Turning Stone to host 49th PGA Professional National Championship in 2016

By Gary Liberatore

(WKTV) - Turning Stone Resort will once again host the national championship for PGA professionals in 2016.

The PGA Professional National Championship was last held at the Turning Stone in 2006.

After a press conference making the announcement Monday morning at the Shenendoah Golf Club in Verona, Oneida Indian Nation Chief Executive Officer Ray Halbritter said he has been working with the PGA of America for the past couple of years to get this tournament to make a return to Central New York, and feels very fortunate to have been selected from all of the golf facilities across the country.

The PGA Professional National Championship is a national tournament for the PGA professionals, not the PGA touring pros such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but rather the the golf pros from their respective golf clubs across the country.

Many of those professionals from clubs throughout Upstate New York were in attendance for Monday's press conference and then some played the Shenendoah Golf Course, as it opened on Monday for the season.

The 3,700 or so PGA professionals from golf clubs across the country will play in regional qualifying tournaments to try and make it to the Turning Stone.  Only 312 will make it.

Halbritter says having 312 golfers come for a several-day period will also mean great news for our local economy.

He added this national championship is a great opportunity to once again put, not only the Turning Stone in the national spotlight again, but Central New York in general.

The PGA Professional National Championship is broadcast live by the Golf Channel.

It will be at Turning Stone June 26-29 of 2016.

Many golf fans would obviously like to see an official PGA Tour stop here again, and we are told the Oneida Indian Nation is always interested in opportunities with the PGA, but there is nothing in the works as we speak.

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