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Jan 10, 2014 5:20 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Accenture Match Play future uncertain

MARANA - Accenture is not renewing its title sponsorship of the Match Play World Golf Championship near Tucson, according to Golfweek.

The PGA would not confirm the report to News 4 Tucson.

PGA Vice President of Communications, Laura Neal, emailed a statement, "Neither the PGA TOUR nor Accenture has made any official announcement on the future title sponsorship of the event or its location. We are all placing 100 percent of our energy and focus on putting the best possible event together for 2014."

Match Play might not be in Arizona in 2015, depending on a new sponsor, according to Golfweek.

Lo Esencial is a new restaurant at Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine Road. The owner closed the Dove Mountain Grill in September and reopened in December with a new concept. The executive chef, Bryan Smith, hopes the exposure during Match Play will help the business succeed.

"Being right down the road, we're hoping that we get a lot of flow in there," Smith said. "And it's a chance to obviously increase our profit margin for a little spurt."

Smith has also lived in the area about 5 years.

"Being a golfer myself, I would be very sad about [the event leaving]." He said. "I've gone to the event a couple years myself, and I really enjoyed it, to be able to see pros you see on TV up close and personal."

Nobody has conducted an official study, but some estimate Match Play has a regional economic impact of about $75 million, according to Town of Marana Public Information Officer, Rodney Campbell.

"The thing that we get that's most easily calculated is worldwide exposure. This event is shown on TV in more than 200 countries," Campbell said. "Maybe they look at it and they think that's the type of place they would like to come and visit."

The Town of Marana supports the tournament financially with police and traffic support, but it receives an increase in tax revenue during the week, according to Campbell.

"We really don't want to see it go," Campbell said. "Because it is a nice outlet for people to get to know Marana and see everything that we have here."

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