With Outback Steakhouse out as its title sponsor, the 2012 Champions Tour event at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz will be called the Tampa Bay Classic hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Attempts to find a title sponsor for 2012 were unsuccessful.
"We are playing golf in April, thank goodness,'' tournament director Amy Hawk said.
The April 13-15 tournament is being funded by not only the Lightning, but other minor sponsors including Outback Steakhouse and the PGA Tour. It will retain its pro-am format, which features celebrities and sports stars paired with amateurs and a professional.
This is the 25th anniversary of a Champions Tour event in Tampa Bay.
"We're still actively pursuing a title sponsor (for 2013),'' Hawk said. "We have some pretty promising leads right now.''
Rodney Page, Times staff writer