Still no deal on LPGA Manulife extension
Randy Steinman, CTV Kitchener
Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:12PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:13PM EDT
Negotiations are ongoing to bring the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Golf Tournament back to Waterloo for another two years.
The original agreement was three years at Grey Silo Golf Course, plus an option for an additional two years. At this point, there is no final contract in place for 2015 and ’16, although it appears a new deal is close.
“It’s a contract between Manulife and the tournament owner, which is Sports Properties International. Those contract negotiations are ongoing,“ says Tournament Director Richard Kuypers. “We want to bring this tournament here long-term. Economic impact that the tournament brings of anywhere from 15-to-20-million dollars per year is pretty heavy.”
Hee Young Park is the defending Manulife champion. Her winning score last year was 26-under par, while Brittany Lang took the inaugural tournament with a score of minus-16.
Despite those low numbers, Kuypers says there will be no major changes to the course for this year’s event.
“We’re not going to tinker with the yardage too much. Spectators want to see good golf. They want to see birdies.”
Grey Silo is now open to the public. This year’s Manulife Financial LPGA Classic tees off on Thursday, June 5th.
Tuesday’s Regional Sports Schedule
DISTRICT-8 GIRLS RUGBY (at St. David)
Resurrection vs. St. David – 3:30 pm
Monsignor Doyle vs. St. Mary’s – 4:30 pm
WCSSAA GIRLS RUGBY (at Jacob Hespeler)
Cameron Heights vs. Huron Heights – 12:00 pm
Jacob Hespeler vs. Grand River – 1:30 pm
Waterloo SJAM vs. Forest Heights- 3:00 pm
Kitchener CI vs. Bluevale – 4:30 pm
WCSSAA SENIOR BOYS SOCCER
Cameron Heights vs. Bluevale – 2:00 pm (Woodside)
Preston vs. Huron Heights – 2:00 pm (Woodside)
Forest Heights vs. Waterloo SJAM – 3:30 pm (RIM Park)
Grand River vs. Waterloo CI – 3:30 pm (RIM Park)
Southwood vs. Glenview Park – 3:45 pm (Woodside)
Waterloo-Oxford vs. Jacob Hespeler – 3:45 pm (Woodside)
GOJHL SUTHERLAND CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Caledonia at St. Catharines – 7:30 pm (Corvairs lead series 2-1)
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Eastern Conference Quarter-Final
N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia - 7:30 pm (Rangers lead series 3-2)
AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL
Toronto at Kansas City - 8:10 pm
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