RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The LPGA Futures Tour announced today that it has signed the Eagle Companies to a three-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the Eagle Classic.
The agreement with the Richmond-based homebuilder, residential & commercial real estate development and investment company secures professional women's golf in Virginia's capital city for the next three years.
Eagle Companies previously had served as the tournament's presenting sponsor and participated in the Pro-Am. The combined experiences led to their decision to title sponsor an official LPGA Futures Tour tournament.
The 2011 event will be staged Aug. 12-14 with a purse of $100,000, and return to Richmond Country Club for the fourth year. Monies raised in conjunction with the Eagle Classic will benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center.
VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 66 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country and the only provider of nationally ranked cancer care in Richmond, VA. Massey Cancer Center has been one of many Richmond-based charities supported by the Eagle Companies.
The tournament will be in the home stretch of the LPGA Futures Tour's "J Golf Race for the Card," which spotlights the movement on the Tour's 2011 season money list as players jockey for position among the top-10 money winners. Players finishing in the top 10 at the conclusion of the tournament season will earn membership on the 2012 LPGA Tour.
Last year's winner, and current LPGA rookie Jennifer Song, used her victory at the 2010 Eagle Classic to propel her to second on the tour's 2010 money list the conclusion of last season.