By Gregory Crawford---COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management---@wchoops @kcsportsmgmt
LPGA---- This coming week marks the 43rd edition of the LPGA coming to Portland, Oregon. It is always an exciting time in the Oregon/SW Washington sports scene.
The tournament will have a new name this year, the Portland Classic, present by Cambia Solutions, after a great 17 year run as Safeway being the title sponsor. But like life, things in sports do change. The tournament this year will have a big Portland, Oregon feel, with a large wellness tent and plenty of Portland's world famous food carts out on the course for the pleasure of the galleries.
One thing that will not change. This tournament is run so well each year by Tournament Golf Foundation, with its mostly volunteer group and the site for the tournament, Columbia Edgewater is one of the best conditioned courses in all the world.
If you want to attend a great sporting event, get out to North Portland this week and soak it all in. And you will be happy to know, this tournament will continue to support local charities, with over $17 million given to now, more to come.
Where Did They Go----You always wonder what happens to great golfers, some who have won and some have had the potential to win. Many players come to mind, but a couple to think about are Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini? Goosen has won plenty, but sure has faded as of late and Sabbatini has yet to provide us with the excitement, we all thought he was capable of doing.
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