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84 Lumber Classic gone for good?

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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06102/681404-136.stm

Just when the 84 Lumber classic was achieving the critical mass (a move to the envious June slot and more coverage and VIP players) the company goes on and pulls the plug on it :(. They cited that their "customer base" could be invited to any tournament so why go to the trouble to host one, but then again look at all the advertising that the tournament provides and now it's not in Sept. but in June prime Golf season.

What is even more dishearting about all this is that we won't even have the "Pennsylvania Classic" anymore!? It wasn't much of a tournament but it was PGA and did spend every odd year in Pittsburgh and even year in Philadelphia.

Joe Hardy the old man had this as a personal passion--despite the cost, he spent tens of millions just to improve the course in Washington Co. and now that his daughter is running things she has a totally new perspective on what the company should be, but my question is why not tell the business and golf community of the state about you withdrawing let them have a month or two to try to salvage the tournament if not for Pittsburgh then for Pennsylvania. The Hartford Open comes out of no where and gains the coveted June date from Metro Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania for the first time in over a decade has no PGA tournament in 2007!! Worse yet a annual impact study saw that the community got over $77 million pumped into local coffers because of the PGA tournament here and that was expected to double or higher with the move to June!

If I ever won the lottery, things like this wouldn't happen :P

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That is too bad for you guys, I'm not going to say much because you prabably know this is basically coming to Hartford now as the St. Paul Travelers Tournament.

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^^HT, you have every right to be proud and show it. It is just a shame 84 didn't offer it to other Pennsylvania groups to try to salvage it for the metroplex. Now I am reading that 84 spent over $100 million on course improvements and access roads, the finest golf locker room in the country etc. etc. in just over 4 years at Mystic Rock and now zilch, not even the Pennsylvania Classic. Just sad.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06103/681735-136.stm

Oh by the way here is the celebration in Hartford, the silverhaired guy cheering is St.Paul/Hartford's chairman.

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