Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, the driving force in positioning Turning Stone as a complete destination resort that happens to contain a casino, told ICT that hosting the new PGA Tour event will create a vehicle for what he hopes will be improved communication with the surrounding community.
"We're able to present an aspect of our people to the world in a way that represents what we desire--good relations and a beneficial existence," Halbritter said. "In our culture, we're taught to do our best in life. It's not about us as individuals--we're part of creation."
Halbritter told ICT that in building Atunyote, the Nation sought to create a golfing experience of the highest quality, with great attention to detail and care.
"This is about being an example--and living the example," Halbritter said. "Not just watching and witnessing, but living it." He added that approximately $250,000 has so far been raised for charity.