Georgia goes Nationwide

  Athens – Interesting, UGA getting into the pro golf business.

  Georgia’s agreement to host and operate a Nationwide Tour event for the next three years will preserve an Athens stop on the tour, showcase the UGA Golf Course and, if all goes well, produce profits that will be used for need-based scholarships for UGA students.

   “This is another illustration of the university’s continuing involvement and commitment to the Athens-Clarke County community,” UGA President Michael Adams said at a Wednesday news conference at the golf course.  “We think not only will this be a great sporting event, but a great economic development event for this region.

   “The Athens community will continue to have the visibility that the tour provides. I’m excited also about the exposure that I think the university will receive in the process. . . . We intend this to be a very strong town-gown partnership.”

   Adams said that, other than startup costs, the tournament will not require university funding.

   “This is designed to be a self-supporting event with no university funds ultimately directed to it other than some on the front end to get it off the ground,” Adams said.  “Any proceeds from the tournament will go to need-based scholarships that will be deposited, funded and administered through the Arch Foundation.”

   The Nationwide Tour —  owned and operated by the PGA Tour — has had an Athens event (at Jennings Mill Country Club)  since 2006, but apparently would not have had one next year if the  “Athens Classic at UGA” hadn’t materialized. The event will be run by the university’s Auxiliary Services Department.  UGA will join Ohio State as colleges currently hosting Nationwide events.

   UGA expects to raise a good chunk of the money needed to fund the tournament through pro-ams preceding the event. Sponsorships also will be sold, including, perhaps, a naming-rights deal when the economy improves.

   Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee estimates the tournament will have an approximately $5 million annual economic impact on the Athens area. He also predicts the UGA Golf Course will come up a big winner: “I know our players are going to come here and come to me and say, ‘Bill, why haven’t we been playing here all along?’”


    A couple of other things:

    – Looks like an SEC basketball tournament will be played in metro Atlanta three of the next four years.  The SEC women’s tournament will be played at the Gwinnett Arena in 2010 and the men’s tournament at the Georgia Dome in 2011, and the conference is in exclusive negotiations with the Dome to play the men’s tournament there in 2013, too.

    Billy Payne – a former Georgia football star, CEO of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and now chairman of Augusta National Golf Club – will be presented the National Football Foundation’s Distinguished American Award.  The award recognizes people who have “applied the character-building attributes  learned from amateur football in their business and personal life.”  Previous winners include Vince Lombardi, Bob Hope and Pete Rozelle. Payne will receive the award at a Dec. 8 banquet in New York.   He lettered three years for Georgia (1966-68) at receiver and defensive end. And Georgia noted in a news release about the National Football Foundation (NFF) award  that Payne’s Bulldogs career included intercepting a pass thrown by Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning, now NFF chairman.




22 comments Add your comment

dUmB DAwg

June 4th, 2009
7:26 am

iM GlAd To hEAr uGA iS gOIng wITh nATiONWidE InSUrANcE. ThEY aRe oN yOUr sidE….

dUmB DAwg

June 4th, 2009
7:31 am

iM sO gLAd tO hEAr cOaCh rAY gOLf iS gOinG pRo tOO!


June 4th, 2009
8:48 am

Do you nerds have to comment on everything going on at UGA? Is there nothing going on at Ga Yech that interests you $#!+heads?

Y’all are so envious of UGA, you should change your colors to green and white.

I understand that you can receive therapy for an inferiority complex…even severe cases.

Saint Simons

June 4th, 2009
9:02 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Saint Simons.

June 4th, 2009
9:09 am

I just crapped in my pants again…


June 4th, 2009
9:10 am

Nerds simply have nothing else to cheer for on that ghetto, poe dunk campus of their’s. They know there is nothing to excite them, and they have nothing to root for, so simply, they come to read about how the UGA continues to imporve, and excell in the athletics dept.
It must really suck now that school is out, and you have to go back to mommy’s basement, and read about how the Dawgs continue to improve, and the bumble bees continue to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to improve! Way to go nerds! But really, what did you expect? You go to a school full of nerds, so your sports expectations shouldn’t be all that high!
But, I must say, you have one hell of a math club!

Red Clay Hound

June 4th, 2009
9:11 am

That’s original! Atleast for today anyway.

LSU Baseball SEC Champions

June 4th, 2009
9:43 am

Okay as a fan of another school I think this is great for UGA. This will bring great exposure to your golf program that has been pretty good the last few years. Congrats.

The Real Deal

June 4th, 2009
10:35 am

Saint Simons…by the tone of your immature posts everyday …you have got to be a latent homosexual…its also very apparent that you have a huge inferiority complex about Georgia…..get ready because the dawgs are going to beat your bugs down this year in your little stadium that will be full of Dawg fans…that will make eight wins out of the last nine games played..hahahahahaha!

Saint Simons

June 4th, 2009
11:15 am

dream on dude!!!!!!!!!45-42!!!!!!! hahahahahahaahhaahahhaahhahaha


June 4th, 2009
11:31 am

Saint Simons…enjoy that win while you can this year. Because when a lesser talented Dawg squad holds that potent offense to 13 points, and beats your team by 10-14 points on your home field, you’re going to shut the hell up right? Even Vince Dooley would lose to Tech every once in a while. Just because a stopped clock is right twice a day, doesn’t mean it works.

forrest gump Dawg

June 4th, 2009
11:35 am

Hey dumb dawg…… You stupid dawg its Ray Goof not Golf!


June 4th, 2009
11:40 am

Does a text alert travel around the dorms of ga tech every time a new article on UGA comes out?

Saint Simons

June 4th, 2009
11:58 am

Somebody please help me.

I went to Georgia Tech and have my head stuck up my arse.

It smells good!

Rebel Ace

June 4th, 2009
12:01 pm

Billy Payne intercepted Archie once? Well, he must not have been on the field between the fabled hedges circa 1970 when Archie and the Ole Miss Rebels trailed Georgia 21-14 starting the quarter and won 31-21!

Tech Fan Here

June 4th, 2009
12:07 pm

If you guys haven’t figured it out by now …”Saint Simons” is a Dawg fan posing as a Tech fan. He’s getting a rise out of you all and making Tech fans bad. As far as the other tech fans coming on here and talking trash I say… IT WAS ONE FREAKING GAME…CALM DOWN! Let’s start talking trash IF AND WHEN we put a streak together. Until then…quit with the 45-42. We won by 3 points. Granted that gives us bragging rights for the year but it doesn’t give us rights to be douchebags. Same goes to to all the Dawg fans that bring their nonsense to the Tech blog daily. Every day it’s a pissing match of “my dad can beat up your dad” antics. It’s played out and it’s getting really old. These blogs use to be about recruiting and insights from fans. Now it’s just everyone’s opinion about why their team is better. Of course you think they’re better….IT’S YOUR FAVORITE TEAM! Tech fans that come in here acting out make us look bad…we’re not all that annoying… I promise.

Good luck this year and here’s to hoping we have another great game in November.


June 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

I agree Tech Fan….

Tons of douchebags on both blogs….wish i could meet one in person…internet tough guys aren’t so tough in the real world


June 4th, 2009
12:14 pm

That big screen in the tate center is a great addition to the saturday experience, BTW. My wife discovered that luxury last year and loved it. Said to not even worry about her ticket in the stadium for the early games anymore. And this sounds like a new, more bigger, more better version even.


June 4th, 2009
12:34 pm

Tech fan, if it were even “why my team is better”, wouldn’t that be refreshing? At least that’s fair game. Far too often it’s just somebody trying to pat themselves on the back personally, for the accomplishement of a team they happen to follow. And disparage somebody who follows a different one.

Bryan G.

June 4th, 2009
2:18 pm

I’m glad to see that Saint Simons got away from his virgin existence and Halo tournament in time to make the UGA blog! Good for you, big guy.


June 5th, 2009
8:45 am

I can’t believe it, there is actually a Tech fan on St. Simons!!!! I live here and I have never seen one. This island is 99.9% UGA and 95% REPUBLICAN! I used to think it was harder to find a Tech fan here than to find a pretty girl at Tech but I guess miracles happen!!!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

June 5th, 2009
9:46 am