The B.C. Open derives its name from the comic strip "B.C." written by Endicott native, Johnny Hart, and began as a TOUR satellite stop to the Cleveland Open in 1971 with a total purse of $10,000.
Since that time Alex Alexander, Tournament Director Mike Norman and a small group of volunteers have turned the B.C. Open into a PGA TOUR stop and the largest single sporting event in the southern tier of the state of New York. The purse has grown to $3 million and the tournament requires over 1,500 volunteers.
Since its inception, the B.C. Open has turned back to local charities in excess of $7.4 million dollars through 2003.
Some past winners of the B.C. Open include Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Blaine McCallister, Hal Sutton, Bill Glasson, Fred Funk, Nolan Henke, John Daly, and local favorites Joey Sindelar, Jeff Sluman, Mike Hulbert, Wayne Levi, and Chris Perry. The defending champion is Craig Stadler.
After 25 years, Alexander stepped down as tournament chairman. As of January 1996, Norman assumed those duties.