According to the News & Record of Greensboro, the Greensboro Jaycees, who have run the event since its start in 1938, are set to sign a four-year extension with the PGA Tour at next week's Players Championship. The deal is expected to guarantee the GGC will be played at least through 2006 -- and in October, for the most part.
The 2003 Greater Greensboro Classic is scheduled for Oct. 16-19. In 2004, the tournament will be played Oct. 14-17, while the 2005 edition will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The 2006 GGC is slated for Oct. 5-8.
During the first two years of the deal, the GGC will follow the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas and come before the Walt Disney Golf Classic, the Buick Challenge and the Tour Championship.
'For us, it's going to be better in the fall,' said tournament director Mark Brazil. 'I can tell you that based on (player) recruiting. You look at the competition, not to say it's not strong in the fall, but we get beat up in the spring.'
The problem with the tournament's spring positioning has been the fact it so closely followed the Masters in recent years. The world's best players tend to take a break after Augusta before gearing up for events like the Memorial and the U.S. Open, leaving Greensboro with a lack of star power.
With the move to the late season, the GGC will have the opportunity to attract players seeking to secure a place in the top 30 on the PGA Tour money list, which would earn them a spot in the lucrative Tour Championship.
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