TPC Snoqualmie Ridge makes drive for PGA Tour stop

SNOQUALMIE - A past promise to host a Professional Golfers' Association Tour event at the Tournament Players Course Snoqualmie Ridge could be fulfilled as early as next year, with the event occurring in 2004.

Ed Kiernan, vice president of business development with Portland, Ore.-based sporting event organizer Peter Jacobsen Productions, said discussions with potential sponsors for a PGA Tour stop in Snoqualmie have been held throughout the summer.

He said he has talked to 15 Fortune 500 companies from the Seattle area to cement sponsorships for three to four years.

"The response has been extremely positive," Kiernan said. "We are not there yet, but it looks good."

Those talks should be wrapped up by the end of the year, with a presentation to the PGA early next year.

The idea of TPC Snoqualmie Ridge hosting a PGA Tour event has existed since before its construction. But the possibility of one coming received renewed vigor after a tour stop in Vancouver, British Columbia, lost its sponsorship this year, freeing up a date for a tournament.

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