BOULDER, Colo. -- This year's John Elway Celebrity Classic
golf tournament has been canceled for lack of a sponsor after a
five-year run that included stars such as Michael Jordan and
Tournament director Dennis Engel said Thursday that Sun
Microsystems, the title sponsor since the event debuted in
Broomfield in 2000, did not renew its deal. The Classic had been
tentatively scheduled for July 7-10 at the Omni Interlocken Golf Club.
"We need to have a title sponsor to have the tournament," said
Kathy Hatch, Elway's executive assistant.
The Elway Classic had a purse of $275,000 last year. Asked if
the event will be held again, Engel said: "You never want to say
never, but at the same time I don't want to give false hope either."
The tournament became part of the Celebrity Players Tour in
2000. It has mostly benefited organizations that deal with
prevention and treatment of child abuse. Engel said $7 million has
been raised by Elway tournaments since 1987, including about $3.2 million over the five years of the Elway Celebrity Classic.
There are 13 active tournaments on the celebrity golf tour.