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Extra event announced for Senior PGA Tour

Senior Tour officials announced Thursday the addition of the SAS Championship to the 2001 Senior Tour schedule. The 54- hole stroke-play event will be held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina, September 21-23.

"SAS is thrilled to bring the Senior PGA Tour to North Carolina's Research Triangle area," said Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder and chief executive officer of Cary-based SAS, the world's largest privately held software company. "The SAS Championship will generate thousands of dollars for both our local economy, as well as charity, while providing fans with exciting, professional golf action."

The 2001 tournament will feature a purse of $1.6 million. SAS committed to serve as title sponsor through 2003, and Prestonwood, the site of the Tour's Carolina Classic from 1994-97, will host the event for each of the next three years.

"The players welcome SAS and the SAS Championship to the 2001 schedule," said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. "SAS will realize significant promotional and client benefits as a result of their partnership with the Senior Tour. The Triangle is a wonderful area of the country and has a strong affinity for golf."

The 2004 SAS Championship is slated to move to the TPC at Wakefield Plantation, a Hale Irwin-design in Raleigh that hosted this year's Carolina Classic.

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