Gaston & Catawba

Great Hickory Classic golf tournament set

CONOVER Catawba County will keep its pro golf tournament for at least another year.

Tournament officials announced plans Tuesday for this year's competition, which takes place Sept. 8-14.

They had already extended their agreement with the PGA Champions Tour through 2009, and said Tuesday that they also have an option to participate in 2010.

The Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn tournament is in its sixth year at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA Tour for golfers ages 50 and older.

Golfers committed to the tournament so far include three former Greater Hickory Classic winners: Jay Haas, R.W. Eaks and Andy Bean.

The tournament falls on the Sept. 11 anniversary for the second year in a row. Jim Correll, the event's executive director, said that a Thursday evening memorial ceremony is planned.

Ticket Information

To order tournament tickets, call 1-866-762-5227 or visit or the tournament office at Rock Barn Golf & Spa off Rock Barn Road in Conover.