April 20, 2004
Albany - Pro golf is returning to Albany and the Stonebridge Country Club for the second time in a month with the Albany Senior Invitational.
The tournament will start on Thursday and this year it has a new series sponsor.
The Albany Senior is now the first tournament on the Cadillac Classic Series tour schedule.
The Cadillac Classic Series, for players 45 years and older, was started last year by by the tightlies mini-tour which is similar to the Hooters Tour.
The Albany Senior Invitational is already one of the most popular stops on the senior mini-tours and that popularity is expected to increase with the tournament's partnership with the Cadillac Classic Series.
Tournament director John Altman said "It is a tournament that has been here awhile and it has got alot of history. Guys like to come and play it. So, it is even a boost for us because we get to come in and we get to help manage such a great tournament and such a great golf course for the week and it is fun for the community to come out and see these players because they are very good."
The 132 player field includes former PGA tour winners Tim Simpson, Kenny Knox and Rex Caldwell.
Allen Doyle, who won the first Albany Senior Invitational, was interested in playing in this year's tournament but could not get an exemption from the PGA tour.
The Pro-Am is Wednesday and the 54 hole tournament runs Thursday through Saturday at the Stonebridge Country Club.
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