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Past players, officials see ‘Dinah Shore’ move as bad for California, good for LPGA

With the exception of Dinah Shore herself, no person is as identified with the desert’s LPGA golf tournament as Hall of Fame player Amy Alcott. The news that the major championship now known as the Chevron Championship will leave the desert after 2022 had Alcott looking at the past as well as the future.

“In some ways, it will be mourning a loss, but in other ways having a sponsor like Chevron who has really been committed will be great,” said Alcott, who won the major championship three times and started the tradition of the winner jumping into the lake at Mission Hills Country Club after her 1988 victory.

Sadness for the Coachella Valley but an understanding that the tournament might be bigger and better in a new location and with sponsorship from Chevron seemed to be the overwhelming reaction to Tuesday’s announcement that the tournament once hosted by Dinah Shore will relocate to Houston in 2023.

“I have a deep love for the event, “said Gabe Codding, the director of marketing for the City of Rancho Mirage who starting working seasonally at the LPGA event in 1996 and worked up to tournament director from 2008 to 2017. “So to see, to know that the event can go to…

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