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Over 60,000 fans take in 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic

Last Updated Jun 8, 2015 at 5:17 am EDT

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Summary

New tournament director of Manulife LPGA Classic says things ran "very smoothly" across the board in her 1st year

The LPGA players loved the condition of Whistle Bear

The new tournament director of the Manulife LPGA Classic says things ran “very smoothly” across the board in her first year at the helm.

This was also the first year the tournament was held at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge.

Milaina Wright tells 570 News they’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from the players about Whistle Bear and the condition of the golf course.

“It’s definitely a testament to Tom (Kinsman), who’s the superintendent here and his crew…Even the clubhouse staff, they’ve done a superb job welcoming the players.

She adds from an organizational and logistical standpoint, the tournament couldn’t have been better.

Tournament officials said late Sunday that around 63,000 fans took in the action at Whistle Bear. Wright added pre-tournament ticket sales were up 15-per cent compared to 2014.

That’s even with some big names pulling out at the last minute. Fan favourite Michelle Wie missed her first Manulife LPGA Classic due to injury.

The 2016 tournament will have a new date. It’s moving to late August, meaning tournament play will take place the first weekend in September.