Turning Stone Taken Off PGA Tour Schedule
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Bill Lunde, winner of the '10 Turning Stone Championship, accepts the trophy from Oneida Nation rep Ray Halbritter

Goodbye, Turning Stone Resort Championship. I know, I know, try not to get too disappointed.

The PGA Tour and the Resort announced on Friday that the event played at Atunyote Golf Club for the past four years will not return on the 2011 Tour schedule. Turning Stone wanted an “unencumbered date” during the regular season (translation: not in the Fall Series as it was the first three years and not opposite a World Golf Championship event as it was in ’10), but “a mutually agreeable date did not become available.”

“We enjoyed hosting a PGA TOUR event the past four years and have great respect for the organization and professional players we welcomed here,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises. “We had hoped to secure an unshared date on the PGA TOUR schedule that would highlight the peak golf season in central New York State, but unfortunately it did not work out.”

Turning Stone would like to host more significant professional golf events in the future. “We will be looking aggressively for sanctioned or independent events with stellar participants that can continue to bring acclaim to Turning Stone, as the NB3 Foundation Challenge does,” Halbritter said.

What about an LPGA event?