FedEx Kinko's Classic

Champions Tour Player of the Year Jay Haas will have his hands full of native sons when he returns to The Hills Country Club to defend his 2006 FedEx Kinko’s Classic championship April 30-May 6, 2007. Last year, the North Carolinian came from three s ots back entering the final round with a closing 7-under-par 65 to win by two strokes over Mark James and Austinite Tom Kite, launching his successful bid for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup.

Not only does Haas bring back the Cup, and the fabled Bronze Boot given the winner of the FedEx Kinko’s Classic, but the tournament itself has some extra bragging rights as well. The Champions Tour staff voted the FedEx Kinko’s Classic the most “fan-friendly” tournament on the Tour in 2006 for its overall spectator experience and the wonderful spectator-friendly course at The Hills.
The 2007 edition will be a wild ride if the final round of the ’06 edition is any indication. Not only did Haas come from three back on the final day, he had a run of 5 straight birdies, survived back-to-back bogeys at the turn (the 9th hole ended up ranked the 2nd toughest hole on the Champions Tour last year), then birdied three of the final four holes to secure the win. Haas came to the 18th with only a one-shot lead and hit his second into the par-5 into a greenside bunker, but blasted a spectacular sand shot to within a foot to close the door on his challengers, including Kite, who came up short at his attempt to eagle the final hole and force a playoff.
Kite will return in 2007 to play, and join in hosting the event with fellow central Texans Ben Crenshaw and Tom Jenkins. Kite is still looking for that first-ever Tour win in his home state. The tourney’s other past champions, Jim Thorpe, Hale Irwin and newly-minted Hall of Famer Larry Nelson are expected to join in the Texas shootout, and multiple-major champions Mark O’Meara, Nick Price and Seve Ballesteros will be eligible to chase the Bronze Boot for the first time as Champions Tour “rookies.”
The FedEx Kinko’s Classic is a wonderful community-wide event, drawing over 60,000 spectators last year. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Grater Austin Youth Foundation, whose major beneficiaries are The First Tee of Greater Austin and the Dell Children’s Medical Center, with over $350,000 donated to-date.
More than 850 volunteers worked last year’s event and it is a great way to get involved for a great cause on an individual or group basis. The Classic also provides a great opportunity to entertain corporate clients or employees through various sponsorship and advertising opportunities, or the chance to “play with the pros” in one of three separate pro-ams. For information on volunteering, sponsorships, or ticket packages, visit www.fedexkinkosclassic.com or call (512) 732-2666. You’ll no doubt rub elbows with the legends, and maybe make a little history of your own.
Tickets

Championship Ticket: One ticket good for any one day

Mon–Sun: $25



Practice Ticket: One ticket good for any one day

Mon–Thurs: $10



Weekend Pass: Includes three tickets, one ticket good for Fri, Sat and Sun.: $60



Weeklong Pass: One ticket good for any day of the week: $95



Daily Flexbook: 10 tickets good for any day of the week: $150



All children under 12 years old are free all week and all children under 18 years old are free Tuesday, May 1st.

 

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