The LPGA has added another event to its schedule with the announcement of the Sybase Match Play Championship. The tournament, which will be held at Hamilton Farm Golf Club, New Jersey will be played between May 20-23. It will be the first official match-play tournament on the LPGA since 2007.
A field of 64 players will be invited to contest a $1.5million purse, for which the winner will collect $375,000 – a joint third largest payout on the LPGA Tour for the 2010 season.
Sybase was the title sponsor of the Sybase Classic on the LPGA tour between 2001 and 2009, with that tournament being played at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton for the past three years. However, the club and sponsor decided not to renew their contract to stage the event and it appeared that the sponsor would be without an event for 2010.
Hamilton Farm Golf Club was the venue for the Women’s World Match Play Championship in 2005 and 2006, when sponsored by HSBC. The 2007 event was played at the Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, New York before being shelved.
Past winners of the event are Marisa Baena (2005), Brittany Lincicome (2006) and Seon Hwa Lee (2007).