PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is scheduled to officially announce the fall schedule Wednesday in Florida, but a tour official involved with the discussions confirmed Tuesday the selection of the upstate New York venue, located about 35 miles east of Syracuse. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement had not been made.
Turning Stone spokesman Mark Emery said a news conference was scheduled for Wednesday at the resort but declined further comment.
Flooding along New York's Southern Tier forced the PGA to change the venue for the final B.C. Open to Turning Stone's Atunyote Golf Club, the first PGA event to be staged on American Indian land. Two weeks earlier, the resort had hosted more than 300 players competing in the PGA of America's Professional National Championship. Rave reviews from the players helped convince the PGA's policy board to switch the B.C. Open there.
Atunyote, the Oneida Indian word for eagle, is a 7,315-yard, parkland course designed by Tom Fazio with huge stretches of open space, gently rolling hills, a stream and small waterfalls and several lakes. The largest body of water measures 13 acres and runs along three fairways, including the finishing hole.
In making the announcement of the switch in early July, Henry Hughes, chief of operations for the PGA Tour, said that although the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup schedule was locked in from 2007-12, something could materialize on the fall schedule.
Despite the short time to get the course ready, Turning Stone produced more positive reviews from the pros and the course withstood a torrent of rain that forced two delays on the third round.
'I love it here,' said Bob May, who finished one shot behind winner John Rollins. 'I am a big fan of this golf course and Tom Fazio courses.'
Named after the cartoon strip B.C., the B.C. Open was a regular PGA Tour stop since 1972. But it struggled financially in one of the smallest markets on tour and never had a corporate sponsor. It is being eliminated from the PGA Tour, a victim of the major modifications to the tour schedule beginning next year.