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Setting up and saying goodbye

Pittsford, N.Y. The end of near for a 38 year golfing tradition in Monroe County.

Next week the Wegmans LPGA Championship being played, not at Locust Hill but at Monroe Golf Club will be the final time for the tournament in our community, at least for now.

Organizers are attributing the new venue and last year to an increase in ticket sales.

Sales are very, very strong we're ahead of last year for ticket sales, said tournament coordinator Linda Hampton, who expects 15-20-thousand people each tournament day.

While set up for the tournament that runs August 14th through the 17th continues, organizers are trying to soak everything in.

This year it's all about enjoying the 38 years, just sitting back and saying this community for one week out of the year for the last 38 years this has been the home for the world in women's golf, said Hampton.

For 15 of those years Leo Laskowski has been volunteering at the tournament, making countless memories including one involving a porta-potty and former tournament winner.

It was a practice round, and we're looking and said that portables in the wrong location that's a bad location and the sign people said yeah that's sign up a little wrong so we said lets go move it so we did move it, we had a yelp, Rosie Jones was inside, said Laskowski.

Laskowski also has fond memories of helping make the tournament better each year.

The reason I'm here I love it it's a passion and it's going to be really an emotional situation to see it go," said Laskowski.

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Washington Times