Chiquita Classic golf tournament moving to Charlotte area, webpage reveals | Sports & Recreation
WEDDINGTON, NC (WBTV) - A major golf tournament which was slated to be played in Ohio is apparently moving to Union County, a webpage for the tournament revealed.
According to the Welcome page for the 2012 Chiquita Classic, the Nationwide Tour event will be played at The Club at Longview, which is in Weddington, North Carolina.
The webpage, which is currently cloaked on the Chiquita Classic site, was discovered by WBTV.
"It is with excitement that I write to you about our partnership with the PGA Tour and our title sponsorship of the 2012 Chiquita Classic at The Club at Longview," Chiquita Chairman & CEO Fernando Aguirre wrote on the site. "This is a fantastic opportunity to once again host an event of this caliber in our new hometown."
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In November 2011, Chiquita announced that it was moving its global corporate headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte. Chiquita expects to create more than 400 jobs over the next three years and invest $14.1 million in Mecklenburg County.
The Chiquita Classic was started in 2010 and has been played at TPC River's Bend, a private golf club located in Maineville, Ohio.
The tournament is a part of the Nationwide Tour, which is part of the PGA Tour, and was played for the first time in July 2010. The 2011 purse was $550,000.
The 2010 inaugural tournament was four rounds and was aired internationally including China, Japan, Korea and parts of Latin America and Europe.
"We are thrilled that the net proceeds of the event will benefit charities in our regional community; nonprofit organizations receive 100 percent of money from ticket sales," Aguirre's letter on the website stated. "Over the past two years we were able to jointly raise more than $265,000 for local charities."
According to the Nationwide Tour's website, the Chiquita Classic was initially slated to be held Thursday, September 27 through Sunday, September 30, 2012.
A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning at The Club at Longview, where the PGA Tour promises "an important announcement about professional golf in Charlotte."
"I invite you to not only experience the excitement on the course, but to also get an exclusive sneak peek at some Chiquita innovations we'll be bringing to market in 2012," Aguirre's statement said.
The 2012 Chiquita Classic will become the third Nationwide Tour tournament to be played in the Carolinas, including the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in Greenville, South Carolina and The Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Charlotte already hosts the top-level PGA Tour with an annual event, the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. The current agreement for the Wells Fargo-sponsored tournament runs through 2014.
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