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PGA preparations underway at Turning Stone

By By MIKE LEVIN

VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The PGA Tour's Turning Stone Resort Championship is coming, a little earlier this year, with the change from early Fall to the first week of August.  With just a few weeks until the 2010 tournament, buzz has already started at the Atunyote Golf Club, thanks to construction underway on the course.

"It's finally starting to come together, you can start to see it and the realization is there that yes, we are going to have a tournament here in a few weeks.  After all the planning we've had, it's been exciting to see it start to pile up," said an excited Joe Cavano, the tournament operations manager.

"Mainly right now our goal is to get out there and really work out the detail stuff, the course aesthetics.  We really need to firm the course up, but mother nature's not really cooperating," added senior supervisor Matt Falvo.  The course has been bombarded with rain already this summer, so the hope is that the sun will be coming out to stay over the next month or so.

If that happens, organizers are expecting much larger Central New York crowds for the tournament.  "It's before school starts, before football season, so it's a great opportunity for families to come out and experience the event where maybe it didn't work with their schedules before," said tournament director Ann Spencer.  "You don't have to be a golfer or or really be a golf fan to enjoy it.  There's a little bit of something for everybody.  It's just truly a special experience beyond golf."

The week of events begins Monday, August 2nd with two days of practice rounds, followed by the Pro-Am on Wednesday.  The first round begins on Thursday, August 5th, with the final round scheduled for Sunday, August 8th.

Tickets are $25 and for more information, you can check out the tournament website at: turningstonechampionship.com

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