Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Legends Golf Tour, the senior tour of the LPGA, won’t be returning to the Falmouth Country Club this year.
Harris Golf, which sponsored the Harris Golf Charity Classic last year, decided not to host the event.
“With the current economy, there’s not a lot of support for sponsorships. We ran it for a couple of years. We will not be doing a third one,” said Jeff Harris of Harris Golf. “It was great for local golf and the women are great ambassadors.”
In 2012, the first-year tournament was called the Hannaford Community Challenge with Hannaford’s and Kraft Foods serving as main sponsors. Hannaford chose not to continue its sponsorship last year and Harris Golf stepped forward as the main sponsor.
Harris said there’s a chance Harris Golf could sponsor a professional tournament in 2015.
“Anything’s possible,” he said. “We’ve been in contact with the Web.Com Tour and the Futures Tour.”
The Legends Tour begins its 14th season this year with eight tournaments.
Sherri Turner of Phoenix won the first Legends Tournament at Falmouth two years ago. That event was held in June.
Last year the tournament moved to September and Rosie Jones of Atlanta beat Lorie Kane of Prince Edward Island in a playoff that went five holes.
Harris said his company will concentrate on growing its business and running its current operations.
“We’re always looking for acquistions,” he said.
Harris did announce that the Exotics Tour, a series of pro-am tournaments that Harris Golf initiated last year for Maine pros, will have a Tour Championship in late September for pros only with a first-place prize of $15,000.
The tournament will be held at Old Marsh in Wells, which is owned by Harris Golf.
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