Sponsorship of Illinois event continues

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- State Farm Insurance Cos. has renewed its contract to sponsor the LPGA's annual tour stop in Springfield.

The Bloomington-based insurance giant will sponsor LPGA State Farm Classic through 2011 and will maintain the $1.7 million purse, tournament officials said Thursday. Next year's tournament will be June 10-13 at Panther Creek Country Club.

State Farm has sponsored the tournament since 1993. The number of official money events on the LPGA Tour dropped from 34 in 2008 to 28 this year.