Before Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE), President Lee Corrigan worked with partner John Matthews as EMCEE Sports and ran the Toyota Invitational from 1996-1997. The tournament was held at Cattail Creek in Western Howard County, MD. The event was a trial balloon looking toward the possibility of gaining a regular spot on future Senior Tour calendars.
The tournament was a relatively new experience for the Senior players since they were playing two days for a purse scaled from $45,000-$50,000. The Toyota tournament was played as a two-day pro-am, with the final standings for the Senior pros based on 36-hole scores. The first day they were joined by amateur foursomes, and the second day they were accompanied by Middle Atlantic PGA pros (playing for $15,000) and their respective club champs. The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center was the primary beneficiary of proceeds from the tournament.