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Pure Silk Championship Welcomes PGA Tour Operations Manager

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – March 25, 2021 –Originally from Lawrenceville, GA Steven Wood Graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Sports Management. Wood began work with PGA TOUR in 2010 at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. His work with the PGA TOUR spans 11 years and over 25 events including Web.com TOUR Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship, and the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, VA. Steven will serve as the Director of Tournament Operations for the 2021 tournament at Kingsmill.
Announced this month, the tournament will operate with limited spectators onsite; however, fans of the event are encouraged to play in the Wednesday Pro-Am to experience an exclusive behind the ropes experience.
All Wednesday Pro-Am participants must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to play as administered by the LPGA.
Kingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort is a stunning James River escape featuring spacious accommodations including stand-alone, easy-access, two-story condominium buildings.  Kingsmill is known for its championship golf courses, a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits. There is something for the entire family, with fun choices like diving into the Sports Club pools or the famous Lazy River pool. Discover Warehem’s pond located just a short walk from Kingsmill’s full-service marina where jet ski, pontoon boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals await guests. Retreat with miles of jogging and biking trails. Relax and recharge in the resort’s world-class spa. The championship River and Plantation Courses will help guests ace their game. The 15 courts and two pickleball courts at Kingsmill’s Tennis Club are a haven for the racket set, and just the place to serve up a little fun. And don’t forget to savor a meal or two at one of the resort’s five exquisite dining venues.

Topgolf Entertainment Group Announces First-of-its-Kind 9-Shot Challenge with Toptracer Range and World Golf Tour

Global tournament connects Toptracer Range and World Golf Tour players in combined competition

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DALLAS, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Since its inception, Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment company, has worked to grow the game of golf by making it more accessible and connect communities across the globe through meaningful, tech-driven experiences. As a culmination of this commitment, Topgolf announces a first-of-its-kind 9-Shot Challenge Global Tournament, an innovative global competition that allows players to compete – from virtually anywhere.  This experience will deliver a cross-platform golf competition that connects in-person players from around the world at participating Toptracer Range locations and gamers of the leading World Golf Tour (WGT) online game as they vie for the top spot on global leaderboards.

The 9-Shot Challenge allows players to compete on virtual courses in a series of nine approach shots, testing their iron play skills, with the first tournament ranging in distances from 94 – 186 yards.  Whether playing online on WGT or in person at participating Toptracer Range locations, players can see where they stand in real time as global leaderboards track progress throughout the tournament.  Leaderboard standings will include country flags representing each player, providing visual representation to the true connection of communities around the globe through this competition.
“Introducing innovative ways to access the game of golf and connecting communities through fun and technology-driven experiences is at the core of who we are as a brand. This is why we are thrilled to see the 9-Shot Challenge come to life across multiple Topgolf-enabled platforms,” said Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle. “The ability to bring this competition to people in all corners of the world in a real-time, immersive event is a monumental milestone on our journey to connect people at the intersection of sports and technology, and we can’t wait to see this competition unfold.”
The first event of the 9-Shot Challenge kicks off Feb. 6 – 14 on the virtual Pebble Beach Golf Links coursewhich players can access any time at Toptracer Range locations and on WGT.  Competitors can join the challenge and put their skills to the test on the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course by visiting participating Toptracer Range locations  across the world or by downloading the free WGT by Topgolf mobile golf game, loved by over 30 million users. The top contenders in each tournament will be awarded unique prizes, including Callaway Golf Clubs, golf balls, WGT memberships and more.
Future tournaments will provide access to other notable courses that golf fans know and love including Kiawah Island (Ocean Course), Torrey Pines and The Royal St. George’s Golf Club, among others. Additionally, future 9-Shot Challenge Global Tournament events will be available not only at Toptracer Range locations and via the WGT online game, but also at select Topgolf entertainment venues.
To follow the tournament and see tournament rules, visit Topgolf’s 9-Shot Challenge site.
About Topgolf Entertainment Group
Topgolf Entertainment Group is a technology-enabled global sports and entertainment community that connects people in meaningful ways through the experiences we create, the innovation we champion and the good that we do. What started as a simple idea to enhance the game of golf has grown into a movement where people from all walks of life connect at the intersection of technology and sports entertainment. Topgolf Entertainment Group’s platforms include Topgolf venues, Topgolf Media, Topgolf International, Toptracer and Topgolf Swing Suite. Follow @topgolf on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or visit the Topgolf press page for the latest news.
About Toptracer
Toptracer, an innovative technology from Topgolf Entertainment Group, is the most-used and most-trusted advanced ball-tracing technology. The first of its kind to be introduced to the game of golf, Toptracer has revolutionized the way viewers experience the game at select Topgolf venues, driving ranges and while watching major golf tournaments. Today, Toptracer technology powers over 8,500 Toptracer Range driving ranges in 31 countries.
About WGT
WGT by Topgolf, an esports experience from Topgolf Entertainment Group and part of Topgolf Media, has become the leading online golf game designed to connect sports fans through a free, realistic, virtual golf gaming experience. Acquired by Topgolf in 2016, WGT now has more than 30 million downloads worldwide and brings gamers, golf enthusiasts and professional golfers together from around the world to play championship courses and iconic holes in photorealistic quality. To download WGT, visit m.wgt.com.

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2020 Charles Schwab Challenge to Feature Charitable Program Supporting National Pandemic Relief and DFW Community

By PGA
The PGA TOUR is set to return with the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge, held at the iconic Colonial Country Club from June 11-14 in Fort Worth, Texas. In association with the tournament and in light of the unprecedented times in which it is being held, Schwab and the PGA TOUR today announced a new charitable platform, “Rise to the Challenge,” which will raise money to benefit the TOUR’s COVID-19 Relief Fund nationally and the tournament’s Birdies for Charity fund in Dallas-Fort Worth.
As previously announced by the PGA TOUR, the rescheduled Charles Schwab Challenge will be the first tournament to be played since March, and will restart the 2020 PGA TOUR schedule. It will be held without spectators on site, but will be broadcast nationally to a televised audience on the Golf Channel and on CBS Sports.
“This tournament is associated with some of the greatest names to play the sport and Charles Schwab is honored to help continue its tradition,” said Jonathan Craig, senior executive vice president, Investor Services & Marketing at Charles Schwab. “It is fitting that this tournament, with its rich history, will mark an early step for the country as it begins its cautious recovery from the pandemic. Though the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge will understandably operate differently than originally planned, our commitment to the tournament, its fans and the Dallas-Fort Worth community remains unwavering.”
‘Rise to the Challenge’ Charity Raffle
Beginning Monday, June 8, golf fans can go to schwabgolf.com to make a monetary donation and be entered into a raffle to win prizes — including autographed memorabilia from some of the game’s biggest stars along with unique once-in-a-lifetime golf experiences. Winners will be announced online during the tournament and PGA TOUR players will support the program with special digital and social media content from Colonial throughout the week.
On-site fans typically have an opportunity to interact with players and seek autographs at tournaments. With fans not attending this year’s event, Schwab’s program connects fans with the game while raising money for charities at a time when it is most needed. The Rise to the Challenge raffle will feature:
  • A chance to win VIP access to the 2021 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, and receive a 2019 Presidents Cup pin flag signed by captains Tiger Woods and Ernie Els
  • Signed golf memorabilia, donated from every player at the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge
  • Walk inside the ropes with Suzy Whaley, president of the PGA of America, during the 2021 PGA Championship
  • A custom wedge fitting directly from Bob Vokey, one of the world’s foremost wedge designers, at the Titleist Performance Institute in Carlsbad, California
  • A round of golf at Bandon Dunes in Southern Oregon with course architect, David Kidd
  • A round of golf at Sweetens Cove Golf Club outside Chattanooga, Tennessee, with course architect, Rob Collins
  • A round of golf with a PGA TOUR pro at the Colonial Country Club
All donations from the program aid the TOUR’s COVID-19 relief efforts and the 33 local charities the tournament traditionally helps benefit through Birdies for Charity.
“As the country begins to look ahead to a new and meaningful celebration of the game of golf – as well as our nation’s perseverance – our goal is to refocus our efforts as title sponsor to help extend the tournament’s impact in the community,” added Craig. “We are proud that Rise to the Challenge will help us do just that by raising money to support these critical national and local charitable efforts — and also help us bring some amazing golf prizes to some lucky folks watching at home.”
Charles Schwab & Co. signed on as title sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club in 2018. Already a major sponsor of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, the firm’s four-year agreement marked its first-ever title sponsorship of a PGA TOUR event. Schwab continues to grow rapidly in the Metroplex where its new 70-acre campus in Westlake will eventually become home to the firm’s corporate headquarters.
For more information on the tournament and its Birdies for Charity program, visit www.schwabgolf.com and www.charlesschwabchallenge.com. Visit pgatourcharities.org for more on the PGA TOUR’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Future Sites of the PGA Championship

by PGA

 

102nd PGA Championship
TPC Harding Park
San Francisco, California
May 2020
103rd PGA Championship
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
May 2021
104th PGA Championship
Trump National Golf Club
Bedminster, New Jersey
May 2022
105th PGA Championship
Oak Hill Country Club
East Course
Pittsford, New York
May 2023
106th PGA Championship
Valhalla Golf Club
Louisville, Kentucky
May 2024
107th PGA Championship
Quail Hollow Club
Charlotte, NC
May 2025
108th PGA Championship
Aronimink Golf Club
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
May 2026
109th PGA Championship
PGA Frisco
Frisco, Texas
May 2027
110th PGA Championship
The Olympic Club
Lake Course
San Francisco, California
May 2028
111th PGA Championship
Baltusrol Golf Club
Lower Course
Springfield, New Jersey
May 2029
112th PGA Championship
Southern Hills Country Club
Lower Course
Tulsa, Oklahoma
113th PGA Championship
Congressional Country Club
Blue Course
Bethesda, Maryland
May 2031
116th PGA Championship
PGA Frisco
Frisco, Texas
May 2034

2020 LPGA Tour schedule and results

by PGA

 

Below is the complete 2020 LPGA Tour schedule:
JANUARY
  • Jan. 16-19 — Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, FL); Winner: Gaby Lopez
  • Jan. 23-26 — Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Boca Rio GC, Boca Raton, FL); Winner: Madelene Sagström
FEBRUARY
  • Feb. 6-9 — ISPS Handa Vic Open (13th Beach GL, Barwon Heads, Australia); Winner: Hee Young Park
  • Feb. 13-16 — ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (Royal Adelaide GC, Adelaide, Australia); Winner: Inbee Park
  • Feb. 20-23 — (CANCELED) Honda LPGA Thailand (Siam CC, Chonburi, Thailand)
  • Feb. 27-March 1 — (CANCELED) HSBC Women’s World Championship (Sentosa GC, Singapore)
MARCH
  • March 19-22 — Founders Cup (Wildfire GC, Phoenix, AZ)
APRIL
  • April 15-18 — Lotte Championship (Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, HI) (Postponed)
  • April 23-26 — Hugel-Air Premia LA Open (Wilshire GC, Los Angeles, CA) (Postponed)
  • April 30-May 3 — LPGA Mediheal Championship (Lake Merced GC, Daly City, CA) (Postponed)
MAY
  • May 21-24 — Pure Silk Championship (Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA) (Canceled)
JULY
  • July 15-18 — Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Midland CC, Midland, MI)
  • July 23-26 — Marathon LPGA Classic (Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, OH)
AUGUST
  • July 31-Aug. 21 — ShopRite LPGA Classic (Sea View Dolce Hotel (Bay Course), Galloway, NJ)
  • Aug. 6-9 — The Evian Championship (Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France)
  • Aug. 13-16 — Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open (The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland)
  • Aug. 20-23 — AIG Women’s British Open (Royal Troon GC, Troon, Scotland)
  • Aug. 27-30 — UL International Crown (Centurion Club, St. Albans, England) (Canceled)
  • Aug. 28-30 — Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (Pinnacle CC, Rogers, AR)
SEPTEMBER
  • Sept. 3-6 — CP Women’s Open (Shaughnessy Golf and CC, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Sept. 10-13 — ANA Inspiration (Mission Hills CC, Rancho Mirage, CA)
  • Sept. 17-20 — Cambia Portland Classic (Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, OR)
  • Sept. 24-27 — Kia Classic (Aviara GC, Carlsbad, CA)
OCTOBER
  • Oct. 1-4 — Meijer LPGA Classic (Blythefield GC, Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Oct. 8-11 — KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, PA)
  • Oct. 15-18 — Buick LPGA Shanghai (Qizhong Garden GC, Shanghai)
  • Oct. 22-25 — BMW Ladies Championship (LPGA International Busan, Busan, South Korea)
  • Oct. 29-Nov. 1 — Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA (Miramar Golf and CC, New Taipei City, Taiwan)
NOVEMBER
  • Nov. 6-8 — Toto Japan Classic (Taiheyo Club (Minori Course), Ibaraki, Japan)
  • Nov. 19-22 — Pelican Women’s Championship (Pelican GC, Belleair, FL)
DECEMBER
  • Dec. 3-6 — Volunteers of America Classic (Old American GC, The Colony, Texas)
  • Dec. 10-13 — U.S. Women’s Open (Champions GC, Houston, TX)
  • Dec. 17-20 — CME Group Tour Championship (Tiburon GC, Naples, FL)

LPGA TOUR ANNOUNCED ADDITIONAL CHANGES TO 2020 SCHEDULE

By LPGA Communications

Given the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the health and travel restrictions that are currently in place around the globe, the LPGA Tour today is announcing additional changes to its 2020 schedule.

The LPGA informed players on Friday that the next five events on the LPGA Tour calendar have been postponed, with four of those five tournaments rescheduled for later this year. The Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Dex Imaging in Belleair, Fla., originally scheduled for May 14-17, will now take place Nov. 12-15. The ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer in Atlantic City, N.J., originally scheduled for May 29-31, will move to July 31 to Aug. 2. The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Simply Give in Grand Rapids, Mich., originally scheduled for June 11-14, is working on a date to reschedule.

Additionally, the USGA announced Friday that the U.S. Women’s Open, previously scheduled for the week of June 1-7, has been postponed to Dec. 7-13. The championship will be played at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, as originally planned but given the December timeframe and the resulting loss in daylight, both the Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit courses will be used for the championship. For more information visit uswomensopen.com.

The Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., originally scheduled for May 21-24, will not take place in 2020 but will return in its date on the 2021 LPGA Tour schedule.

The LPGA also announced one additional event that has been rescheduled for later in 2020. The Kia Classic, previously postponed in March, will now be held Sept. 24-27 in Carlsbad, Calif.

“We are so thankful to all our partners for their flexibility and willingness to work with us during this very difficult time,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This has been a truly collective effort to reschedule tournament dates and work together to provide LPGA players with as many playing opportunities as possible once it is safe for us to resume competing again. As we watch the world come together in this battle against this virus, we are so thankful for all of the support from our valued partners and we continue to wish for the health and safety of all the extended members of our global LPGA family.”

If necessary, should this outbreak continue, further schedule adjustments will be shared when appropriate. Alternative dates for June events are available later in the 2020 schedule.

Below is a revised look the LPGA’s 2020 summer months of June-September:

2020 LPGA Tour Summer Schedule as of April 3

DATE TOURNAMENT
June 19-21 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G
Pinnacle C.C., Rogers, Arkansas
June 25-28 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Aronimink G.C., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
July 2-5 OPEN FOR TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULE
July 9-12 Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana
Highland Meadows G.C., Sylvania, Ohio
July 15-18 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Midland C.C., Midland, Michigan
July 23-26 OPEN FOR TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULE
July 31 – Aug. 2 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel (Bay Course), Galloway, New Jersey
Aug. 6-9 The Evian Championship
Evian Resort G.C., Evian-les-Bains, France
Aug. 13-16 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open
The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland
Aug. 20-23 AIG Women’s British Open
Royal Troon G.C., Troon, Scotland
Aug. 27-30 UL International Crown
Sept. 3-6 CP Women’s Open
Shaughnessy G. and C.C., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sept. 10-13 ANA Inspiration
Mission Hills C.C., Rancho Mirage, California
Sept. 17-20 Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Oregon
Sept. 24-27 Kia Classic
Aviara G.C., Carlsbad, California

What Fans Love about Masters Week

From the Par 3 contest to the ceremonial first tee shots, the azaleas blooming and the birds chirping, every fan of golf has a favorite part of Masters week.
And while the Masters won’t start today due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, it’s great to hear fans reflect upon traditions and look forward optimistically to the November dates Augusta National Golf Club identified for the 2020 Masters (incumbent upon favorable counsel and direction from health officials).
From the traditional staples mentioned above, to family routines practiced for decades, there is no doubt the golf community will be ready to celebrate again when the time comes.
Jump into our feeds on Facebook, Twitter& Instagram to see all the replies & check out some of our favorites below.
Terri Santamassino on Facebook said…
The course. It’s absolutely beautiful. You know spring has arrive when you see all the flowers and greens. Everything starts here.
Elliot Shaw on Facebook said…
Knowing that, at the end of it, the #GreenJacket will be presented in the Butler Cabin and whoever gets the honor of receiving it will go down in Golf history as a #Master forever!
The childhood dream right there! #MastersChampion
Gordon Alexander on Facebook said…
The atmosphere within the grounds where you’re wholly reliant on the scoreboards and roars to understand what’s happening. The discussion within the crowd guessing and postulating what’s happening then the confirmation from the scoreboard is an excitement you can’t get from the intense TV coverage.
Mark Mahnke on Twitter said…
I tried… I don’t have a favorite…I just love everything about Masters week.
Marc Brady on Twitter said…
My drive through the back roads of S.C. early every Friday of Masters week feeling the anticipation… and a big THANK YOU to the Masters members for allowing PGA members to attend!
Emily Brown on Twitter said…
Placing your chair in the perfect spot in the morning to watch all players in the afternoon with a Georgia peach ice cream sandwich in your hand.

New Date Announced for 2020 PGA Championship

“Sports, and particularly the game of golf, are important vehicles for healing and hope,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “With the help of the City and County of San Francisco, our friends at the PGA TOUR, and our partners CBS Sports and ESPN, we are holding August 3-9 as dates for a rescheduled 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.
“We will continue to follow the guidance of public health officials, but are hopeful that it will be safe and responsible to conduct the PGA Championship in August and the Ryder Cup as planned from September 22-27 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin with our NBC Sports partners. With our country going through extremely difficult times, it will be an honor for all of us at the PGA of America to hopefully help turn a page in August with the PGA Championship and September with the Ryder Cup.”

Harbor Shores Looks Forward to KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2022

The development of Harbor Shores as a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and its hosting of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship has had a tremendous economic impact on Benton Harbor and Southwest Michigan, and this positive narrative will continue well beyond the cancellation of the 2020 Championship. With future KitchenAid Senior PGA Championships slated for May of 2022 & 2024 and thousands of fun golf rounds for amateurs to enjoy as well, the next chapters of this epic are slated to be tremendous.
The story of Harbor Shores and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is one of partnership, ingenuity and community, and to truly appreciate it, one has to understand that it’s so much bigger than golf. Jack Nicklaus summed it up perfectly: “With Harbor Shores, we set out really to change a community. This wasn’t just about a golf course. This was a non-profit project. That’s the important part of it. When we started, we had a factory where the first tee is. We had to remove toxic waste and buildings. But in the end, the whole course looks beautiful and we hope it is enjoyable to play.”
And enjoyable it is… Harbor Shores is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, and it has been delighting golfers and golf fans since its grand-opening round with golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. That special day at Harbor Shores in August of 2010 was headlined by Nicklaus sinking a double-breaking, 100+ foot putt, and the great shots and amazing moments at this Benton Harbor gem have just continued onward.

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And rest assured, more big things are coming to Harbor Shores, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and Benton Harbor in the future.

2020 Masters Tournament Postponed

Statement from Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club:

On Wednesday, March 4, we issued a memo stating that our plans to host the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals had not changed. Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances.

Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.

Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.

We will continue to work with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the City of Augusta and all other local authorities. We are grateful to all of these entities for their exceptional efforts and guidance.

We recognize this decision will affect many people, including our loyal patrons. Your patience as we make every effort to communicate effectively and efficiently is appreciated, and we will share any additional information as soon as it becomes available. Updates also will be posted to our website, Masters.com.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we seek your understanding of this decision and know you share our concern given these trying times. Thank you for your faithful support.