NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Due to the devastation in Great Abaco caused by Hurricane Dorian in September, organizers of the Great Abaco Classic have decided to move the 2020 event to the Baha Mar Resort.
BD Global, an international sports management company, announced today the Korn Ferry Tour tournament will be played January 16-22.
The Abaco classic features 132 professionals vying in the year-long series to earn their PGA tour card, and remains the second event of the new season, following the Great Exuma Classic, which will be played the week before.
“Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin and her team at the PGA tour were adamant about making the necessary investments to ensure this tournament happened,” Downing said.
“We are grateful for the tremendous support of both Mr Davis (Graeme) and Minister D’Aguilar (Dionisio).”
Last year, the tournament hosted nearly 500 visitors for a week, including golfers, caddies, tournament officials , broadcast production staff and fans.
“We look forward to welcoming the Great Abaco Classic to the Royal Blue Golf Club in January,” said Baha Mar president Graeme Davis.
“Everyone at Baha Mar is committed to the recovery and rebuild of the Abacos and we knew how important it as to keep this tournament in the beautiful nation of The Bahamas until its return to Great Abaco.”
Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said the Baha Mar resort is doing the Bahamas’ sports tourism industry a great favor by taking on the Great Abaco Classic.
“In ensuring that the Great Abaco Classic takes place, in spite of the devastation to its original venue, Abaco, our partners the PGA Tour and BD Global, have shown genuine commitment to The Bahamas and our people,” he said.
Along with hosting the Great Abaco Classic, BD Global is also donating $250,000 to Dorian relief efforts.