Hooters Tour event on hiatus after loss of sponsor
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After two years as one of Victoria's marquee sporting events, the NGA Hooters Tour event held the last two summers isn't coming back for 2012.
The event lost its title sponsor, said the tour's vice president of operations, Ryan Waters. That meant it wasn't able to make a return trip to Victoria.
Waters, in comments via email, was complimentary of the staff at Victoria Country Club for what they did to help put on the event.
"Great event, great track and great people with Breene and Joe at the course, and Jim West," he said. "They treated the players and our tour to a big-time event there in Victoria, and the event will be missed."
The loss the tournament isn't final for future years. If another sponsor steps up, it could leave the door open for a return.
The tour produced two big memorable finishes and helped set records at Victoria Country Club. Former Tulsa golfer Ryan Henry won the inaugural event after shooting a 62 in the second round jump our to a big lead. That score remains as a course record. Jeff Corr won the 2011 event with four rounds under par, blowing away the competition.
Victoria still has two major tours coming through town. The Adams Tour's Victoria Open happened in March after moving up from August, becoming that tour's season opener and is the longest running on the tour.
The Texas Senior Open, put on the by the South Texas PGA, will return to Victoria in October after holding its first event.
The Victoria City Championship, which includes a round at all three of the city's golf courses, will be held at the end of May. Sign ups are currently open at each of the three courses in Victoria.