And now, we wait for the 11th Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in Savannah. And to find out if there will be a 12th.
"Yeah,'' said Legends executive tournament director Joe Rotellini, "you just don't know.''
This area has seen professional golf in this position before, on Hilton Head and Hutchinson Islands. Every couple of years, it seems, rumors of doom get floated and the community gets scared into responding with unprecedented support.
But the uncertainty has never been quite as real as it is now for the Legends, which has no contracts with the PGA Tour or the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort beyond this April.
"Every time we go into a year without a contract,'' said Westin general manager Mark Spadoni, "we're a little bit concerned.''
The first concern is that a change at the top will turn Liberty Mutual away from golf because the new CEO is not the golf fan that the old CEO was. But there's more than that.
Liberty Mutual is an insurance company based in the Northeast. Who knows how it could be impacted by claims from Hurricane Sandy.
But those are factors local tournament headquarters cannot control.
"We're going about our business,'' said Rotellini. "Our job here in this office is to produce the best tournament we can for Liberty Mutual, for the Champions Tour and for the City of Savannah.''
But even if the longest running title sponsorship in golf were to end, it doesn't mean professional golf in Savannah would too. Steady community support of the popularity of the venue have proven this a viable, even coveted, tournament site.
But no one's giving up on the Legends just yet.
"The memories that this event has created for me personally and for the resort here is something that I don't want to end,'' said Spadoni. "So we work every day with the objective of trying to ensure that the tournament comes back.''
Thursday, June 20 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:05:47 GMT
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