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LPGA Commissioner: Tour stop a possibility


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August 07, 2014
GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If all goes well, a brief stop by some of the LPGA's best golfers this month will turn into much more than a one-time fundraiser.

The LPGA, with Cornerstone Schools and the Turning Point Scholarship Fund, are hosting the Turning Point Invitational Monday, Aug. 25, at Country Club of Detroit.

The historic club in Grosse Pointe Farms could host an annual tour event, if support is strong.

LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said teaming with Farms resident Clark Durant and Cornerstone Schools was a natural.

"The LPGA is built on the shoulders of corporate heroes," said Whan, 49, commissioner since 2009. "There is a passion for golf in the Detroit area and this course is perfect for us."

Corporate sponsorships of LPGA events in Grand Rapids this week and Grosse Pointe Farms at the end of the month show the appreciation Michigan has for the LPGA.

"It's great golf," Whan said. "This is a social group. The pro am experiences are great for our corporate sponsors and Detroit is right up there for the number of rounds played. There are some stories to share about the rising going on in Detroit and I think our audience will help tell the story."

Whan said there are only a couple open dates in the schedule of the LPGA. Michigan's short warm season makes it a little more difficult, but facilities and one big bonus make one of the dates desirable if the support is there.

"We're looking for the right longterm partner," Whan said. "We have an option before the last major of the year - late August, early September - that would work with an international airport. The window works well if we can figure it out."

The Turning Point Invitational brings 23 of the LPGA's best players to town to help generate scholarship funds for Cornerstone Schools.

Passes for the limited, exclusive gallery include access to the course, players and lunch. Each galler pass includes two tickets to the sold out Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees game Aug. 26, along with Cornerstone's Be A Tiger for Kids pre-game tailgate on Woodward Avenue. Gallery passes are $500 each or two for $800.

For tickets and more information about the fundraiser, call (313) 368-8580 or e-mail Nicole.White@CornerstoneSchools.org.

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