Gaston & Catawba

Greater Hickory Classic golf tourney set

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 already had extended their agreement with the PGA Champions Tour through 2009, and said today 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 50 and older.

Golfers so far include 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 a Thursday evening memorial ceremony is planned.