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Byron Nelson Tournament Could Relocate

Tournament's opening ceremony held Tuesday



    Excitement is building for the Byron Nelson Championship after the opening ceremony was held at the TPC Four Season Las Colinas on Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013)

    The HP Byron Nelson Championship could move to Dallas in the coming years.

    The annual golf tournament could relocate when its contract expires in 2018, organizers say. Dallas-based AT&T, which takes over as title sponsor in 2015, would like the tournament to move to Dallas, said Robert Smith, tournament chairman.

    "They've expressed a desire to look at a new venue, so we've taken the next step in that process," said Robert Smith, tournament chairman.

    The Byron Nelson could move to the planned Trinity Forest Golf Club.

    This year's tournament began Tuesday with an opening ceremony at the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas.

    "We need events like the Nelson that bring the entire community together," said Michelle Kinder, Salesman Club of Dallas executive director.

    Over almost 30 years, the nonprofit Salesman Club of Dallas has raised $127 million for children and families through the annual tournament.

    "We need everyone that supports the Nelson to understand that what they do in this week transforms lives and it creates change for thousands of families that last a lifetime," Kinder said.

    Peggy Nelson, wife of the late Byron Nelson, was among the dignitaries to attend.