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New LPGA event secures title sponsor

The Oneida Nation tribe has agreed a deal to become the title sponsor of a new Ladies Professional Golf Association event, the Oneida LPGA Classic.

The tournament will be introduced to the LPGA calendar in 2017 and will take place at the Thornberry Creek golf course, which is owned by Oneida Nation and managed by the Oneida Golf Enterprise Corporation. The course is located near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Oneida Nation has agreed an initial three-year deal with the LPGA Tour for the IMG-operated event.

The tournament will mark the first time the LPGA or men’s PGA Tour has hosted a sanctioned event in the greater Green Bay area and will feature a full field of 144 players competing for a $2m (€1.9m) purse.

LPGA commissioner, Mike Whan, said: “It’s exciting to have the Oneida Nation and Thornberry Creek at Oneida on board with over a year and a half to prepare for what I think has the potential to be one of the top stops on the Tour.”