LPGA will play April event in Orlando

Updated: June 28, 2005, 5:49 PM ET
Associated Press

Ty Votaw has already done a big favor for Carolyn Bivens, his successor as commissioner of the LPGA Tour.

"No one will ask her when we're bringing a tournament back to Florida,'' Votaw said with a laugh.

For the first time in five years, the spring schedule will include an LPGA Tour event in the Sunshine State. The Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open will be played April 27-30 at Reunion Resort & Club of Orlando.

Votaw resisted putting a tournament in Florida unless it was a strong event, and this has all the trappings. It will offer $2.5 million in prize money, joining the Evian Masters as the richest among regular LPGA Tour events.

The weekend rounds will be televised by CBS Sports.

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