Avenel renovation slips into '06, at earliest

Golf

February 24, 2005|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

When the Booz Allen Classic returns to the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in 2006 after being played at nearby Congressional Country Club this year, it will go back to the same course it left last June - one still waiting renovation.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said renovation scheduled to start last fall at the Potomac course won't start, at the earliest, until after next year's event because of time required to obtain environmental building permits.

"Most likely after [2006], if we can keep this timeline, but it could be bounced until after [2007]," Finchem said yesterday in Carlsbad, Calif., where he is attending the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Finchem admitted that the tour was a bit "lax" in trying to decide the scope of the project but added:

"In hindsight, it's actually been a good thing, because we've had the opportunity to have more people look at the golf course, we've had more time to talk with the players ... and we've learned a lot from that process."

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