Turning Stone to Debut on TOUR in 2006

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PGA Tour (75x100)VERONA, N.Y. -- The Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Championship will make its debut on the 2007 PGA calendar as the top money stop on the PGA TOUR Fall Series.
 
The Oneida Indian Nation will host a $6 million tournament for the next six years at its Atunyote Golf Club.
 
The inaugural Turning Stone Resort Championship will be held Sept. 17-23, 2007.
 
It will be the kickoff tournament for the PGA TOUR's seven-event series. Purses for the other tournaments range from $3.5 million to $5 million.
 
'We've been working hard for something like this. This will bring our resort, our community, national and international attention,' said Ray Halbritter, the nation's federal representative and chief executive officer.
 
The Oneidas were chosen to host a PGA event because of the venue's quality and how they performed as the last-minute substitute host for the final B.C. Open, said Jeff Monday, the PGA TOUR's senior vice president of tournament development.
 
Flooding forced the PGA TOUR to change the venue for the B.C. Open from the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y. just two weeks before it was scheduled.
 
Atunyote, the Oneida Indian word for eagle, is a Tom Fazio design that opened in 2004. The 7,315-yard layout is a parkland course with huge stretches of open space, gently rolling hills, a stream, small waterfalls and several lakes. The largest body of water measures 13 acres and runs along three fairways, including the finishing hole.
 
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