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Tim's Take: Remembering Legends week

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Legends of Golf is being played this week with a different sponsor and in a different city than where it spent more than a decade as the biggest thing in Savannah sports. 

However, professional golf is not forgotten in our city - and maybe not gone for good. 

PGA Tour Champions are teeing it up with some of the game's greats for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at the Big Cedar Lodge. It still doesn't sound right - neither the name nor the place seeming as natural as senior golf's oldest event was always held in Savannah. 

"You know, every year I say I'm going to watch it, and I go put on the TV for about 10 or 15 minutes and I sit there and I say, 'I'm not ready to watch it,' said Mark Spadoni, GM, Westin Savannah Harbor Resort. 

Mark Spadoni is not alone in missing the event that would have made his golf course the busiest one in Savannah this week, the center of sports and social activities with the biggest names from golf's past, making the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf the biggest event in Savannah for 11 years. Now, in the fourth year without professional golf in town, Savannah golf still feels the absence. 

"It was 11 years. It went by like it was two. I remember every year just the anticipation of who was going to be joining the Champions Tour. It was a good time," said Spadoni. 

And it was good for the city, boosting local entertainment and ego. Professional golfers say every city they go to is their favorite on the schedule. We just chose to believe it when they said that about Savannah - and that our city's charm is what still could bring them back someday. 

"The city, the experience, the warmth and hospitality. They say 'bring it and we'll come back.'

Spadoni's conversations with the Tour always come back to sponsorship and where it would come from because it doesn't seem to be available here. However, as we just saw last week at Harbour Town, a sponsor doesn't have to be local to be successful in a market, so the Westin's GM continues to look around for something that would put the golf world's eyes back on Savannah again. 

"It's a dream for me and not something I'm going to give up on lightly. Let's cross our fingers and hope we get something back a few years," Spadoni said. 

And get Savannah back in the game of professional golf. 

The Legends moved to Ridgedale, MO after the 2013 event, and is now sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. 

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