Oneida Nation's CEO, Ray Halbritter, withdraws from Turning Stone Resort Championship

By WKTV News

VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Ray Halbritter has announced Sunday night that he will not be participating in the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship.

Halbritter had recently been criticized by some for giving himself a sponsors exemption to play in the tournament. He says that he is going to award his place in the tournament to another golfer this weekend.

He released a statement saying, "my goal was to celebrate, not detract from, our wonderful tournament, its players and fans. The focus this week should be on the great game of golf....I do not want my participation to distract from our championship and the talented professionals who have chosen to compete here."

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