LPGA returning to Columbia-Edgewater

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NORTH PLAINS, OR - AUGUST 19: Mika Miyazato of Japan poses with the trophy on the 18th hole after her 13 under par victory during the final round of the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on August 19, 2012 in North Plains, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


by Michael Berk


Posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 8:28 PM

PORTLAND -- Since 2009, the LPGA Safeway Classic was played at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, but that's about to change.

Columbia-Edgewater, which had been home to this event from 1974-2008 before a change of venue, is getting its tournament back.

"We had a great run at Pumpkin Ridge for four years, (now) we're back at Columbia- Edgewater," said tournament Chairman Don Ossey. "Tremendous history at Columbia-Edgewater. It's one of the best golf courses in the Pacific Northwest voted by Golf Magazine's players, it's a great test of golf."

And the test will be even more stern this summer, as the event moves from 54 holes to a more traditional 72 hole, four-round event.

"It's only been a few LPGA tournaments that maintained that 54 hole format, so we're one of the last to change to the 72-hole format. It's the traditional model and it's the preferred model of the LPGA," Ossey said.

The 2013 Safeway Classic will take place from August 29th -September 1st. The Golf Channel has planned to televise all four rounds. 

As has been the case in the past, proceeds will benefit children's charities throughout the state of Oregon.