Miami is now one of the longest running stops on the NGA Hooters Tour.
Officials announced Tuesday evening at a kickoff dinner that the Buffalo Run Casino Classic would be played June 18-21 at Peoria Ridge Golf Course.
This marks the seventh straight year Miami has been one of the key events on the tour.
The Kandy Waters Memorial Classic is the longest running event on the Hooters Tour, but it’s been moved around to several courses in the Augusta area, NGA Tour regional tournament director Ryan Waters said.
The Savannah Lakes Village Classic at McCormick, S.C., also is in its seventh year.
“This is one event the players always walk away from and ask ‘why can’t they all be like that?’” Waters said. “Tonight is just another example — turning the media day into a media evening with the presentation and the dinner at the casino.”
“It’s just another example of Annette (tournament director Annette Black) making it bigger and better,” Waters said.
The season starts March 5 with the Amelia Island (Fla.) Plantation NGA Classic presented by Valley Crest.
The 168-player field will be vying for $200,000 in prize money during the 72-hole event.
Players will begin arriving in Miami on June 15 with a number of events leading up to the start of play.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to bring the NGA Tour to northeast Oklahoma and our tri-state area,” said Steve Bashore, general manager of the Buffalo Run Casino. “We are proud to be the title sponsor of what continues to be a great event for Miami.”
The Harbor, a shelter for the homeless which had to be relocated following the July 2007 flood, will be this year’s charitable organization.
It recently purchased a building on the truck route which is being renovated to provide the needed services.
The Harbor will organize a golf scramble on Monday, June 15, at Peoria Ridge. All proceeds from the event and additional monies raised through the Wednesday pro-am (June 17) will also go to the Harbor.
“The success enjoyed by past events is due to an outstanding group of volunteers on the course and a group of local families who have welcomed some of the players into their homes as guests,” Black said.
Persons interested in volunteering or hosting players can contact Black at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-2535, ext. 15.
Black will also have information on pro-am sponsorships.
Other events scheduled throughout the week include a junior golf clinic, a horse race and events held in conjunction with the pro-am tournament.