Poised: To move its headquarters to Frisco, Texas, the PGA of America, according to a report by Art Stricklin on Golf.com, which cited unnamed officials within the PGA. The association, which represents 28,000 club professionals and other members, has been based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., since 1965. The PGA would move to the new Panther Creek development, about 20 miles north of Dallas, according to Golf.com. Plans include a 45-hole golf complex, with one course to be designed by Gil Hanse, those sources said. The Hanse course eventually would play host to many of the PGA’s events, including the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
Moved: To a summer date beginning next year, the LPGA’s Evian Championship. The tournament, the fifth of the LPGA’s annual major championships, has been plagued by weather issues in September in the French Alps. Last year, the Evian was reduced to 54 holes when Thursday’s first round was canceled after players already had started play, sparking criticism among players, media and golf fans. The 2013 event, which was the Evian’s first year as a major championship, also was cut to 54 holes because of inclement weather. Next year, the Evian will be played July 25-28 at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Baines, with the purse increased to $4.1 million, behind only the $5 million U.S. Women’s Open on the LPGA. The move fulfills a promise that LPGA commissioner Mike Whan made to restore the Evian to a summer date. This year’s Evian Championship, with a $3.85 million purse, will be played Sept. 13-16.
Changed: The name of the PGA Tour’s annual stop in Fort Worth, Texas, to the Fort Worth Invitational, according to officials at host Colonial Country Club. This year’s tournament, set for May 24-27, was without a sponsor after upscale grocer Dean and DeLuca did not meet its financial obligations to continue the third year of a six-year contract. The tournament, which dates to 1946, is the longest-running PGA Tour event still being played at its original site.
Announced: By the LPGA, that its first golf facility outside of the U.S. will open next near in Busan, South Korea. Asiad Country Club will be renamed LPGA International Busan in summer 2019. The 27-hole course will be renovated by Rees Jones, who designed one of the two courses at LPGA International near the tour’s headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla.