Changes for the B.C. Open

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 7:04 AM EDT

Nick Price, Nick Faldo, Mark O'Meara, Bernhard Langer.

Those names are some of the golfers that could be playing the greens at En-Joie Golf Course in a Champions Tour in 2007.

But, during a news conference at the B.C. Open store at the Oakdale Mall, tournament organizers expressed mixed feelings.

"I'm disappointed that we're not going to be on the regular tour. I'm excited about the opportunity we got in front of us," said B.C. Open Tournament Director Mike Norman.

Broome County Community Charities (B.C.C.C.), which operates the BC Open tournament, received an invitation to join the Champions Tour, not the regular PGA Tour, for 2007.

It's still excited about a Champions B.C. Open in the future.

"We have this child if you will, that we've grown over the past 36 years and to have it end would have been pretty disturbing. To be offered the opportunity to stay on the PGA Tour by ways of the Champions Tour just allows us to keep this baby growing and nurturing," said Jerry Putnam of B.C.C.C.

Organizers are now waiting for possible dates, financial requirements and more details from the PGA.

They'll also look to find a title sponsor.

One of the B.C. Open founders, Alex Alexander, says the Champions Tour with players 50 and older will connect with older fans.

"I'll tell you what, this will be a knock-out. Those older people will be young again ‘cause they used to come and watch these people," said Alex Alexander of B.C.C.C.

Organizers need to decide if they are in or out with the 2007 Champions Tour before the PGA comes out with the 2007 schedule in March.

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