Greater Seattle Champions Classic to Debut in 2005

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Champions TourSEATTLE, Wash. -- Snoqualmie Ridge will be the home of a new PGA Champions Tour event beginning in August, 2005. The announcement was made Wednesday by the Champions Tour, Seattle community leaders and the TPC at Snoqualmie.
 
The inaugural Greater Seattle Champions Classic will be played August 15-21, 2005. By signing a three-year agreement, officials have ensured that the event will remain in Seattle at least through 2007.
 
Seventy-eight players will comprise the first PGA Tour competition at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course.
 
'Seattle boasts a vibrant golf community, and the Champions Tour has been interested in the area for some time,' said tour president Rick George. 'The TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge is one of the best courses in the state and our players are already looking forward to competing there. We are confident Seattle golf fans will welcome the Champions Tour when it comes to town August 2005.'
 
The beneficiary of the Greater Seattle Champions Classic will be The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center, which is widely-recognized for excellence in cardiac care. The center serves patients throughout the Northwest and Alaska.
 
The Champions Tour began in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, and in 2004 offers 30 events for a total of $53.08 million in prize money. The tour played in the Seattle area from 1986 through 1996, with such names as Dave Stockton, Al Geiberger and Chi Chi Rodriguez emerging victorious.