AT&T/Oak Hills renewal guarantees return to historic venue

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October 17, 2007
PGA TOUR staff

The AT&T Championship will return to Oak Hills Country Club, the popular site of the annual Champions Tour event in San Antonio, for at least the next two years under terms of a renewal agreement signed late last week.

Oak Hills Country Club, which has hosted the tournament since 2002, will be the home of the event in 2008-2009 with an option for 2010.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Oak Hills, one of the most popular stops on the Champions Tour will continue to host AT&T Championship for the next 2-3 years," said Lora Watts, President of Champions Charities, the owner and operator of the late-season Champions Tour event.

This year's event, which runs through Sunday at par 71 Oak Hills, features the top members of the Champions Tour as they seek to guarantee entry into the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week at Sonoma Golf Club in Northern California

The news of the renewal of Oak Hills as the tournament site was met by great approval from the Champions Tour players as well.

"I have a lot of fond memories of Oak Hills from the Texas Open and I'm glad to be going back there," said AT&T defending champion Fred Funk.

Golf superstar Ben Crenshaw, who made his professional debut in San Antonio at the PGA Tour's Texas Open more than 30 years ago, was excited to be coming back to the Oak Hills course which was chartered in 1922.

"It's a historic gem and treasure," Crenshaw said. "To see the A.W. Tillinghast layout and greens is fantastic."

The private member-owned course was opened as Alamo County Club and designed by renowned architect A.W. Tillinghast. It fell on hard times during the Great Depression and World War II, was closed, but was able to reopen in 1946 as Oak Hills Country Club.

"It's just a treat to get to play a historic and old style course like Oak Hills," said Champions Tour veteran Lanny Wadkins.

"For the amount of money we are playing, we'd probably play anywhere, but it's great to get to play a course like Oak Hills."

It was the site of 25 Texas Opens on the PGA Tour, including the first $2 million dollar PGA Tour tournament.

The clubhouse facilities have consistently been updated and modernized and ranks as one of the most popular among players, sponsors and golf fans.

For tickets to this year's event, call 210-698-3582 or go to www.attchamp.com for further information.

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