It looks like it's finally here…golf season. And to kick it off, Turning Stone making an announcement on Monday that has golfers and golf fans gearing up.
It's that time of year again. Get your clubs ready and head to the tee box because it's golf season. But at the Turning Stone, some are looking toward future golf seasons. An announcement today saying for the first time since 2006 the Verona Casino and Resort will host the 2016 PGA Professional National Championship.
“It’s very exciting. It's the best club pros from around the country competing for a chance to place in the PGA Championship, so it's a great opportunity and it's going to be a lot of fun," says Miles Blundell, Director of Golf Operations.
Out of 3,700 professionals, only 312 will make this tournament, showcasing the best of the best.
"You'll see some really, really quality golf coming here and some of the scores they will shoot will be astounding," says Stan Gorman, Central New York PGA president.
This golf tournament won't just be good for golf fans. It'll also be good for the local economy in Central New York.
“It always injects a great infusion of economic opportunity and also the media attention is going to be amazing. There's going to be millions of people watching. It will be televised it will just be great competition for everyone to come and watch," says Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation C.E.O.
But whether you’re a golf fan or not, the 2016 championship will certainly showcase the features of Central New York on a very large scale.
"We really wanted to be able to showcase upstate New York and that's one of the great things about having a resort of this caliber we're able to attract this type of opportunity but we're very fortunate to be able to bring this to Central New York and i think there are so many fans out there that are just going to love the opportunity to see these great players and this great competition in action," says Halbritter.
The first place winner of the tournament will win $75,000 and an opportunity to play in the PGA Championship.