Last year's Challenge at Musket Ridge appears to be a one-and-done deal, at least for this year.
Citing lack of a title sponsor, officials at the Symetra Tour, a developmental branch of the LPGA Tour, said Tuesday the golfing event will not be returning to the Myersville course, or any other location in the state, for that matter.
No tournament was scheduled to replace the elimination of the Challenge.
"Unfortunately, Maryland will not be back on the schedule this year," Jennifer Meyer, coordinator of Digital Media, which oversees LPGA and Symetra Tour media relations, said in an email Tuesday. "Last year, the event was owned and operated by the Tour in the hopes to find a title partner that could take on the expenses of hosting an event. That did not happen in 2013."
The tournament, won by South Korea's Misun Cho, drew 144 golfers over the three-day event. Attendance figures topped 3,500. Proceeds from the event were distributed among Heartley House, Mission of Mercy and Frederick County Community Action Agency.
Tour officials said in August, at the end of the tournament, they intended to return to Musket Ridge this year, but with no sponsor stepping forward to underwrite the tournament, it was forced to remove the Challenge from the schedule.
While there will be no Symetra Tour event this year in the state, officials are not giving up on coming back in the future.
"We continue to keep the dialog open and hope to add Maryland as a stop on our schedule in the coming years," Meyer said. Officials have not said if such a stop includes a return to Musket Ridge.
With the Challenge at Musket Ridge off this year's schedule, the Symetra Tour has 14 events scheduled, beginning with the $100,000 VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 22.