Tournament Update - Sunday Evening
Tournament week for the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank begins on Monday with two major events.
A total of 20 professionals including John Daly will participate in the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy Pro-Am with a shotgun start beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. A list of expected pros for the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy Pro-Am is here.
The tournament has an expanded relationship this year with the First Tee program at the Chi Chi Academy, serving the Clearwater area. Monday’’s pro-am will benefit this group and two PGA TOUR players will visit the academy on Wednesday afternoon. In addition, students at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy will serve as standard bearers on Wednesday and Thursday and a 50/50 raffle will be conducted Thursday – Sunday among Tampa Bay Championship patrons that will benefit the First Tee at Chi Chi Academy programs.
Although every team does not have a celebrity this year, former MLB slugger Fred McGriff and Dexter Jackson, the Super Bowl XXXVII MVP, are expected to play.
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Another event on Monday is Executive Women’s Day presented by Astellas. More than 100 women will participate in an all-day series of activities.
The day begins with a breakfast panel discussion, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tampa Bay Championship to get an up close and personal view of various aspects of the tournament, including the media center, the network television compound, Shot Link operations and Corporate Hospitality locations.
The lunch program will feature Molly Fletcher as the keynote speaker. An entrepreneur, author and speaker, Flecther is the author of two books, Your Dream Job Game Plan and The Business of Being the Best and is the founder of The Betterment Institute, an e-learning portal. A trailblazer throughout her career, she has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and regularly contributes to FOX News.
Following lunch, the program shifts to the “Wine Down – Network Up” portion of the day where the local, regional and national businesswomen will enjoy a unique networking opportunity.
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There were some changes to the Tampa Bay Championship field on Sunday.
Five players qualified to play based on finishing in the top 10 in the Puerto Rico Open, led by winner Scott Brown. It is the second consecutive year Brown’s strong performance in Puerto Rico has put him in the tournament.
Also qualifying in Puerto Rico were Jordan Spieth, Justin Bolli, Peter Uihlein and D.J. Trahan.
Spieth and Uihlein are two of the rising stars in golf. Spieth, still only 19 years old, has won two U.S. Junior Amateur titles and finished 21st in the 2012 U.S. Open. He turned pro in December.
Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion and an All-American at Oklahoma State, received a sponsor’s exemption to the Tampa Bay Championship in 2011 and made his first cut in a PGA TOUR event, finishing 57th.
Ernie Els, who had committed to the tournament on Friday, withdrew due to an ailment. – – –
Admission to the Copperhead Course is free on Monday and Tuesday and $10 for Wednesday’s Pro-Am.
Tickets for tournament rounds, priced at $40, are available at the gate or TampaBayChampionship.com.
Kids 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Active and retired military with a valid common access card are admitted free.