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LPGA Tour loses two tournaments, adds one

Two weeks after losing a tournament at its headquarters, the LPGA Tour on Wednesday released the first quarter of its schedule for 2000 that drops another Florida event but also adds a new tournament in Hawaii.

The HealthSouth Inaugural, which has kicked off the LPGA season the past two years in Orlando, will not be played next year because the tour and HealthSouth agreed not to renew its contract.

``We are exploring the possibility of and are optimistic about putting an event in Orlando in 2001,'' commissioner Ty Votaw said.

The LPGA previously lost the Titleholders Championship, played at its LPGA International course in Daytona Beach, because Mercury declined to renew its sponsorship.

Also Wednesday, Safeco Corp. said it would discontinue sponsorship of its tournament in Washington state, the longest continuously sponsored event on the LPGA Tour.

The LPGA Tour will make two trips to Hawaii. The Hawaiian Ladies Open will be played Feb. 24-27, the week before the Australian Ladies Masters. The new tournament is the Takefuji Classic in Hawaii, which will be the week after Australia.

Only tournaments through the Nabisco Championships -- previously known as the Dinah Shore -- have been released. Votaw said the rest will be finalized shortly, but he wanted players and fans to starting planning for the 2000 season.

The major championship dates also have been set.

The LPGA Championship in Delaware will be played June 22-25, while the U.S. Women's Open at the Merit Club outside Chicago will be played July 20-23, the same week as the men's British Open.

The du Maurier Classic, in what could be its last tournament with major status, is scheduled for Aug. 10-13 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Canada.