The Pro Golf Championship will not return to Falmouth Country Club

Followers watch golfers on the 18th gap throughout the remaining spherical of the Reside and Work Korn Ferry Tour on the Maine Open in 2021 at Falmouth Nation Membership. Brianna Sukop / Workers Photographer

The Reside and Work in Maine Open, knowledgeable golf match held the previous two summers at Falmouth Nation Membership, is nearing its conclusion after simply two years.

Preston Edwards, a spokesperson for the Korn Ferry Tour, confirmed on Wednesday that the occasion has been canceled from the Tour’s 2023 season. The Tour is the senior developmental circuit for the PGA Tour.

The Korn Ferry Tour has a five-year settlement with Portland-based Shamrock Sports activities and Leisure to run the match by 2025. Brian Corcoran, founder and CEO of Shamrock Sports activities, stated a portfolio surge was the rationale for the occasion’s cancellation from the schedule. The Corcoran Company, together with the Korn Ferry Tour, was answerable for offering the prize cash, collected primarily by ticket gross sales and sponsorship.

“This is because of adjustments within the monetary construction {of professional} golf,” he stated. “Our contractual dedication was primarily based on an annual prize portfolio of $600,000. … With a minimal prize pool of $1 million per cycle beginning in 2023, it makes it very tough for markets like Maine, and smaller markets, to essentially survive.”

The Reside and Work in Maine Open, which had $750,000 in 2022, has donated almost $250,000 to Barbara Bush Kids’s Hospital over the previous two years. The occasion will be a part of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open and Lake Charles Championships, additionally in Louisiana, among the many tournaments faraway from the Korn Ferry Tour schedule.

Corcoran stated the PGA Tour has an annual termination clause within the contract. The match attracted 10,311 followers over 4 days in June, up from about 6,350 a yr earlier. He stated the occasion contributed $10 million to the estimated financial impression of southern Maine.

Corcoran stated of the information that the match is not going to proceed. “We have been operating a autopsy recap a couple of month later, and we have been nonetheless frankly on cloud 9 of what we thought was a best-in-class expertise.”

Jason Harris, proprietor of Falmouth Nation Membership, didn’t reply to a request for an interview relating to this story. Makes an attempt to succeed in the Korn Ferry Tour’s high officers have been unsuccessful.

Reside and Work in Maine Open noticed skilled golf return to Maine for the primary time since 1993, debuting in 2021 with a $600,000 purse. Chad Ramey received the occasion and $108,000 in 2021, and Percyson Cody took first place and received $135,000 this summer season.

Camden Hills graduate Cole Anderson, and Florida junior Cole Anderson, who struggled to win and completed in a third-place attract June, stated he was unhappy to listen to the information.

“It’s disappointing. “I feel it was a implausible occasion not only for us as gamers, however only for the neighborhood and for Maine as an entire,” Anderson stated. “The primary response shall be a little bit of disappointment and possibly a contact of frustration, however on the finish of the day there’s the opposite aspect of it. The PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour run a enterprise, and so they must act in the best way that most closely fits their wants.

“I can see each side of the coin, however clearly an enormous disappointment to see that it will not come again.”

Maine Golf CEO Brian Pickford was pissed off by the information.

“Phrase on the road has been a dedication over a variety of years,” he stated. “Whenever you hear an acronym, you’re at all times dissatisfied.”

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