The Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank has an expanded relationship with the First Tee program at the Chi Chi Academy, serving the Clearwater area. Monday’s pro-am will benefit this group featuring approximately 20 of the pros in the tournament field. Click here to see the latest list of players expected to play.
In addition, two PGA TOUR players will visit the academy on Wednesday afternoon, students at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy will serve as standard bearers on Wednesday and Thursday and a 50/50 raffle that will be conducted Thursday – Sunday among Tampa Bay Championship patrons will benefit the First Tee at Chi Chi Academy programs.
The PGA TOUR, tournament host organization Copperhead Charities and EverBank Financial Corp (NYSE:EVER) announced today a one-year agreement whereby EverBank will be the presenting sponsor of the TOUR’s upcoming Tampa Bay Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.
The Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank is scheduled for March 14-17 at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course.
Defending Champion Luke Donald conducted a interview with Steve Duemig on 620 WDAE the Sports Animal.
The PGA TOUR announced its 2013 schedule, and the event formerly known as the Transitions Championship, will be played as the Tampa Bay Championship, March 11-17 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.
While the tournament name and logo are new, the Tampa Bay Championship will be played with the same $5.5 million purse in its customary date on the schedule – third week of the Florida Swing – as part of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition. The tournament will again be broadcast by NBC Sports,GolfChannel and other PGA TOUR broadcast partners.
Luke Donald, the world’s number one player for much of 2012, is the defending champion. The tournament has been a full-field PGA TOUR event since 2000, and has been held in the spring since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007. Copperhead Charties, Inc. organizes the event which has generated nearly $30 million forTampaBayarea charities with various golf events since 1977. The Copperhead Course was ranked as one of the top 10 courses on the PGA TOUR in a 2012 survey of PGA TOUR members.
Tickets for the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship are now on sale. Through December 31, good-any-one-day tickets ($20) and weekly ticket books ($50) are available at special significantly reduced prices. The popular Copperhead Pak and other ticket packages are also now available. Click here to purchase your tickets.
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Robert and Carrie Horne, a husband and wife team who pull double duty at each tournament on the Copperhead, were the first co-winners of the Donald V. Harrison Volunteer of the Year Award.
Each day during tournament week, the Hornes can be found on the 4th hole where for many years they have served as hole captains. In addition, prior to the tournament they devote many hours in helping prepare the merchandise tent.
“They were repeatedly nominated for the award by many of their fellow volunteers,” says Doug Laseter, the tournament’s volunteer coordinator. “They go out of their way to keep in contact with each member of their hole team and they are always cheerful and helpful to the patrons at the 4th.”
The Harrison Award remembers former general chairman Don Harrison and has been awarded since 2008.
Even as Luke Donald was regaining his status as the world’s top-ranked golfer in a thrilling four-man playoff, the Transitions Championship was further stating its case as one of the PGA TOUR’s top events.
Hitting highs in terms of gallery, strength of field, television ratings and drama, the 2012 event was a special one.
“We had a great week,” says David L. Robbins, general chairman of the Copperheads, the non-profit group that organizes the tournament. “I would like to thank everyone involved starting with the PGA TOUR pros who put on such a great show. The folks at Transitions Optical and Innisbrook Resort, as well as my fellow Copperheads, the PGA TOUR and tournament staff and all of our volunteers and sponsors all made huge contributions. They are a special group of people who all helped make it a wonderful tournament.”
The tournament still has to finalize its charitable contributions, but Robbins is hopeful that number will also increase. “That’s the bottom line for what we do,” he said. “We want to generate as much funding for area charities as we can, and we are optimistic we will exceed last year’s total of $1.9 million.”