For Immediate Release September 5, 2005
Western Golf Alliance selects 2006 Open destination
Palm Springs chosen for world-class golf experience
BOTHELL, Washington. The Western Golf Alliance today announced the selection of Palm Springs as the host for the WGA Open in 2006. Palm Springs was selected over nominations from San Diego County and Central Oregon to host the semi-annual golf championship of the WGA.
"I'm excited about the golf opportunity presented to our club by the Palm Springs area," said Peter McGarry, WGA president. "This region of the country is synonymous with world class golf courses, which will present a wonderful golf experience to our members."
"We believe there are several venues that will create an amazing and competitive Open tournament," added Brian Gray, WGA competition committee chairman. "We will begin working in earnest with local courses to create a tournament that will challenge our players, while also creating a truly memorable golf excursion."
While the selection of courses was not announced with the selection of the location, the Western Golf Alliance is known for holding its Open on well known courses that are highly ranked by industry magazines. Early speculation is that the WGA will enter discussions with the La Quinta Resort to host at least two of the four tournament rounds at the Mountain Course and PGA West TPC Stadium course.
The WGA expects this announcement to also spur interest in membership, and is prepared for such inquiries. All members are eligible to enter the Western Golf Alliance Open and participate in regional qualifying.
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About the Western Golf Alliance: The Western Golf Alliance is the premier golf organization in the United States. The WGA exists to further the greatness of this grand sport of golf through the improvement of golf play by its members, the promotion of golf rules, etiquette, and tradition, and the ability to gather together from time to time for golf events and tournaments. The regional organization spans five western states, and is organized into nine geographic regions. Further information is available at http://www.westerngolf.org/.