ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — The annual Rockford Pro Am golf tournament announced Wednesday a Rockford Country Club that it would be coming to an end after a “truly remarkable” 43-year run.
Board President Scott Nicholas said a loss of sponsorships and unseen financial pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the decision.
The Pro Am went on hiatus starting in 2020, due to the pandemic and a downturn in charitable contributions.
Over the years, numerous PGA and LPGA players have taken part in the tournament.
Notable names include Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, Chi-Chi Rodriguez, John Daly, Donna Caponi, Laura Davies, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Nancy Lopez, and Juli Inkster.
The Rockford Pro Am was the longest-running individual pro am in the United States and drew numerous golf professionals from the PGA and LPGA, as well as amateur golf enthusiasts.
The Pro Am was started in 1977 to raise funds for Rockford hospitals and was initially held at the Rockford Country Club.