New Sponsorship May Keep Reno on Schedule

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PGA TourRENO, Nev. -- The Reno-Tahoe Open announced a new sponsorship deal worth at least $250,000 Thursday that organizers say should help secure the tournament's spot on the PGA TOUR for several more years.
 
Reno-based Employers Insurance Group will provide from $250,000 to $500,000 for the 2006 tournament while the search continues for a title sponsor willing to put up about $1.5 million. The Reno-Tahoe Open, first played in 1999, is not listed on the PGA TOUR schedule beyond the event set for Aug. 24-27.
 
'We're going to be on the schedule next year,' tournament director Jim Kline said during a news conference at the Montreux Golf and Country Club. 'I the near future -- and I mean real near future -- we'll get offered a contract for the next six years.'
 
The tournament's future has been uncertain since the PGA TOUR announced plans to change it's schedule beginning in 2007 to include a fall series of events following three tournaments that will make up the FedEx Cup Championship Series.
 
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