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Senior LPGA Tour to go ahead

The LPGA Tour has authorized the Women's Senior Golf Association to be its official senior tour, with four events planned next season for women who are 44 and older.

The licensing agreement, expected to be announced Tuesday, gives the LPGA Tour a developmental tour (SBC Futures) and senior tour to complement the regular tour.

The women's senior tour had its inaugural tournament in 2000 and played twice this year. LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw was reluctant to embrace a senior tour because it might take marquee players, such as Nancy Lopez, from regular LPGA events.

Under the agreement, senior tournaments might be scheduled for weeks when the LPGA is not playing, or the same week as limited-field tournaments.

Prize money is expected to range from $300,000 to $500,000. On the LPGA Tour, prize money averages about $1.1 million per tournament.

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