Bass Pro Shops ending Legends of Golf after six-year run in Ozarks

Published: Oct. 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM CDT
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An annual tournament that lived up to its name, bringing together household names in golf and entertainment, will not return to the Ozarks next year.

Bass Pro Shops spokesperson Jack Wlezien confirmed to KY3 late Friday afternoon Big Cedar Lodge will not host the Legends of Golf in 2020.

The late-April tournament moved to Big Cedar Lodge near Branson in 2014 after first starting in 1978.

It featured past players such as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Ben Crenshaw. It also drew in celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, and Larry the Cable Guy.

"It's bittersweet," Wlezien described the announcement via phone.

Wlezien said Bass Pro plans to focus its attention on Tiger Woods' first public-access golf course, Payne's Valley and "different opportunities," Wlezien said.

Payne's Valley was set to open in Branson in 2019, but Wlezien said a final date has not been set and is weather dependent.

"We're proud of everything we accomplished with Legends of Golf... When we first started [the tournament,] Big Cedar wasn't established as an internationally known course... now it is," Wlezien said.

Wlezien could not say if Legends of Golf was finished forever or if may someday return.

"[The year] 2020 is going to be a really big year for golf in the Ozarks," Wlezien said.