ESPN2, LPGA to Tee It Up Through 2009


ESPN2 will be the TV home of the LPGA Series through 2009 under a deal announced Thursday by the network and the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

ESPN2 will televise up to 10 events annually, with 2005 highlights including the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, the Sybase Classic Presented by Lincoln Mercury, the Wendy’s Championship for Children and the State Farm Classic tournaments.

“From the phenomenal talents of Annika Sorenstam to the emergence of several young stars, we will continue to showcase the best women’s golfers in the world,” ESPN executive vice president of programming and production Mark Shapiro said in a prepared statement.

“ESPN2 will be the ultimate destination for LPGA fans following these exciting players and storylines,” he added.

"The LPGA Series on ESPN has become an integral part of the LPGA's television schedule, and our relationship with ESPN has been a vital component of the series for seven years now," LPGA commissioner Ty M. Votaw said in a prepared statement.

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with ESPN, which provides the LPGA with a wide-reaching, well-respected vehicle to showcase the very best in women's golf to the world,” Votaw added.