This is some good news that we didn’t want to ignore.
After two years in Pinehurst, the annual star-studded Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic event â€“ which supports the Cary-based V Foundation for Cancer Research â€“ is moving back to the Triangle. The Classic originally moved to Pinehurst Resort in 2007 due to a scheduling conflict.
The event will, however, have a new venue. The competition, which for 13 years was held at Caryâ€™s Prestonwood Golf Club, will move to the new Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State Universityâ€™s Centennial Campus. That course, designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Co., is set to open in March 2009.
â€œWe felt it was important to return The Classic to the Triangle where it started,â€ Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation, said in a written statement. â€œWe are excited to bring The Classic home to Raleigh’s revitalized downtown utilizing the new Raleigh Convention Center, Marriott City Center, and Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the Centennial Campus at N.C. State.â€
Founded in 1993, the V Foundation was named after former NCSU menâ€™s basketball coach Jim Valvano, who died shortly thereafter of cancer. The foundation has raised more than $80 million to fund cancer research, with its annual golf tournament raising just over $13 million of that.