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Huntsville's Korn Ferry Tour Tournament Not Returning to Korn Ferry Tour Schedule

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – After several months of review, Huntsville’s Korn Ferry Tour stop will not
return to the 2024 schedule.
“Knight Eady took great pride in our work on this tournament, its community impact, and our
corporate partnerships,” said Michael Eady, president of Knight Eady. “The PGA TOUR faced
many difficult decisions when finalizing the 2024 schedule. The removal of the tournament from
the schedule does not minimize the outpouring of support we’ve received from the Huntsville
community over the past several years.”
The Knight Eady owned and operated tournament appeared on the Korn Ferry Tour schedule as
the Huntsville Championship from 2020 to 2022. It transitioned to the HomeTown Lenders
Championship in 2023 when national Huntsville-based mortgage brokerage firm HomeTown
Lenders came on as title sponsor. The title sponsorship was a part of a five-year agreement. All
three years of the tournament were hosted at The Ledges.
“We have enjoyed being the host site of the tournament along with our partnership with Knight
Eady and the PGA TOUR.” said Jim Ausley, chief operating officer of The Ledges. “The Ledges
provided a challenging golf course for the players and a beautiful setting for the spectators.
While the public only sees what happens during tournament week, there is an immense amount
of work that occurs year round to make an event of this magnitude successful. I am appreciative
of the hard work that Knight Eady, The Ledges team and all of the volunteers have put into this
event over the last three years.”
The removal of the tournament from the schedule comes despite profound economic and
philanthropic impact on the Huntsville community. In 2023, the tournament made an economic
impact north of $1.3 million as the city hosted hundreds of golfers, caddies and fans from across
the world. During its three years of operation, the tournament had a philanthropic impact of
nearly $200,000. Knight Eady worked closely with the Community Foundation of Greater
Huntsville, allocating funds to Huntsville-based nonprofits through initiatives such as Birdies
Fore Charity, Veterans Give Back, the Cyber Scholarship and Drive, Chip, & Putt Fore Success.
“This event had a huge impact on the community. We were able to see direct, financial benefits
not only on local businesses but on our local philanthropies as well,” said Melissa Thompson,
CEO and President of the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville. “The tournament was
having a real impact on real people right here in our own backyard. While it may look different in

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the future, we hope that we can continue to work with Knight Eady to leverage sports as a
vehicle for impact right here in Huntsville.”
While 2024 marks the end of a Korn Ferry Tour-sanctioned event in Huntsville, Eady is certain
that it does not mean the end of large-scale Knight Eady run events in the Rocket City.
“We’ve got great partners in the city of Huntsville, many of our sponsors and our host course,
The Ledges. Huntsville is a special city with an incredible appetite for sports,” said Eady.
“There’s a very real possibility that the Huntsville Championship could come back as some other
golf-related event. It may look different, but it's still going to be something that the Huntsville
community can be a part of and can be proud of.”
To be the first to know about what the 2024 Huntsville Championship will look like, Huntsville
residents should follow the tournament on social media, @hsvchamp, or sign up for the email
newsletter at www.huntsvillechampionship.com.

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