2011 Transitions Championship Generates $1.9 Million for Charity

Copperhead Charities, Inc., the host organization of the Transitions Championship, is proud to have generated more the $1.9 million for Tampa Bay area charities. The figure represents a 21% increase from 2010 and brings the total amount generated by Copperhead Charities to $27.6 million since 1977.

The majority of the funds were generated through the Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities, bringing that program's 11-year total to more than $13 million in assistance to local charities.

The 2012 Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities program is now underway. This grass roots program, open to any qualifying local charity, can serve as a booster shot for the fundraising efforts of any local charity. Contact Doug Laseter, dlaseter@thecopperheads.org, to learn more.


When Gary Woodland, Webb Simpson and Scott Stallings finished 1-2-3 in the 2011 Transitions Championship, none of them represented a household name in the world of golf. Much has changed since then.

transitionswinner.jpgWoodland, the 2011 Transitions Championship winner, continued to wow golf fans with his incredible distance while finishing in the top 10 five more times and making the cuts in all four Major Championships. Still going strong late in the year, he finished in the top 30 in eight of his last nine starts.

Simpson, 2nd in the Transitions, may have been the most consistent performer on the 2011 PGA TOUR with no less than 21 top-25 finishes, including victories in the Wyndham and Deutsche Bank Championships. All told he won more than $6 million on the year. The leader in the FedExCup competition going into the TOUR Championship, he finished second to Bill Haas, another long-time Transitions Championship competitor. He also placed second on the final 2011 Official Money List.

Stallings, who finished 3rd in the Transitions Championship after gaining entry through a sponsor's exemption, went on to win the Greenbrier Classic.

Simpson and Woodland both made the elite 30-man field at the TOUR Championship, as did 16 other participants from the Transitions Championship. 


The Transitions Championship, is moving forward in preparations for its March 2012 event with the selection of two marketing communications agencies, Tampa-based Ad Partners and St. Petersburg-based Bayview Public Relations.

The agencies were selected after a competitive RFP process. In conjunction with title sponsor Transitions Optical, host organization The Copperheads and tournament staff, Ad Partners will lead a campaign of billboards, print ads and TV ads, while also considering some non-traditional marketing efforts. Bayview PR will help foster news media awareness, add to social media efforts and offer PR perspective to creative strategies.


The PGA TOUR pros at the 2012 Transitions Championship will again drive Kia Sorentos as the popular automotive brand returns to support the tournament for a third consecutive year.

The Pinch A Penny Military Appreciation Tent will also return in 2012. This is the third year for the Military Tent, which provides a great viewing area and special hospitality for qualified military personnel.



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