Storm damage changes date of Dick's Sporting Goodstext sizeOctober 19, 2011
Champions Tour staff
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Champions Tour announced today that the Dick's Sporting Goods Open will be contested the week of Aug. 13-19, 2012. This year's tournament, won by Champions Tour rookie John Huston, was played in the last week of June.
The new date, implemented for one year only, is a result of the major flooding damage sustained from Tropical Storm Lee that caused the Susquehanna River to overflow at record levels last month and almost completely cover the course. Tournament officials agreed moving the tournament to a later date will allow the En-Joie Golf Club more time to recover and return to championship form.
"The Endicott community shows tremendous support for the Champions Tour each year during Dick's Sporting Goods Open week," said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens. "We want to take every step possible to ensure we provide them a first-class event and give our players ideal playing conditions. This move for next year will allow us to do that."
"As title sponsor of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, our goal is to give golf fans and the Endicott community an enjoyable on-course experience and an exciting, highly-competitive event featuring a top-level Champions Tour field," said Lauren Hobart, Chief Marketing Officer, Dick's Sporting Goods. "We're confident this move from June to August will deliver exactly that, and we look forward to hosting what we anticipate will be our best tournament ever in 2012."
En-Joie Golf Club has hosted the Dick's Sporting Goods Open five times. The course was the long-time site of the PGA TOUR's B.C. Open from 1971-2005. When Dick's Sporting Goods was established as the title sponsor in 2007, the tournament became part of the Champions Tour with R.W. Eaks winning the inaugural event. Eaks was followed in the winner's circle by Eduardo Romero, Lonnie Nielsen, Loren Roberts and John Huston.
"The support shown by Dick's Sporting Goods, the Champions Tour, our players and Broome County has been tremendous during these trying times," said Tournament Director John Karedes, "Through everybody's cooperation Broome County Community Charities, Inc. will be able to continue raising money for our local charities."
Broome County Community Charities, the sponsoring organization for the tournament, has donated over $9.6 million to area charities since 1974.
The complete Champions Tour schedule for the 2012 season is expected to be finalized later this year.