Insurer’s Sponsorship May Help Renoe-Tahoe Keep PGA Tour

March 27, 2006

The Reno-based Employers Insurance Group is providing a sponsorship that the Reno-Tahoe Open organizers secure the tournament’s spot on the PGA Tour for several more years.

Employers Insurance Group will provide from $250,000 to $500,000 for the 2006 tournament while the search continues for a title sponsor willing to put up about $1.5 million. The Reno-Tahoe Open, first played in 1999, is not listed on the PGA Tour schedule beyond the event set for Aug. 24-27.

“We’re going to be on the schedule next year,” tournament director Jim Kline said during a news conference at the Montreux Golf and Country Club. “I the near future — and I mean real near future — we’ll get offered a contract for the next six years.”

The tournament’s future has been uncertain since the PGA Tour announced plans to change it’s schedule beginning in 2007 to include a fall series of events following three tournaments that will make up the FedEx Cup Championship Series.

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