An LPGA event at Augusta National?
By mustang6560 on 8/24/12
Now that Augusta National is a co-ed golf club, Mechelle Voepel wonders if we're any closer to seeing an LPGA event in Augusta, Georgia?
With the news that two women have been invited to be members at Augusta National, one should not jump to the conclusion that we are any closer to one day having an LPGA tournament there, as the PGA Tour does with the iconic Masters.

Because that's another thing you never do with Augusta National: jump to conclusions. It's an extremely private, secret, old-money sanctuary that does things the way the members want. Period.

But maybe we're an inch closer ... although it still may be a million miles away. It's impossible to know what's impossible with Augusta National. But if you like the LPGA -- even just a little bit -- it isn't hard to daydream. To the contrary, it's hard not to.
Personally, I would love to see Augusta National open its doors to the LPGA. However, I don't think the folks at Augusta National would agree to host a regular LPGA event — it would have to be a major. And seeing as how the LPGA is going to have five majors a year starting in 2013, I don't foresee an Augusta National-LPGA partnership for several years — if not even longer.

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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
not gonna happen.
GBogey says:
I think that timing is going to be an interesting issue. I believe that Augusta closes in May shortly after the Masters and reopens in the Fall (I know that it closes during some summer months that most courses are open), so I think any event would have to be early or late in the LPGA calendar. Don't know enough about the LPGA tour to understand whether that is an issue or not.
mjaber says:
I don't think there would be enough money in it for Augusta. Let's face it, the LPGA tour doesn't get the same draw for one of their majors, that the PGA tour gets for one of their regular season events. Without the money from TV, attendance and corporate sponsorships, Augusta wouldn't go for it.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I've read elsewhere that Augusta members would not not mind hosting the LPGA once, and it didn't sound like money was an issue. If it were, the club would not have eschewed commercials during the Martha Burk-hissy fit-meltdown years. Besides, they tried to host men's and women's golf during the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, but the "tolerance Nazis" torpedoed that before the powers-that-be could make it happen. Hopefully this is no longer an issue, thanks to Dr. Rice and and Darla Moore.

As GBogey correctly points out, the time-of-season would have to be right for logistical reasons. To play a U.S. Women's Open in June in Augusta would be brutally hot and punishing for players, patrons, staff, and for the medical personnel and first responders who would be busier than a cat playing Whack-a-Mole.
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