LIV Golf League tour coming to Broken Arrow in 2023
By John Dobberstein, Editor
LIV Golf officially announced Wednesday that its tour will be making a stop in Broken Arrow in May, with the promise to draw some big-name players to the championship course at Cedar Ridge Country Club.
The official dates are May 12-14. LIV said local crowds will welcome Oklahoman Talor Gooch, fellow former Oklahoma State University stars Eugenio Chacarra, Charles Howell III, Peter Uihlein and Matthew Wolff, and former University of Oklahoma star Abraham Ancer.
In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt voiced his support for the news. “Oklahoma’s golf courses are among the best in the world and we welcome the surge in economic activity hosting this tournament will bring to the Tulsa region and the state.”
Also announced today was events at The Gallery Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. (March 17-19), and The Greenbrier in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia (Aug. 4-6).
“LIV Golf’s expansion to new U.S. markets adds to the growing excitement for the league launch in 2023,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman in a statement Wednesday. “More fans across the country and around the globe will experience the LIV Golf energy and innovative competition that has reinvigorated the sport, and these championship courses will contribute to the transformative season ahead for players, fans and the game of golf.”
Grounds passes for the Tucson, Broken Arrow and Greenbrier events are available at LIVGolf.com, including special Early Birdie pricing for single-day passes and three-day passes, as well as opportunities to place a deposit for hospitality packages. Fans are encouraged to secure tickets now for LIV Golf’s festival-style three-day tournaments that feature shotgun starts, individual and team competitions, live music and fan activities for all ages.
Final rosters for the LIV Golf League will be announced in 2023, when 12 established team franchises will compete in a global 14-event schedule for an unprecedented $405 million in prize purses.
The club has hosted many state championships and national qualifying tournaments, and its most notable event was the 1983 U.S. Women’s Open won by Jan Stephenson. CRCC was created by a group of local businessmen in the late 1960s who engaged architect Joe Finger to fashion a 200-acre dairy farm into one of the state’s best courses.
Oklahoma native Tripp Davis was hired in 2016 to carry out a course renovation, three holes at a time, which involved a program of tree removal and rebuilding bunkers using the Better Billy Bunker system, reducing the number of sand hazards in the process by almost a third. The redesign features a more modern course layout that challenges the game’s elite professionals from the tips.
For tickets and more information: LIVGolf.com/events/Tulsa.