Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tiger Woods' Tourney Could (And Should) Be Headed To Philadelphia

Tiger Wood’s own PGA tournament, the AT&T National Tournament, wants to come to Philadelphia for two years, 2010 and 2011, to play at the Donald Ross designed Aronimink Golf Club, if the club will be so kind as to have him.
Woods's Event Set to Shift to Suburban Philadelphia for '10-11

Aronimink Golf Club in the Philadelphia suburbs will be the temporary home for the AT&T National golf tournament in 2010 and 2011 if a majority of the club's membership approves a proposal to host Tiger Woods's signature event on the PGA Tour.
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Aronimink, in Newtown Square, Pa., was the site for the 1962 PGA Championship won by Gary Player and the 2003 Senior PGA Championship won by John Jacobs. The course was designed by renowned architect Donald Ross and opened for play in 1928. It is annually listed among the top 100 golf courses in the United States, playing at 7,206 yards to a par of 70.

"We have made a proposal to Aronimink to host our event in 2010 and 2011," said Greg McLaughlin, the tournament chairman and executive director of the Tiger Woods Foundation, which runs the event and is the main charitable beneficiary. "The members still have to approve it, but we're excited about the possibility of going there. We felt it was the best place to take the championship. It's a historic course, Philadelphia is a wonderful market and they haven't had PGA Tour golf there in quite a while."
We agree. This is a win-win for Philadelphia. Even if it’s only for two years — we’ll take it. A PGA tournament is good for the local economy. A prestigious tournament hosted by Tiger Woods… that’s great for Philadelphia. And one more way to get Philadelphia some very positive national visibility on July 4th weekend.

We can only hope the Aronimink members don’t blow it, via a small-minded, self-interested vote. Aronimink — please throw Philadelphia a frickin’ bone.
McLaughlin had scouted a number of courses in the Washington area as well as venues in other markets, including Baltimore and St. Louis, before settling on Aronimink for 2010 and 2011. He said he wanted to keep the tournament at the same site for two years because "if you look at doing an event on a one-year basis, it's just very difficult from an operational standpoint. Aronimink offered us the best alternative for 2010 and 2011."
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Dick Naumann, Aronimink's general manager, said last night that his club has a long history of hosting important tournaments, including the 1977 U.S. Amateur, and that most of the members he has spoken with "have been very positive about the idea of having the event at our club.
Good.

The member vote is supposed to be held later this month with the outcome to be announced in early November.

Aronimink: please make us proud.

Related:
AT&T National Tournament Finds a Temporary Home in Philadelphia
[ Washington Post ]
Aronimink Golf Club [ Wikipedia ]
The AT&T National Tournament [ Official Site ]

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