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Next hurdle for Turning Stone Championship: getting stand-alone weekend

By ANDREW DONOVAN

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Fans and players alike seemed to agree that the Turning Stone Resort Championship's date's move to summer was a good thing for the tournament. The next think tournament officials would like to accomplish is not competing with any other big tournaments.

Official numbers have not been released, but even simply walking the course, one could tell attendance was up and people were enjoying the warmer temperatures from last year, which also yielded better golf scores.

The past three tournaments at Atunyote Golf Club were held in the fall, when temperatures were colder and fans were met with hale or even grapple. It took some negotiating, but tournament officials got the tournament moved early to August.

That hurdle was only one that Turning Stone golf officials would like to jump over. The only hindrance of this year's tournament was that it had to compete with another PGA tournament in Ohio, the Bridgestone Invitational.

The 50 best golfers in the nation were invited to play in the Ohio tournament, pulling them away from Vernon to play. Now, if the Turning Stone Resort Championship can be moved to a weekend where it won't compete, it can draw those bigger golf names such as Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.

Tournament Operations Manager Joe Cavano said that will happen, "hopefully sooner as opposed to later. I think the tour is very happy with the venue. The players certainly don't experience anything like this at other venues they play at. I think everyone's excited and looking forward to getting that done and getting our own date."

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