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CELEBRITY GOLF ASSOCIATION EVENT LOSES ITS LUSTER IN ORLANDO
Published March 5, 1998
The Celebrity Golf Association (CGA), which has staged tournaments in Orlando in each of the past four years, "will not be stopping by for a fifth," according to Jeff Babineau of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. CGA Commissioner Jim Karvellas: "[W]e lost considerable monies in Orlando. ... I don't like leaving there, but it got to the point where, because of certain circumstances, we had to move on." Babineau notes crowds were "sparse" and local sponsors "were slow stepping forward." The CGA "usually" conducts 6-8 events a year, but "has pulled back its reins, hoping to catch its breath and refocus on the road ahead." Karvellas said he hopes to land Michael Jordan, Mario Lemieux and John Elway -- "all of whom have played on the CGA" -- for a Ryder Cup-style tournament on network TV in the summer of '99 (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/4).