KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Knoxville News Sentinel has entered into a partnership with Pilot to present the News Sentinel Open, one of the Nationwide Tour’s four original events that is still on the schedule, it was announced today at a news conference at the newspaper’s headquarters.
The official name of the 2011 tournament will be the "News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot." Tournament officials also confirmed that the tournament will be played the week of Aug. 22-28, 2011, at Fox Den Country Club in Farragut.
Tournament director Patrick Nichol also confirmed Monday afternoon that John Daly will play in the tournament.
“The News Sentinel is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR again to bring this first-class professional golf tournament to Knoxville,” said Patrick Birmingham, president and publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel. “We’re also thrilled that this year we’ve partnered with presenting sponsor Pilot. Pilot’s generosity helps us ensure the continued success of the tournament as well as the significant financial impact the tournament generates for local charities. This year’s ticket proceeds again will be donated to local nonprofit organizations, so I encourage you to bring your family to enjoy an outstanding event played at the beautiful and challenging Fox Den Country Club and help a good cause.”
Last year the proceeds from every ticket sold to the public were donated directly to local nonprofit organizations. The News Sentinel Open generated more than $56,000 in 2010, which benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund, The First Tee, University of Tennessee Partners in Sports and Sports Management Scholarship in honor of Buck Jones, Shriners Kerbela Temple, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, UT Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House of Knoxville, Concord United Methodist Men and the Tennessee Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.