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A new Rivalry on Tour

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When the PGA Tour revealed this year’s media guide earlier this week there was an interesting addition to the schedule. Tucked quietly between the PGA Grand Slam and ADT Skills Challenge late in the year is a new silly season event called The Rivalry.

The event, which is scheduled to be played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., Oct. 29-30, will be a two-man, best-ball tournament featuring 24 top college players paired with Tour types from the same college (Stewart Cink, for example, would be teamed with a member of the Georgia Tech golf team).

“The response has been awesome,” said Brandon Goethals, the head golf coach at the University of the Pacific and the event’s organizer. “A lot of big time players said they loved it.”

Although the event is on the schedule Goethals said he’s still working to secure sponsorship dollars for the pro portion of the purse and he may have to wait until next year to hold the inaugural event.

“We’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go,” conceded Goethals, who added that he should know by Feb. 1 whether he will be able to secure enough sponsorship to hold the event this year. “Even if it doesn’t happen this year we will get it done.”