TPC Scottsdale Named Host Venue for 2009 Champions Tour National Qualifying Finals

TPC Scottsdale Named Host Venue for  2009 Champions Tour National Qualifying FinalsThe PGA TOUR announced today that TPC Scottsdale in Arizona has been selected as host venue for the 2009 Champions Tour National Qualifying Finals.

The culmination of two stages of regional qualifying, the Champions Tour National Qualifying Finals will be held Nov. 17-20 on the club’s Champions Course. The top-five finishers will receive fully-exempt status on the 2010 Champions Tour, with finishers 6-12 receiving conditional cards.

Built in 2007 on the former site of the Desert Course by golf course architect Randy Heckenkemper – who served as part of Tom Weiskopf’s original design team in 1987, the par-71, 7,124-yard Champions Course rivals its more famous sister course, the Stadium Course, in both beauty and playability.

Named by Golfweek among its list of the “Top 30 Municipal Courses for 2008,” the course features the only Emerald Green greens and tee boxes in the state. Even before its opening, the Champions Course was chosen by the PGA TOUR to serve as host site of the First Stage Qualifying Tournament in November 2007 when the tournament was relocated from San Diego due to wildfires in the region.

“The Champions Course continues to distinguish itself among the best resort golf courses in the nation, and is fast becoming a favorite tournament venue as well,” said David Pillsbury, President of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties. “From Randy Heckenkemper’s fabulous design to the outstanding work of our maintenance, agronomy and guest service teams at TPC Scottsdale, the Champions Course is destined for even more greatness as it matures.”

TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course will enter its 23rd year as host of the FBR Open – the largest spectator golf event in the world – when it returns February 26- March 1, 2009. Several members of the 2009 Champions Tour rookie class have found success in the form of an FBR Open title at TPC Scottsdale including Tommy Armour III (1990), Steve Jones (1997) and Tom Lehman (2000). Current Champions Tour player Sandy Lyle also earned a victory on the Stadium Course in 1988.

The Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals will return to TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, FL, site of the 2006-08 events, for 2010.

Additional information on TPC Scottsdale can be found at tpc.com/scottsdale. For more information on the Champions Tour, please visit pgatour.com.

About the Champions Tour

The Champions Tour collectively has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with 15 World Golf Hall of Fame Members actively competing in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour will feature a minimum of 26 official events offering $51.4 million in prize money in 2009 and its highest average purse ever of $1.98 million. The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older and as such operates under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR which includes the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.

The Champions Tour’s primary purpose as an entity of the PGA TOUR is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

About The TPC Network

Licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network is comprised of 28 premier private and resort golf properties designed by some of golf’s most elite architects, 17 of which are operated by the PGA TOUR. Each TPC has hosted or has been designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments.

Since the TPC Sawgrass first opened its world renowned PLAYERS Stadium Course in the fall of 1980, TPCs have provided the PGA TOUR with rent-free venues for tournaments, helping to boost championship golf purses and increasing charitable donations to grass roots non-profit organizations. At the same time, TPCs have provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same layouts where the world’s best golfers compete.

Distinctive in character but consistent in quality, TPCs are known for their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as a commitment to environmental excellence. To date, most TPCs operated by the PGA TOUR are certified as Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Systems. The TPC Network is also distinguished by its unwavering commitment to further the PGA TOUR’s giving back mission through support of charitable and community-based programs. For more information, please visit www.tpc.com.

 

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