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Letter to Rochester from LPGA

Dublin, Ohio (AP) -- The LPGA Championship is getting a new name, two big partners and a lot more exposure.

In what amounts to a merger announced Thursday morning, the LPGA Tour and PGA of America have become partners in the Women's PGA Championship. It will be the first women's major run by the PGA of America starting in 2015 at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y.

LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan, addressed this letter to Rochester:

KPMG will be the title sponsor and use the week to host a major conference that brings together top female executives from business, politics, sports and media.

The plan is to move it around the country. The purse will increase to $3.5 million, and it will become only the second LPGA event on network television. NBC Sports will televise the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on the weekend.

Wegmans' president, Colleen Wegman, says the company is proud to have hosted the event in Rochester. 

"This tournament was a great example of the community working together to make a difference and celebrate the philanthropic spirit that defines Rochester. We are very grateful to Rochester golf fans, community sponsors, volunteers, Wegmans employees, Locust Hill Country Club, Monroe Golf Club, the Rotary Clubs, United Way and local media for their support over the years," said Wegman.

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