The Mark Christopher Charity Classic in Rancho Cucamonga will not be on the Nationwide Tour schedule next year because it failed to obtain a title sponsor, the tournament director said. The press release follows.
INLAND EMPIRE OPEN ANNOUNCES
END OF 14-YEAR RUN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2007) The Inland Empire Open, a non-profit
organization that conducts the local Nationwide Tour professional golf tournament known as the
Mark Christopher Charity Classic, announced today that the tournament will not occur in 2008.
Stephen Wagner, executive director for what was the Inland Empires largest professional
golf event, said the decision to end the event came down to the lack of a title sponsor.
The 2007 Mark Christopher Charity Classic, presented by The County of San Bernardino, raised a
record $261,797.68 from its events and activities for charity.
In the events 14-year history, the Inland Empire Open, Inc. raised $1,656,390.68 for
charitable entities ranging from primary beneficiary Loma Linda University Childrens Hospital, various
literacy programs, homeless shelters and area high school golf teams.