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Sat August 16, 2014

Wegmans LPGA Draws Big Crowds

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Big crowds are expected this weekend for the final rounds of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford. Not only because of the legions of fans that like to attend this event every year, but because it is the final LPGA tournament in Rochester, at least for now.

After this year, the tournament will be rotated among courses near major markets as the LPGA strives to increase purse sizes and media exposure for the golfers.

But many players also realize that the galleries in Rochester have also been among the most enthusiastic and loyal of any event on their tour. After many years at Locust Hill Country Club, this year’s tournament is being held at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford.

A number of the golf fans and longtime volunteers WXXI News spoke with say they understand why the tour wants to move on to bigger venues, but they are sad nonetheless about it leaving after 38 years.

Nancy Wayner has been volunteering at the tournament for several years, and says she usually tears up anyway when the tournament is over because she loves it so much.

“I cry at the end of each one in the past, but this one is going to be more tears, because I really look forward to this…it’s like I’m on vacation.”

Becky Holdridge of Palmyra is a big golf fan. She plays herself, as do her husband and her son.  

“Very sad it won’t be here next year.  I understand, but I’m sad, I have a teenager who’s very into golf and I’d like to have him come every year and see them play and I think it’s great for the area. Hopefully they’ll come back.

Tens of thousands of people are expected overall at this week’s event. It wraps up Sunday night.

You can get more information at: www.wegmanslpga.org