Commish all for Canada landing second LPGA event

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

The question was raised yesterday to LPGA acting commissioner Marty Evans about whether the tour is considering a second event north of the border to complement the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Her answer?

All aboard -- thanks to the success of the Canadian-hosted event in Calgary.

"This is the best -- it's amazing," Evans said of the tourney at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

"The hospitality has been phenomenal. The crowds earlier in the week were spectacular. The weather, the playing conditions, the course ... everything."

This year's Open has helped promote the idea of another annual event in Canada, with the commish musing on one to tee-up the summer.

"One east and one west -- it could work nicely," Evans said.

With the circuit trying to rebuild relationships its lost in the wake of a recession, Evans and Co. are all ears about the possibility of adding to a 27-event agenda that was once 41 strong.

"I would say, right now, we're looking at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 schedule, and if we could find a business to sponsor a tournament in Canada, we would like to talk," said Evans, adding a purse of US$1.5 million would needed to make a second event work.

TODD.SAELHOF@SUNMEDIA.CA


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