November 4, 2003
Albany- The Albany Senior Invitational is considered one of the top non PGA Senior tournaments in the country.
However, the tournament has had problems finding a tour to associate with during its first five years.
Those problems may have been solved as the Albany Senior Invitational has joined the Cadillac Classic Series, which is a mini-tour for players 45 years of age and over.
Next year, the Albany Senior Invitational will become the Cadillac Albany Invitational and will be the season opening tournament for the Cadillac Classic Series Tour.
The Cadillac Classic Series was started in May of this year by Texas Sports Group Incorporated which has sponsored the Tightlies mini tour for the last decade. Like the Tight Lies mini-tour, which provides a training ground for those aspiring to make the PGA Tour, the Cadillac Classic Series hopes to provide the same training ground for those who want to join the PGA's Champions Tour.
Sheila Bowen, who has been tournament director for the first five Albany Senior Invitational's, believes this new partnership will make the Albany tournament even better.
Bowen said "They will take over all the operations of the tournament. They will deal with the golfers and all of the operations part which will free us up in the community to raise money for Darton College and the other non-profits that we like to support."
Former winners of the Albany Senior Invitational include current PGA Champions Tour members Allen Doyle and Bobby Walzel. The Cadillac Albany Invitational will be held April 22nd- 24th at the Stonebridge Country Club.
Sheila Bowen believes the field will be very strong for the Cadillac Albany Invitational since the tournament falls on an open week for the Champions Tour events in Pensacola and Birmingham.
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