Georgia ends run as host of Web.com's Stadion Classic
The University of Georgia announced on Tuesday that it was ending its run as host of the Web.com Tour’s Stadion Classic at UGA, citing the lack of sponsorships to cover the rising costs for the event. The relationship lasted four years.
The last three winners were either former or current Georgia golfers: Russell Henley won as an amateur in 2011, Hudson Swafford won in 2012 and Brendon Todd won in May.
Georgia director of golf and men’s team coach Chris Haack said the tournament was something he told recruits about as the team's top two players earned a sponsor’s exemption to play each year.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt in the case of Russell, Hudson and even Brendon that their wins here were career-changing events,” Haack said. “It’s disappointing it’s going away, but I’m still hopeful that maybe somebody will step in and pick up the event as a sponsor. If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, it certainly was a great run while we had it and it did a lot for our program.”
The Web.com Tour has not found a replacement host yet, but it is interested in keeping the tour in the area.
“The Web.com Tour regrets that UGA will no longer be able to operate our event, but we are hopeful that we can identify another host and continue bringing PGA Tour-caliber golf to the Athens area,” Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee said in the release. “Our relationship with the university has been excellent.”
Information from Online Athens was used in this report