Cardinal Amateur gets a second chance at life
By Andy Zunz

The Cardinal Amateur will be a part of the amateur golf circuit this summer under the same name and for the same cause, despite a recent change in leadership.

The 37-year-old event will be played July 17-19 at Sedgefield Country Club's Pete Dye Course in Greensboro, N.C.

The future of the Cardinal Amateur was in doubt after the tournament committee announced that it failed to reach a financial agreement with McConnell Golf regarding operating costs for the course. McConnell Golf took control of the event shortly afterward and announced Saturday that it will run the tournament in 2015 with assistance from former Cardinal Amateur committee members.

The tournament will continue to support the Thomas and Bettie O'Briant Scholarship Fund, which was established in 1983. The need-based scholarship supports students from the Guilford County area in North Carolina and has awarded more than $125,000 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 them, 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. Patrick Reed, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Stewart Cink are among the former participants who have enjoyed success on the PGA Tour.

The event hosts a 78-man field, half of which play at the collegiate level and half of which play at the mid-amateur level.

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