Safeway will be title sponsor for two LPGA events in 2004 - the Safeway International in Phoenix and the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. The Phoenix LPGA event just completed its 21st year and the Portland event is in its 32nd year in 2003.
According to Tom Maletis, president of Tournament Golf Foundation, Inc. (TGFI), the organizer and manager of both Safeway events, 'The purse for the Safeway International will increase from $1 million to $1.2 million. Also, the event will be moved to Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club near Mesa. This venue will provide a 36-hole facility for expanded pro-am events along with ample stadium-style seating for fans.'