Professional golf came to Broome County in 1971 as the Broome County Open, a one-day event. By 1973 it had grown to a four-day PGA TOUR event and became known as the B.C. Open. Over the next three decades it hosted such luminaries of the links as Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods, and Fuzzy Zoeller, while such national icons as Bob Hope, Mickey Mantle, and Johnny Hart played in various Pro-Am tournaments. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Open was born in 2007 as a stop on the Champions Tour. The sporting goods company was a natural to be the primary sponsor of this tournament as DICK’S Sporting Goods got its start in the neighboring city of Binghamton, in the hometown of founder Richard “Dick” Stack. Through the years, the biggest attraction besides the golf has been the annual Friday Night concerts, when the 18th green gets converted to a performing arts stage. Major recording artists who have recently performed include Tim McGraw and the Zac Brown Band.
Jim Maggiore, a retired IBMer, and Mike McCann, a 20-year veteran of the Johnson City Fire Department, rely on their own photos, as well as those from local fans in documenting the work of the Broome County Community Charities, Inc., which has always operated the tournaments. McCann is the co-author of three previous books for Arcadia.
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