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PGA returns to Atunyote in three weeks

By By EVAN WHITE

VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Tiger Woods came to play two weeks ago. And three weeks from now, many of his PGA peers will also take their swings at the Atunyote golf course in Verona.

Officials from the Oneida Indian Nation discussed this year's tournament with reporters Monday afternoon. After adding trees and adjusting fairways in previous years, there are no new changes to the Atunyote course, itself, this year. Fans, however, may see some differences.

Thursday's opening round will be free for breast cancer survivors. Representatives of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund will be on hand promoting breast cancer awareness.

Several youth events will take place and tournament officials have hired a mascot to aid youth-related efforts. Football fans are also being courted, as a jumbo-tron television will show the Syracuse-South Florida football game that Saturday.

"We just wanted to focus on being fan friendly, its really something the fall series is going to wrap themselves around so its not just our fall series event," said Tournament Director Ann Spencer.

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