Outback Steakhouse Extends Title Sponsorship For 2011 Champions Tour Event


TAMPA, FL  – Today, the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am announced that Outback Steakhouse has extended its title sponsorship for the 2011 tournament, and the leader in endoscopic spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute, has signed on as an official sponsor.

“It has been our pleasure to partner with the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour to build the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am into one of the Tampa Bay area’s premier sporting events,” said Liz Smith, CEO of OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC. “We would like to congratulate the many volunteers whose hard work built the Pro-Am to host accomplished Champion Tour golfers, celebrities, corporate sponsors and golf enthusiasts.”

As in years past, Outback Steakhouse and other OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC. brands will be providing first class food and hospitality throughout tournament week, setting the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am apart from other Champions Tour events.

As part of its new agreement with the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, Laser Spine Institute is now the title sponsor of the pro-am event on Wednesday and Thursday of tournament week, which will be called the Laser Spine Institute Challenge.

“Laser Spine Institute is pleased to be a part of the 2011 Champions Tour event,” said Bill Horne, CEO of Laser Spine Institute. “This is one of Tampa’s premier events.  It is an honor to join Outback Steakhouse as we work to host an exceptional tournament and raise money for the local community.”

“It is a privilege to continue to be a part of such a prestigious Champions Tour event that gives back to the Tampa Bay community,” said Chris Sullivan, Outback Steakhouse Co-Founder and 2011 Tournament Co-Chairman. “Since Outback Steakhouse became title sponsor seven years ago, the Pro-Am has raised over $3.7 million for area charities. Through the support from Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Laser Spine Institute and this community, we look forward to watching that number steadily increase,” concluded Sullivan.

“We cannot express how excited we are that an extraordinary company like Laser Spine Institute has increased their partnership with our tournament” said Amy Hawk, tournament director of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. “The corporate sponsorships of Outback Steakhouse and Laser Spine Institute allows us to take this tournament to a whole different level. We are gearing up for another sensational event at the 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am,” concludes Hawk.

The 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am tickets are NOW available for purchase by calling the tournament office at 813-265-4653 or visiting www.outbackproam.com.

About Laser Spine Institute:
Laser Spine Institute offers a safe and effective alternative to open back and neck surgery, by using the latest techniques in minimally invasive procedures, alleviating the painful symptoms of sufferers from around the world. The leader in endoscopic spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute treats a variety of spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, bone spurs, bulging/herniated discs and sciatica. Laser Spine Institute’s renowned medical team provides treatment at three accredited surgical centers in Tampa, Fla.; Scottsdale, Ariz. and Philadelphia and medical consultations at facilities in Cincinnati, San Diego, Beverly Hills, Calif., The Villages, Fla., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Laser Spine Institute recently opened a new surgery center in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit http://www.laserspineinstitute.com

About the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am & Tournament Format
The Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am won the 2010 Tournament Business Affairs Award. The Champions Tour Tournament Business Affairs department rates and grades several different categories that determine what makes a successful event, and the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, played for the 19th consecutive year at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida, earned the highest overall score.

In its first seven years, the Tampa Bay Pro-Am Foundation, Inc. has raised over $3.7 million through corporate sponsorships and other charitable donations. Since its inception 23 years ago, this tournament has contributed over $8.7 million to Tampa Bay area charities.

The Tampa Bay Pro-Am Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization founded in October of 2003.

Bernhard Langer was crowned the 2010 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am champion after finishing 36-holes.

The 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am will be played at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, FL, April 11-17 will be broadcast on the Golf Channel (Friday, 4/15) and NBC Sports (Saturday, 4/16 and Sunday, 4/17).

About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 29 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2011 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2010, tournaments on all three Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour) generated $120 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.6 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is www.pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.


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