GOOD RIDDANCE: CITY SAVES 2.7 Million
Tiger Woods never liked to play here anyway.
by Howard Melamed
|11/06/2001The City of Coral Springs announce last night that the Honda Classic will be having their last tournament in March 2002. The Tournament Players Association match will be moved to West Palm Beach for 2003. As a result of the cancellation, the City will be saving more than $2.7 million dollars over the next 20 years.
According to Mike Levenson, City Manager, the Honda Classic was brought in to place Coral Springs on the map and to kick start the Radisson resort hotel at Herron Bay. 4 years later, the city is almost built out and doesn’t require a higher profile event to ‘sell’ the city.
The Honda Classic was not the premier event in Golf as it was supposed to be. It rarely attracted the top tier players who in the past passed over on the opportunity to play the Heron Bay Golf Course. Tiger Woods never liked to play here.
The first Coral Springs Honda Classic event was played in 1996 at the Eagle trace Country Club. It was moved to Heron Bay Golf Course the following year.
Not one of the city commissioners were upset with the decision. From their point of view (and mine too) : Good Riddance!’