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Volume 24 No. 116

Events and Attractions

Any speculation the PGA Tour Wyndham Championship might "lose its spot on the schedule or its position as the last tournament of the regular season was put to rest" by Commissioner Jay Monahan, according to Ed Hardin of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. A safe future for the event "wasn't a foregone conclusion last week after the announced move of the PGA Championship and the inferred alterations to the schedule." Monahan said, "There's a lot of discussion we have to undertake to do some of the things we're thinking about doing on a long-term basis. I would just tell you that this is and always will be a very important part of the PGA Tour and the FedEx Cup season." Hardin notes reports last week "suggested that the Tour would look to condense the schedule" in '19, which would mean "moving the Wyndham to an earlier date." But Monahan said that the Tour was "comfortable" with Sedgefield Country Club and the tournament and its position on the schedule. Monahan added that the history of the event and its "solid reputation would assure that the Wyndham is part of the Tour's long-term plans." Monahan also said that the Wyndham's "strong sponsorship and the influence" of Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation Chair Bobby Long give the event "solid footing for a long future" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 8/17).

CLOUDY FUTURE: The GLOBE & MAIL's Iain Boekhoff reports Golf Canada is "cautioning" the town of Oakville in Ontario that its "move to designate the Glen Abbey Golf Club as a heritage site could throw any future hosting of the Canadian Open into doubt." The chief concern is the ability for Golf Canada to "implement changes to the course in time for next year's championship and whether the approval process entailed with being a heritage property would hinder those changes." Glen Abbey is scheduled to hold next year's Canadian Open, the "fourth year in a row the event will be there and the 30th overall." But Golf Canada is "cautiously awaiting the results of a vote next Monday of the full Town of Oakville council." The heritage committee "unanimously voted on Tuesday to recommend designating the entire golf course, including the tees, fairways, greens and other design features, as a heritage property." It is also the country's "only stadium golf course." Golf Canada has a "shortlist of three other sites, all in the GTA, for a permanent home for the Open" (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/17).

Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth has "landed" the AAC men's basketball tournament for '20-22, according to Kelly Hines of the TULSA WORLD. The 14,000-seat venue is "scheduled to open" in November '19 and has "been selected as a first- and second-round host" for the '22 NCAA Tournament. The '20 AAC tournament will mark the "first time the event will be in a venue" west of the Mississippi River. Previous tournaments have gone to in Memphis ('14, '19); Hartford ('15, '17) and Orlando ('16, '18). This year’s "addition of powerhouse Wichita State all but ensured the American would start scheduling conference tournaments farther west." Oklahoma City also was "under consideration as a host site" (TULSA WORLD, 8/17).