LEADERSHIP CHANGES ANNOUNCED AT TRANSITIONS CHAMPIONSHIP DAVID ROBBINS SUCCEEDS BOB BANKS AS GENERA

Following a successful 2011 Transitions Championship which saw Gary Woodland earn his first career PGA TOUR victory over a terrific field, the Copperheads, host group for Tampa Bays PGA TOUR event, has announced their new executive lineup.

David Robbins, a prominent local attorney and member of the Tampa Bay community, has succeeded Bob Banks as General Chairman after the latter completed a scheduled two-year term marked by significant growth for the event. Robbins had served as Vice General Chairman the past two years and enters his 9th year as a member of the Copperheads Board of Directors. Larry Morgan, owner of the Morgan Auto Group which owns a number of area auto dealerships and other businesses assumes the role of Vice General Chairman.
Following a successful 2011 Transitions Championship which saw Gary Woodland earn his first career PGA TOUR victory over a terrific field, the Copperheads, host group for Tampa Bays PGA TOUR event, has announced their new executive lineup.

David Robbins, a prominent local attorney and member of the Tampa Bay community, has succeeded Bob Banks as General Chairman after the latter completed a scheduled two-year term marked by significant growth for the event. Robbins had served as Vice General Chairman the past two years and enters his 9th year as a member of the Copperheads Board of Directors. Larry Morgan, owner of the Morgan Auto Group which owns a number of area auto dealerships and other businesses assumes the role of Vice General Chairman.

In addition, the Copperheads are pleased to announce that Kevin Krisle has been named Tournament Director of the Transitions Championship in addition to becoming President of the Copperheads. Krisle is the former executive director of the PGA TOUR event in Memphis St. Jude Classic - and joined in the success of the 2011 Transitions Championship serving as a consultant and associate tournament director.

As planned, Ron Campbell, who served as interim tournament director, will return to the Copperheads Board of Directors after stepping up impressively last fall in a temporary role.

David has been a valued partner throughout his time on the Copperheads Board and is very well prepared for his new role, says Banks who will remain a member of the Board of Directors for the Copperheads. We found Kevin last fall to assist us with the preparations for this years event, and we quickly learned that he has a great understanding of tournament golf and an enthusiasm for all aspects of organizing a first-class tournament.

Robbins, a St. Petersburg resident, practiced law in Florida from 1968 until his retirement in 2009, most recently with the Tampa office of Foley & Lardner, LLP. A graduate of the University of Florida School of Law, he is a past president of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and has been active with Bayfront Medical Center, including serving as board chairman.

With five spring tournaments under our belts and more than 30 years of history, the Copperheads are a growing, vibrant organization, and I am very excited about continuing our growth in the next several years. The great thing about the Transitions Championship is the way it helps generate charitable contributions, says Robbins. Bob gave his heart and soul to his time as general chairman and put a lot of excellent pieces in place for continued success. Larry and I will work closely with Kevin to keep everything moving forward.

Prior to his role with the tournament in Memphis, Krisle, 39, worked at IMG for 11+ years as a vice president of events where he coordinated more than 60 events on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours including the LPGA Tour Championship, Skins Game, Battle at Bighorn/Bridges, and Tavistock Cup. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

With the support of the Copperheads, Transitions Optical, the PGA TOUR and the Tampa Bay community, I am excited to join the Transitions Championship team. says Krisle. I have observed the tremendous growth of the tournament the last few years, and I look forward to working with our partners to continue making the Transitions Championship a special place for the players, fans, sponsors and charities.

Contact: Rick Odioso (813/789-8217) or rodioso@thecopperheads.org

About The Transitions Championship


The Transitions Championship is a 72-hole official PGA TOUR event played on the famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, in Innisbrook, Florida. Transitions Optical is the title sponsor of the PGA TOUR event, which draws a field of 144 of the finest golfers from around the world and was won in 2011 by Gary Woodland. Past champions include Jim Furyk (2010), Retief Goosen (2003 and 09), Sean OHair (2008), Mark Calcavecchia (2007), K.J. Choi (2002 and 06), Carl Pettersson (2005), Vijay Singh (2004) and John Huston (2000). The Transitions Championship is hosted by the Copperheads, a charitable group who has raised more the $25 million for Tampa Bay area charities through 34 golf tournaments. The 2012 Transitions Championship will be the 12th PGA TOUR event sponsored by the Copperheads since 2000 (the 2001 tournament was cancelled following the attacks of 9/11). In addition to outstanding golf, the tournament includes a week of tournament-related activities reinforcing the connection between healthy sight and an overall healthy lifestyle.

 

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