By Andy Zunz
The Cardinal Amateur will be a part of the
golf circuit this summer under the same name
for the same cause, despite a recent change in
The 37-year-old event will be played July
at Sedgefield Country Club's Pete Dye Course in
The future of the Cardinal Amateur was in
after the tournament committee announced that
failed to reach a financial agreement with
Golf regarding operating costs for the course.
McConnell Golf took control of the event shortly
afterward and announced Saturday that it will
the tournament in 2015 with assistance from
Cardinal Amateur committee members.
The tournament will continue to support the
Thomas and Bettie O'Briant Scholarship Fund,
was established in 1983. The need-based
supports students from the Guilford County area
North Carolina and has awarded more than
to students in its history.
“Our goal is to continue to support the
O’Briant Scholarship Foundation and raise the
level of the tournament,” said Brian Kittler,
McConnell’s director of golf, in a release.
“Both McConnell Golf and The Cardinal Am
have strong brands. We are happy to combine
which we believe should help better market the
event in the Southeast.”
Through 2014, former Cardinal Amateur
participants have earned more than $532 million
professionally, according to McConnell Golf.
Reed, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Stewart
are among the former participants who have
success on the PGA Tour.
The event hosts a 78-man field, half of
play at the collegiate level and half of which play
the mid-amateur level.