published Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Chattanooga Classic eyes comeback

Mickey McCamish, the tournament director, stands in front of the logo for the newly renamed Children's Hospital Classic on Tuesday at the Black Creek Club in Chattanooga. In conjunction with Executive Director of Friends of the Festival Chip Baker, McCamish announced that the Chattanooga Classic is now the Children's Hospital Classic and serve as a fundraising event for Children's Hospital at Erlanger.
Mickey McCamish, the tournament director, stands in front of the logo for the newly renamed Children's Hospital Classic on Tuesday at the Black Creek Club in Chattanooga. In conjunction with Executive Director of Friends of the Festival Chip Baker, McCamish announced that the Chattanooga Classic is now the Children's Hospital Classic and serve as a fundraising event for Children's Hospital at Erlanger.
Photo by Jenna Walker.

Chattanooga Classic tournament director Mickey McCamish said the PGA Tour's decision to partner with Web.com to become the umbrella sponsor of what's been known as the Nationwide Tour opens new potential title sponsors for the Chattanooga Classic.

"We are now able to talk with insurance companies such as Unum and BlueCross BlueShield, and that was one of the things that first struck me," McCamish said. "It opens doors to companies that we couldn't approach."

The Classic is not being held this year due to reconstruction at Black Creek Club and reorganization of Erlanger Medical Center, which was the sponsor last fall of the Children's Hospital Chattanooga Classic.

"We're still looking for a major sponsor, and we would love to do it again," said Chip Baker, executive director of Friends of the Festival, which operated the tournament. "There's a lot of blood, sweat and tears in the Classic."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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