LPGA Commissioner visits Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some of the best women's golfers in the world are converging in Richmond this week for the LPGA Futures Tour Eagle Classic. The man who's in charge of the women's top tour played in the Pro-Am prior to the Richmond Country Club.

Michael Whan took over a troubled tour two years ago.  The LPGA is down to 26 events a year, almost 10 less than the PGA Tour.  Also, only 14 of those 26 are on American soil.  In addition most of the winners on the tour over the past few years have not been Americans.

But Whan believes it's the international flair of his tour that they must embrace.  He said Thursday that the key is education the American public about each player, and they won't care where they were born.

Whan is proud of the Futures Tour's presence in Richmond. Without an LPGA, PGA, Champions or Nationwide Tour event in Virginia, this weekend's event is the highest profile professional golf event in the state.  The ladies tee off at Richmond Country Club Friday morning.

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