The SAS Championship extended its contact with the Champions Tour for another three years, through 2017, tournament director Jeff Kleiber announced Monday.
The tournament, set Oct. 10-12 at Prestonwood Country Club, also designated the YMCA of the Triangle as its host organization and charity. That announcement was made by Ann Goodnight, director of community relations for SAS, who praised the work of the Y Learning program.
The program helps more than 1,200 children in Wake, Durham, Johnston, Lee and Pamlico counties in homework assistance and other academic enrichment. Proceeds from the SAS Championship have benefitted the Y Learning program since 2010.
The SAS Championship, which will have a purse of $2.1 million, has commitments from nine members of the World Golf Hall of Fame including Bernard Langer, Nick Price and Nick Faldo. Among those entered with local ties are Raleigh native Scott Hoch and John Inman, who played at North Carolina and is a former Tar Heels golf coach.
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The field will have 26 of the players currently in the top 30 of the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Langer, the 2012 SAS champion, is the points leader and has five victories this year.
Faldo, a six-time major championship winner, made his first Champions Tour appearance in the U.S last year at the SAS Championship but was forced to withdraw in the opening round because of an elbow injury.
The event for golfers 50 and older has been played at Prestonwood since its inception in 2001. Past winners entered this year include Hale Irwin (2005), Kenny Perry (2011) and defending champion Russ Cochran, who also won in 2010.