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LPGA will play April event in Orlando

6/28/2005

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.