LPGA Tour Players Demand Resignation of Carolyn Bivens

Carolyn BivensThe LPGA Tour is at a standstill right now because the top players on the tour are at odds with the first ever appointed female commissioner, Carolyn Bivens, asking for her resignation. The players are upset because they have been losing tournaments from tour calendar, a total of seven, since 2007, and that includes the sole three events that were to be hosted in Hawaii. This comes at a crucial time as the   most prestigious tournament of the year opens – the U.S. Women's Open at Saucon Valley. The tour has been suffering all year long, possibly because of economic issues, with six tournaments still needing sponsors, and a total of fourteen events that need renewing, with no idea of whether or not they will be.

Apparently, some of the LPGA players are convinced that it is the fault of Bivens, and they may well be right. It all happened during her tenure as commissioner. Around fifteen players met earlier this week, and wrote a letter to the LPGA Tour's board of directors that requested that Carolyn Bivens resign her post. One consideration that the players have in mind are the longtime sponsors from areas like Corning, Atlantic City, Rochester, Toledo and Williamsburg, who are all gone or on the verge of leaving, after heated meetings with Bivens, who demanded that the sponsors return more money to the LPGA.

Perhaps these sponsors would even have agreed to requests such as this, in a booming economy, however to ask for more money at this stage of the game is unrealistic. Only five more events remain in the US this year and the tour is struggling to attract both fans and sponsors. Players like Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel are the at the head of this coup.

Tags: Carolyn Bivens, Saucon, Valley, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel
Posted: 13th July 2009

News LPGA Tour Players Demand Resignation of Carolyn Bivens
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