Web.com event loses title sponsor

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After four years of bringing a Web.com Tour event to Western Pennsylvania, the Mylan Classic will not return to the Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg in 2014.

Mylan Inc., a global generic pharmaceutical sales company based in Canonsburg, decided not to remain as title sponsor of the 72-hole tournament that featured former and future PGA Tour players.

"It was a great four years, we raised a lot of money for charity, but it just became too difficult to get financial backing," tournament chairman and Southpointe president Rod Piatt said.

The Mylan Classic had a difficult time competing for corporate sponsors after the Champions Tour brought the Constellation Senior Players Championship to Fox Chapel Golf Club in 2012 for a three-year run.

And with the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on the horizon, the prospect of attracting another more sponsors, let alone a title sponsor, was becoming increasingly difficult.

The Mylan Classic was moved to early August this year after being staged the previous three years on Labor Day weekend.

But even the earlier date created a problem because it cut into the middle of golf season for Southpointe and its members.

"We're proud of what we did for four years," Piatt said. "Our intent was to raise money for charity and bring professional golf to Western Pennsylvania, and we did that."

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Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com and Twitter @gerrydulac. First Published October 9, 2013 8:00 PM


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