Missing Area’s PGA?Tournament

To the Readers’ Forum:

Chautauqua County was home to the Peek’n Peak Classic professional golf tournament from 2002-2007 (when the then-owner of the Peak canceled the contract with the PGA tour). Since all four days of the golf tournament were on The Golf Channel, the whole country got to see a great golf course and resort right here in Chautauqua County.

I miss that PGA-affiliated tournament and the publicity it brought to our county.

It was a thrill in 2004 to watch Bubba Watson and Kevin Stadler have a playoff for the championship. Just eight years later, Bubba Watson won the Masters and earned $4,5600,000 on the tour in 2012.

Some other famous alumni of the Peek’n Peak Classic include: Zach Johnson, who won the 2007 Masters; Jason Dufner, who won two PGA tournaments in 2012; Bill Haas, who won the 2011 Fed Ex Cup; and Brandt Snedekar.

Perhaps private sector and public sector leaders will some day bring the PGA tour and national television exposure back to Chautauqua County. We can always hope.

Frederick A. Larson