The event left the city due to safety concerns
By Sarah Hurwitz
WEST LINN, Oregon (KPTV) – The Cambia Portland Classic which attracts some of the best players in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is moving to a new location outside the city.
Tournament Golf Foundation President Tom Maletis cited health and safety concerns as a reason to move the national event to television.
This is the 50th year of the tournament.
Maletis said more than 30 of its 50 years the Portland Classic has been held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Northeast Portland.
But this year, it’s moving to the Oregon Country Club in West Linn.
“Columbia Edgewater has been amazing we planned to have an event there this year but due to health and safety concerns around Columbia Edgewater we thought we’d best move the tournament for this year,” Maletis said. .
Maletis said it was a tough decision.
“It’s not a situation where you can make that decision a week or two before the event,” Maletis said.
Maletis confirmed that homeless camps in the area are the main concern.
“I mean you know the respect for them and the traffic, the amount of traffic we have especially on the weekends for everyone’s safety and concern that we decided to move the venue,” Maletis said. “We had conversations in the city that they were very respectful of our situation. They understood it.”
Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office released a statement about the contest’s decision to relocate saying: “We are pleased that the decision was made to keep the contest in the larger Portland metropolitan area and look forward to its continuation. in September 2021. We understand the organizer’s concerns and we are working to address them. ”
The Tournament Golf Foundation says the ultimate goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all.
The Portland Classic is Sept. 16-19.
The Tournament Golf Foundation said it will review various options for next year.
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