Apparently Carolyn Bivens is determined to make Tim Finchem's handling of Washington D.C. and Chicago look good, as Ron Sirak reports on the latest head scratcher from LPGA headquarters:
According to sources familiar with the situation, the LPGA will announce next week a new event in South Carolina and sponsored by Ginn Clubs & Resorts, which debuted as a sponsor this year with a $2.5 million stop in Orlando. That's the good news. The problem is the date discussed with the new tournament is the week before the McDonald's LPGA Championship--a spot currently occupied by the ShopRite LPGA Classic, won this year by Seon Hwa Lee (pictured). Larry Harrison, general chairman of the Atlantic City event since its inception in 1986, says he'll sue if his date is given away.
"We have a letter from the previous administration guaranteeing us that date in '07 and '08," Harrison told Golf World. "Our lawyers think we have a very strong position. We told [the LPGA] if they announce this date we will pursue legal action."
Ginn has confirmed only that it has an LPGA-related announcement scheduled for July 17. The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., says the new event will be held at the Ginn property at RiverTowne CC in the nearby suburb of Mount Pleasant.