by: Scott McCaulley

Bass Pro Shops has decided to end the annual Legends of Golf Tournament that has been hosted by Top of the Rock and other courses in the area after a six year run.

Information received by Hometown Daily News Dot Com earlier in the week had indicated that the tournament might not return in 2020 after the tournament came to the Lakes Region in 2014 after the previous site in Savannah, Georgia decided to no longer host the tournament. The first tournament was held in June with the other five tournaments held in April. Courses in Florida and California had also hosted the tournament after it started in Texas in 1979.

In an interview with Ozarks First Sports Director Dan Lucy, Bass Pro Shops Director of Communications Jack Wlezien says 2020 is a transitional year and that Bass Pro Founder Johnny Morris is not done promoting golf including the opening of a new course, Tiger Woods’ Payne’s Valley course that is also scheduled to open in 2020.

“Knowing Johnny, he’s not one to rest on his laurels,” Wlezien tells Ozarks First.  “We’re not walking away from golf.  Never say never but there’s nothing on the books.”

Ozarks First reached out to the PGA Tour but they have not commented on this decision.

Scott Hoch and Tom Pernice, Jr. won the final Legends of Golf event held this past April.