Nationwide Tour Championship Leaving Prattville


Nationwide TourThe Nationwide Tour Championship is leaving Prattville after a five-year run, but the city is hoping to land a tournament to fill the void.
The Nationwide event will be held in Houston and San Diego the next two years.
Prattville Mayor Jim Byard said city officials are working to secure a 'bigger and better event' for the Capitol Hill Golf Course.
Byard would not say if the event is sponsored by the PGA Tour or the LPGA.
'We are in negotiations as we speak,' he told the Montgomery Advertiser in a story Tuesday. 'We expect to be able to announce the event sometime after the first of the year.'
One possible successor could be an event on the Futures Tour, a developmental tour for the LPGA.
Tracy Kerdyk, the Future Tour's vice president of business development and communications, said the Montgomery area would be a great market but they are not looking specifically at Capitol Hill.
'We will not have an event in Alabama this year,' Kerdyk said. 'I have had some conversations with some people in the Montgomery area about hosting a Futures Tour event in the area but they haven't gone as well as I would have liked.
'It's in the beginning stages.'
The Nationwide Tour Championship had an estimated $4.7 million impact on the area in 2004, attracting about 60,000 people.
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