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Moves afoot to bring back LI Champions Tour event

The Champions Tour is off to its best start in years with the early dominance of Fred Couples, the most charismatic 50-year-old rookie since Lee Trevino. It's enough to make some people want to host a tournament, especially people who used to host one.

A group of people from the Long Island golf, business, government and philanthropic communities still has not given up on bringing the senior circuit back.

Undaunted by the fact this will be the second year without the event that used to be called the Northville Long Island Classic and Commerce Bank Championship, the group will meet soon in hopes of attracting a title sponsor. The Champions Tour makes no secret about wanting to return to Long Island.

The best case scenario, one committee member said, would be to return with a one-day pro-am this year and a regular date on the 2011 tour schedule.

Hanse gets a plum deal

Gil Hanse, the Babylon-born course architect, has been signed to design a course called Old School at The Prairie Club, a development in Nebraska. The layout will run along a wall of Snake River Canyon. Hanse, grandson of a Babylon Town supervisor, is based near Philadelphia. He was Golf magazine's 2009 Architect of the Year.

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