All-Pro guard Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors hopes to host a PGA Tour event in the Bay Area during the 2019-20 season, possibly on the newly-renovated South Course at Chuck Corica Golf Complex (https://coricapark.com) in Alameda.
GOLF.com reported that Curry, his representatives and the PGA Tour have turned their focus to the course at Corica Park in Alameda, an island city next to Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco.
An ideal date would seem to be October, since the PGA Tour’s wrap-around season opens with the season-opening Safeway Open in Napa in Northern California’s Wine Country, which would give pros a two-week stay in the same area to start the new campaign.
Curry’s agent, Jeff Austin, of Octagon, the sports and entertainment agency that would manage the event, did not respond immediately to questions seeking further information.
However, a PGA Tour spokesman said that partnering with Curry on a tournament would be “an incredible opportunity,” adding, “we don’t have any news to report at this time, including potential host facilities or tournament dates.”
There was speculation that the tournament might be played at TPC Harding Park (https://tpc.com/hardingpark) in San Francisco, but the 2020 PGA Championship will be held at Harding Park, making it contractually off-limits.
Curry, an avid golfer, was given a sneak preview of the South Course at Corica Park on an off-day during the NBA Finals earlier this year, when he helped the Warriors claim the NBA title for the third time in four seasons.
Apparently, he was impressed, and he played well.
“I don’t really see any weaknesses (in Curry’s game),” said George Kelley, chief executive officer of Greenway Golf, the management team at Corica Park. “He hit the ball great and made a lot of putts. The few errant tee shots he hit didn’t cost him much. He shot 71 on the day.”
Curry has played the last two years in the Ellie May Classic on the Web.com Tour at TPC Stonebrae (https://stonebraecc.com) in Hayward, but missed the cut both times.
Chuck Corica is a 45-hole facility, with two 18-hole layouts and a nine-hole par-3 course, and noted designer Rees Jones has remade the South Course into a replica of the famed Australian Sandbelt courses.
The North Course currently is being renovated.