Turning Stone golf event moves to August for 2010

Ever since the Turning Stone Resort Championship started three years ago, officials and golfers alike have clamored for a more attractive date.

Now, they have one.

The PGA Tour announced on Tuesday that the 2010 edition of the championship will be held Aug. 2-8, two months earlier than was the case in 2008 and 2009. It will also be part of the FedEx Cup series for the first time, increasing the tournament's prestige.

"We are excited about the opportunity to host a summer event, ensuring a bright future for the Turning Stone Resort Championship in 2010 and beyond," Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises, said in a release.

"This is a shining example of how parties can work together to make great things happen. The Oneida Nation and Turning Stone Resort look forward to continuing our partnership with the PGA Tour, which benefits the entire Central New York region."

In both of the last two editions of this tournament, bad weather - in the form of rain, wind and cold temperatures - kept attendance figures down, marring otherwise exciting events.

In 2008, Dustin Johnson prevailed by a shot over Robert Allenby for his first PGA Tour title, and last month Matt Kuchar survived a two-day, six-hole playoff to beat Vaughn Taylor.

Without question, the rave reviews of the Atunyote course had an effect on PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who said in a statement that this might not be a one-year deal.

"It has earned the respect and appreciation of the players for being a terrific tournament venue," Finchem said.

"This transitional move to the first week of August within the FedEx Cup schedule will help with the tournament's continued growth and provide more desirable weather conditions.

"Moving forward, our goal is to secure an unencumbered date within the FedEx Cup schedule for Turning Stone."

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