Star-studded tourney to give county boost
For golf aficionados, something big is coming to Fort Bend County.
In about two months, the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship will be unfolding at The Houstonian Golf and Country Club, a premium golf course off FM 1464 near Sugar Land and Richmond.
One of the world's top women's pro golfer events, the LPGA last held the tourney in Houston in 1986.
This year's event, set for Nov. 17-22, will bring an estimated 120 top golfing pros, including some of the biggest cash-earners in the world, according to the organization.
Some of my friends who are into golf were excited when I told them about the tour.
Frank Miller, a Chronicle editor who also is an avid golfer, recalled that LPGA's heardquarters was at Sweetwater Country Club during the 1980s and early '90s before it moved to Florida.
The November championship will feature a $1.5 million purse, and a unique format that will see a cut after 36 holes from 120 to 70 golfers, and then trimmed to 30 after 54 holes.
The tour will be broadcast on the Golf Channel from Nov. 19 through 22.
At this point, I don't know what stars will descend upon us. But do you think they will include Michelle Wie, who was part of the victorious Solheim Cup team that defeated Europe last month?
I certainly hope so.
But at any rate, the tour will give us a boost economically as well as in our prestige as a sporting destination.
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