AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP | ACC contract extended through 2015 |

AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP | ACC contract extended through 2015

Axie Navas

NBC Sports, American Century Investments, Edgewood Companies and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority announced on Thursday that the companies will extend their partnership though 2015, bringing the Lake Tahoe community at least three more years of celebrity golf.

“We have something very special here. This has become one of the most entertaining and longest running events in all of golf. And if you would have told us that back in 1990 when we started, we probably would have told you that you were nuts,” Gary Quinn, director of business development for NBC Sports, said at the Thursday press conference.

By extending the contract for three more years, the American Century Championship is guaranteed a 25th anniversary in 2014, a year that Carol Chaplin, the executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, promised will have some surprises.

“Somebody told me there’s a buzz in town this week. And it really is. It’s just a very, very important event for us,” Chaplin said.

As far as the proposed construction for the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge, Chuck Scharer, the president and CEO of Edgewood Companies, doesn’t anticipate that it will impact the tournament.

“At the end of the day it should not affect this great event. Frankly, at the end of the day I think it will enhance the venue. It will enhance the event,” Scharer said.

The project would include a 194-unit lodge with a restaurant, fitness center and spa that would be located near the existing ninth fairway, Scharer said. According to the Edgewood Companies website, the project would also realign holes seven, eight and nine.

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