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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The course at Locust Hill has been home to the Wegman's Rochester International Tournament since it first hosted the tour in 1977.
"It's been here ever since, it's been a labor of love and I've loved it all the way," said Dan Hurley, a Locust Hill member.
Hurley, 92, is one of Locust Hill's longest members. He remembers during his time as club president when he helped bring the LPGA to Locust back in 1976.
"It was an event, it was a thing, the major didn't mean anything to us. We just wanted a tournament and we put on the best tournament LPGA puts on," Hurley said Wednesday evening.
With recent reports that the LPGA is cutting its ties with Rochester, Hurley's reaction is one of disappointment.
"I didn't think they'd go out of town yet, I thought it would happen eventually," he said. "I think it was great for the community and I think that's where the loss is going to be."
Steven Barber, Locust Hill's head golf professional, is one of those employees that embraced the tournament.
Every year for more than 30 years the tournament has been at Locust Hill except this year. He says because of that he saw this coming.
"It doesn't surprise me. I figured with the one-year contract at Monroe that for sure it was going to be moving out of the area," Barber said.
Barber said the tournament's impact went beyond Locust Hill, saying this absence will leave a void for fans even charities.
"I hope somebody comes along and helps out the charities, you know Camp Good Days. Those are special charities close to everybody's heart in Rochester so I hope they don't suffer," Barber said.
- See more at: http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/742316/locust-hill-members-recall-lpga-tournament-success/#sthash.T8c6jYQe.dpuf