Stadion Classic ends after four years
UGA will no longer host the Stadion Classic Golf Tournament, a Web.com Tour event. Without a major increase in funding, it has become difficult for the university to sustain the PGA TOUR-sanctioned event at the level required to continue. Planners estimate that it would cost an additional $350,000 to secure TV coverage to bring greater recognition and exposure to the event and the university, a goal UGA set when signing on as tournament host.
The Stadion Classic at UGA was the only PGA TOUR-sanctioned event hosted and operated by an institution of higher education. Net proceeds from the event added approximately $70,000 to the university’s need-based scholarship programs. Local charities received a total of $383,835 through TICKETS Fore CHARITY, a program that benefits nonprofit organizations in communities where PGA TOUR and Champions Tour tournaments are held.
Three UGA alumni have won the event, the most recent Brendon Todd (BBA ’07), a former UGA golf star. Previous UGA golfers to win the tournament were Hudson Swafford (BSFCS ’11) in 2012 and Russell Henley (BSFCS ’11) in 2011, who won as an amateur while on the UGA golf team.