SAS: Cary golf tournament boosts local economy

Posted September 19, 2011

— The PGA Champions Tour will arrive at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary later this month, bringing with it a national television audience, golf fans from across the country and an estimated $10 million, the tournament director said Monday.

The SAS Championship runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 this year and will raise money for local charities.  In the 10 years since the annual tournament began, SAS has donated more than $3 million to Triangle-area initiatives. This year's signature charity is the YMCA's after-school tutoring program, Y-Learning.

"On an annual basis, it's got to be one of the biggest events in the Triangle," said tournament director Jeff Kleiber. "It's where seven days of golf really has a 52-week impact through the Triangle Community Foundation."

SAS Championship SAS Championship brings golf revenue to Triangle

Kleiber said the tournament is not only good for the country club and for local charities, it also helps SAS develop and enhance relationships.

The Prestonwood community will also benefit from the tournament. Millions of dollars in renovations have pumped new life into the club's aging courses and residents hope that will stimulate the surrounding real estate market.

"I think resales are probably going to improve in this area because of the upgrades they've done on the golf course," said resident Rex Bost. "The way they've kept it up, it's a pristine environment."


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  • dmarion2 Sep 20, 2011

    Don't tell the Republicans in Congress about this. They'll probably want to design an economic recovery plan around just encouraging everyone to go out and play a round of golf! Maybe they'd even provide tax credits for it....

  • butchrobertson Sep 20, 2011

    I learned this from the US Open Directors in 1999 and 2005. There are people who will volunteer for events like this...get their shirt, caps, etc, and passes, then never show up for their shifts. The US Open was $150. That offset your ticket in case you decided to pull that trick. SAS is doing the same safeguard and I totally agree with their doing it.

  • Z Man Sep 20, 2011

    I read at the time the $40 offsets the cost of the shirt etc. But I'm with Southern Girl on this one. A volunteer donates their time at no charge (including no NEGATIVE charge). Are there other organizations that charge people to volunteer? Did I miss something somewhere in the last decade where this is now the normal thing to do?

  • waynehoran Sep 20, 2011

    This is a wonderfully run and fun time. My thanks to SAS and the great volunteers for making this enjoyable for fans and attracting a great field. This is a must event that I look forward to all summer.

  • common tater Sep 20, 2011

    If I were a fan of golf, paying $40 sounds reasonable. It's not a big sum to those who can afford golf, and it will weed out some of those just trying to get in free. Personally wouldn't do it if they paid me $40, but I'm not in that elite group. Let's face it...for most, golf is just a big social club used to advance one's career.

  • Southern Girl Sep 20, 2011

    Volunteering is just what that says - you give of your time to help out. There should be NO fee involved for volunteers. If they include a shirt and lunch, that is fine, but at no cost to the volunteer.

  • Wags Sep 20, 2011

    Z Man, that's to offset the cost of the shirt and lunch that they give you. I volunteered about ten years ago. It was a blast and you get to meet a bunch of celebs. Don't let the $40 stand in your way. it's a good time.

  • voip Sep 20, 2011

    SAS is a cool company to have in the area.

  • Z Man Sep 20, 2011

    I was going to volunteer to work the SAS Championship this year until I found out there is a $40 volunteer fee! How ridiculous is that? I likely won't even attend now and I usually go every year.