ENDICOTT (WBNG) - Monday was the first day golfers on the PGA Champions Tour could hit the course at En-Joie and start preparing for the 2017 DICK'S Sporting Goods Open. Rochester native Jeff Sluman knows the golf course at En-Joie well. He won the 2001 B.C. Open, one of his six PGA Tour victories, and now on the Champions Tour, Sluman continues to play the DICK'S Open every year. Sluman says the PGA Champions Tour loves coming back to Endicott because of how the town and the entire Southern Tier supports the tournament.
"Just the community, the feel of it. It's kind of like, if you are going to make an analogy, kind of like how you think of Green Bay and the NFL right now. Smaller community, when Green Bay has a home game, I would imagine the city kinda shuts down, and that's very similar to the feel that we have when we go to DICK'S Sporting Goods (Open) now. All the players on the Champions Tour have such fond memories of that."
Sluman attempts to win his tournament on the Champions Tour since 2014 at the 2017 DICK'S Open. First round tees off Friday.