ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- The DICK's Sporting Goods Open will return next summer with an earlier date than usual. The 2021 DICK's Open will run from June 28 to July 4.
The event will be played as part of the Champions Tour's combined 2021-21 schedule. The purse is $2,050,000.
"Now we have something to work for," said tournament director John Karedes. "It isn't that we're out actively selling for the 2021 event right now but at least people can put it on their calendar, they can plan accordingly, and we can too."
The 2021 event will mark 50 years of professional golf in Broome County.
"We're going to have a lot of "do you remember footage," and some great memories," said Karedes. "I believe our community is going to enjoy a lot of the things they see."
Since this year's tournament was canceled, Karedes said the attention shifted to making 2021 a better and safer tournament.
"Whether it's digital ticketing going forward, or utilizing some sort of cashless system. Those are the sort of things that now we had the time to really investigate and put into play for our future," he said.
Karedes said everything depends on what New York state allows next June, but they intend to have a full slate of events.
"UHS Health expo, fireworks, 5K run, all of those items still will accompany the tournament week," said Karedes.
Karedes said the field of players will make the 2021 tournament to the next level.
"We're going to end up with great rookies because we've got two years of a rookie class. Our area is going to see Mike Weir, Ernie Els, Phil Michelson hopefully," he said.
He also said he's heard from the majority of the annual field, and expects early commitments.
"The guys want to help out. They want to show the community they're coming back and coming back stronger than ever," he said.
Karedes said the DICK's Open will wait until after January 1 for hard sponsorship selling, and a lot of planning will depend on if the state allowing crowds and fans at other events.