Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Foundation Chairman John Cannon announced Thursday that the Airbus LPGA Classic would not be held in 2015 — citing a failure to secure a title sponsor with adequate time to prepare for the tournament held at the Crossings Course at Robert Trent Jones’ Magnolia Grove in Mobile.
Danny Corte, executive director of the Mobile Sports Authority, said he hasn’t heard much about the decision, stating the MSA’s office had been “kept in the dark.”
According to Corte, the Mobile tournament had been listed as a tentative date on the LPGA tour schedule released in November, but he hadn’t heard anything else until Thursday when the organization pulled it.
“I don’t have any inside knowledge about why they did that,” Corte said. “A lot of times tournaments come down to dollars and cents.”
Corte said the turnout for the tournament had been good in the past, including in 2014.
“I think it has been supported,” he added.
While the tournament has some economic benefits, Corte said the city’s biggest loss might be exposure on the Golf Channel.
“It had an exposure aspect,” he said. “It was like a four day commercial for the city of Mobile.”
Cannon wrote that the foundation welcomes the opportunity to discuss a 2016 LPGA event “with Airbus, or any other potential title sponsor.”