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Oneida Nation CEO to play in 2010 Championship

By By PAT BAILEY

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - There are three changes to this year's Turning Stone Resort Championship - one of them being that Oneida Nation CEO Ray Halbritter is part of the field.

Halbritter said he has been working on his golf game all summer and after obtaining the proper certification, will join 132 golfers in the field with a corporate sponsorship exemption.

Another new aspect to this year's tournament, and quite possibly the most anticipated since it was announced last year, is the date. For the first time in four years, the Turning Stone Resort Championship will be played in the Summer - August 2 - 8. The first three tournaments were played on the Fall Series of the PGA Tour.

"We might still get wet, but we will be a little warmer," Halbritter joked following Tuesday's annual media tournament at the Atunyote Golf Course.

Halbritter said the move out of the Fall and into the Summer will allow the Oneida Nation to really show off what the tournament has to offer - most notable the Atunyote Golf Course itself.

"That time of year, the course will not look any better. It is just in fabulous shape," Halbritter said. "We are able to have a beautiful time of year for the aesthetics of the facility."

Another change for this year's tournament is the annual Pro-Am. This year, the Turning Stone Resort Championship is teaming up with the Buffalo Bills.

"I think the thing that drove this partnership was the huge part charity plays in the partnership," said former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker. "Also, it gives the Buffalo Bills, as a franchise, a chance to regionalize throughout the entire region."

The Turning Stone Resort Championship will once again raise money for area charities. PGA statistics show between $25 million and $30 million is brought into a region with a PGA event, Halbritter said.

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