The celebrity pro-am portion of the event was eliminated from competition and the tournament will now focus solely on the 54-hole stroke play event. The tournament also shifts to a new venue, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.
Former major league baseball umpire Steve Palermo, who serves as the chairman of the Pride of Kansas City Foundation, announced that the Children's Mercy Hospital will become the primary beneficiary of the tournament.
'The Pride of Kansas City Foundation is extremely excited to keep the Bayer Advantage Classic in the Kansas City area, and are now bringing the first ever professional sports event to Johnson County,' Palermo said. 'We look to strong support from the local residents as well as the entire Kansas City community to help make the 2005 tournament a success, and in particular, raise a great deal of money for the Pride's primary charitable beneficiary, Children's Mercy Hospital.'
The event will take place the weekend of June 10-12, 2005. It will mark the 15th straight year that the Kansas City area will have hosted a Champions Tour event. Kansas City Royals legend George Brett will again serve as the honorary co-chairman of the tournament.