The LPGA Tour is returning to Cincinnati for the primary time in additional than 30 years with the primary new match introduced since Mollie Marcoux Samaan took over as commissioner.
The Kroger Queen Metropolis Championship is scheduled for Sept. 8-11 in 2022 at Kenwood Nation Membership with a $1.75 million purse.
The match pulls collectively ample company assist with two Cincinnati-based firms in Kroger and Procter & Gamble Co., the presenting sponsor. The week will embrace a number of workshops for feminine enterprise leaders to develop networks, which might be hosted by Kroger, P&G and the LPGA Tour.
Kenwood Nation Membership hosted the 1963 U.S. Ladies’s Open, which Mary Mills received by three pictures over Louise Suggs and Sandra Hayne. Retired tennis star Althea Gibson grew to become the primary Black golfer to play within the Ladies’s Open that 12 months.
The LPGA Championship was held from 1978 by way of 1989 simply north of Cincinnati at Kings Island, the place Nancy Lopez received 3 times. The LPGA’s developmental circuit, the Symetra Tour, staged an occasion within the space for 15 years.
“Cincinnati has a protracted connection to the LPGA and its gamers,” Marcoux Samaan mentioned. “We all know this match might be a favourite cease on tour and function an essential instance of the ability of sports activities to encourage leaders and construct neighborhood.”
Marcoux Samaan was employed to switch Mike Whan, now the CEO of the U.S. Golf Affiliation whose profession started at P&G. Debbie Majoras, the chief authorized officer for P&G, serves on the USGA govt committee.
Stuart Aitken, the chief service provider and advertising and marketing officer at Kroger, mentioned he was impressed by the collaboration between the 2 Cincinnati firms and the LPGA Tour “to additional their mission of empowering women and girls on and off the golf course.”
The remainder of the LPGA Tour’s schedule sometimes is introduced on the finish of the 12 months.
The Kroger Queen Metropolis Championship, which might be managed by Excel Sports activities Administration, begins off with a three-year deal.
The announcement got here a day after the Solheim Cup in Ohio.
The subsequent Solheim Cup is scheduled for 2023 within the third week of September in Spain, after which the matches between the U.S. and Europe will go to even-numbered years beginning in 2024 so they don’t seem to be the identical 12 months because the Ryder Cup. The 2024 website has not been introduced.