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Future home of Wegmans LPGA in question

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Wegmans LPGA Championship will return to Locust Hill Country Club next year, but what’s the future hold after that?

After last year’s event, the LPGA extended its agreement with the Wegmans tournament foundation to play at Locust Hill through 2012.

“Ideally, we would like to stay here,” said Jerry Stahl, the tournament chairman. “We’re in discussions with the LPGA.”

While possibilities are being explored, the tournament foundation values the successful formula in place at Locust Hill, where crowds are once again expected to surpass 100,000 for the week. Locust Hill has been home to an LPGA event for 35 consecutive years.

Sources say discussions have included exploring the possibility of moving the LPGA Championship to Rochester Country Club, or rotating among venues, including an attempt to work historic Oak Hill, Rochester Country Club and Locust Hill into a rotation. The downside of a rotation is significantly increased tournament expense. Plus, a rotation raises complicated new operations issues. The major downside is the risk of messing with a highly successful formula in a fan-favorite venue. Locust Hill is a valued LPGA staple.