CEO of Nations Enterprises not playing Turning Stone


Ray Halbritter received loads of attention last week when he said he'd compete in the PGA Tour's Turning Stone Resort Championship. The CEO of Nation Enterprises carries a 2-handicap and was looking to fulfill what he called a lifelong dream of competing against the best in professional golf.
After much criticism, Halbritter announced Sunday that he intends to withdraw to give his spot to someone more deserving, someone who perhaps is chasing a Tour card for 2011.
'My intention in qualifying to be eligible to play in our Turning Stone Resort Championship was to participate in a competitive opportunity which any golfer would enjoy,' he said in a statement. 'In addition, given the responsibilities of my position as I mentioned in some interviews on the exemption issue, I wanted to use the platform afforded by our event to show the public, particularly American Indian youth, what can be accomplished by someone with a challenging background who puts his mind and heart into it.
'My goal was to celebrate, not detract from, our wonderful tournament, its players and fans. The focus this week should be on the great game of golf and enjoying the exciting competition on the course. I do not want my participation to distract from our championship and the talented professionals who have chosen to compete here. So, I have decided to withdraw from my place in the field and to award it to another golfer to play this week. I hope our golf community will join me in celebrating a terrific week of golf and all of the fun and festivities which our team has worked so hard to present for them here at Turning Stone.”