A group of 15 LPGA players -- including Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Cristie Kerr -- have signed and submitted a letter to the LPGA Board of Directors requesting the resignation of commissioner Carolyn Bivens, sources among the players told Golf World July 6. The letter was received by Michelle Ellis, LPGA president, who submitted it to Dawn Hudson, chairman of the board.
Concerned about canceled events in 2009 and a dwindling 2010 schedule, the players met over dinner at the Owens Corning Classic. At issue are added costs imposed on tournaments by Bivens' Vision 2010 business plan that have caused several sponsors to pull support from the tour.
"This week we are focused on the U.S. Open and it's not an appropriate time to discuss internal LPGA matters," said David Higdon, the tour's chief of communications. "We all care deeply about the tour and are working hard for it's long-term success."
*-- Ron Sirak *