PGA champions event in Washington canceled

On June 11th, the City of Snoqualmie revealed the 2020 Boeing Classic – the longstanding PGA TOUR Champions event held at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge (benefitting Virginia Mason programs and services) – will not happen this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tour stated the cancellation was “out of an abundance of caution for public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Originally organized for the week of Aug. 17th-23rd. organizers of the event will instead focus on a successful return to the Champions Tour calendar in 2021. According to the news release, “The decision was made jointly with state and local health officials, as well as the PGA TOUR.”

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“While we are deeply disappointed to cancel the 16th annual Boeing Classic, this is the right thing to do given the uncertainty for large public gatherings in our state and the need to protect our players, fans, sponsors and volunteers,” said Boeing Classic Tournament Director Brian Flajole.

Since 2005, the tournament has raised nearly $10 million for local charities, including its main beneficiary, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

The weeklong event features the Seattle Seahawks Rumble on the Ridge golf tournament, as well as a variety of activities culminating in the PGA TOUR Champions event where legends of the game compete for a $2.1 million purse.

“The Boeing Classic is a community tradition in the Puget Sound region and a charitable event showcasing some of the greatest senior golfers in the world,” Flajole said. “The health and wellbeing of fans, players, staff and volunteers is of utmost importance to The Boeing Classic and all our partners. We are looking forward to the return of the Boeing Classic in August of 2021.”

This year was set to be the 16th playing of the only professional golf event held annually in the state.

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