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Former LPGA State Farm ends after 36 years

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After 36 years, the LPGA event in Springfield, Ill., has closed shop.

The board of directors for the tournament voted Thursday to dissolve the event, formerly known as the State Farm Classic but currently under the title Central Illinois Charity Golf Classic, according to the State Register-Journal.

Title sponsor State Farm announced in February that it would end its 19-year association with the tournament where they are based.

Tournament executive director Kate Peters said the 10-month search for a new title sponsor did not end without a fight. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan traveled to Springfield for a last-minute appeal to potential sponsors.

“I had the commissioner come in last week to meet with a couple of (potential sponsors),’’ said Peters, according to the newspaper.

Despite his pitch, a sponsor with the budget to keep the event alive did not emerge.

“He did a great job and really went to bat for us. Unfortunately, it didn't work out like we hoped. He was more than willing to help us out,' Peters said. 'But at some point, you have to make tough choices.’’