Myrtle Beach Hopes To Keep Tourney
Nov. 21, 2000
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ Although the PGA is considering moving its season-ending Senior Tour Championship, organizers are optimistic it will remain in the Myrtle Beach area next year.
The tournament brings together the Senior PGA Tour's top 31 money winners along with other players. It has the Tour's largest purse and has been played on area courses since its inception seven years ago.
Tour officials have talked with potential organizers in Florida, Texas and California, and the tournament could rotate among cities.
However, the championship will remain in Myrtle Beach next year if organizers can meet the tour's financial requirements and the title sponsor agrees to the location, said Mickey McCamish, executive director of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.
That financial commitment probably will range from $500,000 to $750,000 more than what local organizers provided this year, McCamish said. He expects to receive the requirements in writing within the next couple of weeks.
Sponsorships, hospitality tents and ticket sales all could help raise the additional money, McCamish said. It would ensure the event would be in Myrtle Beach in 2001, but not subsequent years, he said.
``Bottom line: It's financial,'' said Greg Wheeler, director of Senior PGA Tour Championship management. ``We certainly want to do better financially. We definitely need some of the businesses to step up a little bit more.''
The total contribution from this year's tournament isn't yet available. The tournament was played Nov. 2-5 at the Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, a new location after six years at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club.
The 2001 event is scheduled for Oct. 22-Oct. 28.