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First Big Cedar Legends of Golf Tournament Tees Off Friday

RIDGEDALE, Mo. -- This may be the very first Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf Tournament, but it will be the 37th Legends of Golf event.
RIDGEDALE, Mo. -- This may be the very first Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf Tournament, but it will be the 37th Legends of Golf event.

It started in 1978 and was played in Savannah for decades, but the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, which had sponsored this event, decided to head in a different direction.

The event needed a new sponsor, and that's when Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris stepped up and saved the tournament.

Morris moved it to Big Cedar and the rest is history. The Champions Tour pros say they are grateful.

“I'm excited we have it back on the schedule, there's no way since it's been conceived back in ’78,” says Kenny Pery, a Champions Tour pro. “All the players who have come through and played the event. It's always an event I look forward to watching on TV and being a part of it."

"It's really important; it's what started it all for us out here,” says Loren Roberts, Champions Tour pro. “You can't thank those guys enough. It's given all of us out here a second career. It's the bedrock of our tour it really is."


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