Accenture future in Southern Arizona unknownPosted: Updated:
MARANA, Ariz. -- The annual Accenture Match Play championship in Marana doesn't officially start until Wednesday, but golfers and their fans have already hit the course.
The tournament's in its fifth year in Southern Arizona, but its contract is up, which means it might not be back next February.
Sixty-four golfers from across the globe are competing in this year's Accenture Match Play championship in Marana.
But come next February the golfers and the 60,000 to 80,000 fans they attract might not be back.
The tournament's contract is in its final year and the PGA hasn't yet decided whether it will re-sign for 2012 and beyond.
"It's not ideal, but again I can tell you decisions haven't been reached at this point," said Accenture Match Play Executive Director Wade Dunagan.
"The PGA tour is a business, what they're going to do is they're going to look and see where they can get the best possible deal," said Rodney Campbell from the Town of Marana.
If the PGA decides to host the tournament somewhere else, the town of Marana and the Tucson area stand to lose one of their biggest tourism draws.
Tournament organizers say the final decision will depend on a lot of factors, like weather, course conditions and attendance.
But the question remains, if the Match Play not here, where will it go?
"It's February and its 70 degrees right now. I mean, you can't shake a stick at this," said Green Valley resident Jennifer Coleman.
For now, no possible alternatives have been named. In the meantime, the Town of Marana is doing everything it can to make sure this year is a success.
If not, Southern Arizona will once again miss out major league entertainment, and the tourists that come with it.
The Executive Director of the tournament, Wade Dunagan, says a contract decision will most likely be made in the coming weeks.