Just when you thought it was safe to pencil new dates for the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer into your calendar, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a second change.
The LPGA Tour has announced the event, played annually at the Stockton Seaview Golf Resort, will be moving to the fall. First the event was postponed from June to July dates, and now it will be held October 2-4.
"We appreciate the flexibility of the management of the event," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "The LPGA is looking forward to returning to the shore in October."
It has been a wild ride for professional golf. All tours went on hiatus with the pandemic, and changes are still being made. There is a possibility the October dates may allow the tournament to be played with fans in attendance. Time will tell.
"Given the challenges of today's environment (with the disease) we are excited to move to the fall," explained Tim Ehrensen. "Autumn golf in South Jersey provides great conditions and we know Seaview's staff will continue to do an outstanding job on the course."
There's another great thing with the move in timing, in that instead of heading overseas after the original new dates, the October dates will be the week before the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. "That's being held at Aronimink (in Newtown Square) so we are excited to be a part of a couple of weeks of great golf in the Delaware Valley," added Ehrensen.
Given the uncertainty of the COVID response, the rescheduling of the event to October is great news for the tournament, fans and players.
CHIP SHOTS: THe event generates more than $1 million annually for charity, having generated more than $35 million since its inception...While it's too early to think about player commitments, it's expected the ShopRite will have its usual outstanding field