The LPGA Tour has been making an early-season stop in Ocala, Fla., for each of the last two years. It appears the tournament is in serious jeopardy to appear on the schedule for a third year.
The tour said Tuesday that the Coates Golf Championship will not take place at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in 2017. The club is owned by R+L Carriers, a freight-shipping company that is the presenting sponsor of the event.
Coates Golf will also not return as title sponsor of the event despite signing a three-year deal to have their name on the tournament. It's unclear why Coates, which makes women's golf equipment and apparel, has withdrawn their sponsorship.
R+L Carriers reportedly reached out to several potential replacement title sponsors but were unable to secure one.
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