YMCA of the Triangle Named Host Charity of the SAS Championship

Official Champions Tour event scheduled through 2017

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CARY, N.C. (SEPTEMBER  29, 2014) – The SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek announced today that the YMCA of the Triangle is the host charity for the annual Champions Tour event held at Prestonwood Country Club. Additionally, it was announced that the contract with the Champions Tour has been extended through 2017. This year’s tournament returns to Cary, Oct. 10 – 12, and will culminate with a donation to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, We Build People. Funds will be directed to the standardized Y Learning program which serves students in grades K-8 who struggle to reach school system benchmarks.

“Through our partnership with SAS and the SAS Championship, we’re able to help bridge the education gap in our community,” said Bruce Ham, Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of the Triangle. “At the Y, we want every child – regardless of their ability to pay – to have the opportunity to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

“The vision that the YMCA of the Triangle has for our community is fantastic, and it makes perfect sense that SAS and the SAS Championship are partnering with them to expand their efforts,” said Ann Goodnight, Director of Community Relations for SAS. “Their Y Learning program is full of passionate people focused on improving the future of our community.”

More than 1,200 children in Wake, Durham, Johnston, Lee and Pamlico Counties receive homework assistance and academic enrichment through Y Learning. Y Learning is fully funded through community support and donations to the YMCA’s Annual We Build People Campaign. Since 2010, proceeds from the SAS Championship have benefited Y Learning. In fact, nearly 20 percent of the students in the program are able to participate due to the SAS Championship donation.

“The SAS Championship has become a Triangle sports tradition that connects local charities and Champions Tour golf,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnerships with SAS and the YMCA of the Triangle to further engage the community and serve students in our area.”

As host organization, the YMCA contracts with the Champions Tour to host the SAS Championship and benefits from event proceeds. During the first 13 years of the SAS Championship, over $3 million has been donated to support children’s educational organizations.

The SAS Championship continues to be one of the strongest events of the Champions Tour season, annually attracting the legends of golf as competitors for one the largest purses all year at $2.1 million. Past winners include World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer and Hale Irwin and more recently, Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran. The Champions Tour event will continue to be held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary through 2017.

Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of the News & Observer. Parking for the SAS Championship, and community events is free of charge and located at Bond Park.  Complimentary shuttle buses will bring spectators and families to and from the parking area.

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.

Eat, Run, Jump, and Play at the SAS Championship

Exciting Community Events Return to Prestonwood Country Club

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CARY, N.C. (SEPTEMBER  10, 2014) – The SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek is excited to announce the return of Food Truck Friday, Live Fearless 5k, and WakeMed Families First Fun Fest, Oct. 10-12 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. 

“As the tournament continues to grow and expand, our focus remains giving back to the Triangle Community,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “Providing exciting events for families, fans, and children of all ages allows the opportunity to enjoy the weekend in a variety of ways, so we invite everyone to come join us as we celebrate our 14th year at Prestonwood Country Club.”

Following the first round of tournament play, Food Truck Friday will offer fans a great way to kick off their weekend with some of the most popular trucks in the Triangle including: American MeltdownChirba ChirbaParlez-Vous CrepeBarone Meatball Company, and Deli-icious.  Trucks will start serving at 4 p.m. and the evening will feature free live music from Peak City Sound.

On a course unlike any other, the Live Fearless 5k at the SAS Championship (formerly the Blue 5k) presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina returns for the fifth year on Saturday, Oct 11. The course follows the smooth, flat cart paths at Prestonwood prior to the start of the second round and is an ideal setting for all ages and types of runners. Additionally, the first Live Fearless Corporate Challenge will take place which challenges companies to recruit employees and run together while promoting health and wellness in the work place. Runners can register at www.saschampionship.com and will receive a commemorative running tech shirt and admission to the tournament.

Immediately following the 5k race, WakeMed Families First Fun Fest will open.  The highly interactive and entertaining programming will have plenty of kid-friendly activities including a giant slide, bounce house, arts and crafts, and face painting.

Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of the News & Observer. Parking for the SAS Championship, and community events is free of charge and located at Bond Park.  Complimentary shuttle buses will bring spectators and families to and from the parking area.

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.

The British are Coming to the SAS Championship

Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie set to return to Prestonwood Country Club

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CARY, N.C. (AUGUST 27, 2014) – Today, tournament officials announced the commitments of Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie to play in the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek, the annual Champions Tour event taking place Oct. 6-12 at Prestonwood Country Club.

“We are thrilled to have World Golf Hall of Fame members, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie returning to Cary this year for the SAS Championship,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “The addition of these two players will ensure even tougher competition in October. Montgomerie and former SAS Champion Bernhard Langer have been leading the Charles Schwab Cup standings all season and you can never count out a six-time major winner as a contender.”

A three-time Masters Champion (1989, 1990, 1996) and three-time Open Championship (1987, 1990, 1992) winner, Faldo made his domestic Champions Tour debut at last year’s SAS Championship. He’s collected 41 professional wins between the PGA TOUR and European Tour and competed at the Greenbrier Classic, RBC Heritage and The Open Championship earlier this year. 

Montgomerie claimed his first and second career major victories this year, winning both the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open Championship in his first appearances at both events. He also posted a runner up finish at this year’s Senior Open Championship to Langer, who ran away with the event winning by a record 13-strokes. Montgomerie’s strong play in 2014 has put him in chase for the Charles Schwab Cup, he is currently second behind Langer with nearly a 1500 point lead over another SAS Champion, Kenny Perry, who sits at third.  

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.

Bernhard Langer Leads List of Former Champions in SAS Championship Field

Five-time winner leads Official Money List and Charles Schwab Cup points race

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CARY, N.C. (AUGUST 20, 2014) – World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer leads the field of former champions committed to the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek, the official Champions Tour event taking place at Prestonwood Country Club, Oct. 6 -12.

Langer, a five-time winner through 16 events, will look to add to his remarkable 2014 season against two-time SAS champion Russ Cochran (2013 & 2010),  Kenny Perry (2011), Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009), Mark Wiebe (2007), Hale Irwin (2005), Craig Stadler (2004), and D.A. Weibring (2003).

“Our field looks very strong so far, especially with commitments from Langer, Perry and Pernice Jr., who have all won this year,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber.  “The way Bernhard is playing right now is incredible. He’s always done well at Prestonwood and if his form continues over the next few weeks, we could be seeing our third repeat champion at this year’s SAS Championship.”

Following a top-10 finish at this year’s Masters Tournament, Langer went on to capture two senior major titles, winning the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in June and The Senior Open Championship in July with a 13-stroke margin of victory, the largest in event history. Langer’s performance equaled the second-largest in Major Championship history, regular or senior. Tiger Woods won the US Open Championship by 15 in 2000 and Old Tom Morris won The Open Championship by 13 in 1862.

Langer currently leads the Official Money List and Charles Schwab Cup points race, after earning his 23rd Champions Tour career victory last weekend at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Langer carded three rounds without a single bogey, finishing at 16-under par and a one stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O'Meara. 

Of the 16 events this season, eight have been won by SAS Champions. Perry won the first senior major of the year, the Regions Tradition in May, and held off Langer at the 3M Championship last month for his seventh career victory on the Champions Tour. Pernice Jr. earned his third Champions Tour victory after winning the Principal Charity Classic in May.

To date, this group of past champions have collected over 100 wins on the Champions Tour and eight titles this season. Irwin leads the pack with an impressive 45 victories in his Champions Tour career, while Langer moves into a tie for 5th place with 23 career wins on the overall list.

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.

Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday is back! The SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek will host the second annual Food Truck Friday October 10th after the first round of the official Champions Tour event taking place Oct. 6-12 at Prestonwood Country Club. Food trucks in attendance will include: American MeltdownChirba ChirbaParlez-Vous CrepeBarone Meatball, and Deli~icious.  The trucks will start serving food at 4 p.m. and will give fans a great way to end their day after watching the legends of golf compete for the 14th annual SAS Championship title.  Parking for the SAS Championship and Food Truck Friday is free of charge and located at Bond Park. Complimentary shuttle buses will bring spectators and families to and from the parking area. Click here for information on parking.

Food Truck Friday is FREE to the public after 3 pm. We hope to see you there! 

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Live Fearless 5k

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For the fifth year running—literally, the Live Fearless 5k (formerly Blue 5k) at the SAS Championship presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will lead runners, families and golf fans along the tournament’s back nine holes on Saturday, Oct. 11 prior to the second round at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. Enjoy the unique experience of running, jogging or walking along the official tournament course prior to the second round of play, it's perfect way to connect with friends and family or shoot for a new personal record in the competitive divisions. Running tech shirts included with race registration.

RACE AMENITIES INCLUDE: Admission to the SAS Championship, running tech shirt, Post-Race Food and Family Day Kid Zone Activities (Bounce House, Giant Slide, Face Painting)

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Adult Competitive: $30 — Youth Competitive: $20

Adult Fun Run: $25 — Youth Fun Run: $15

Family Competitive: $70 — Family Fun Run: $55

*Prices increase $5 on October 6th.

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WakeMed Families First Fun Fest

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Saturday, October 11

As first aid provider since the tournament’s beginning, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is proud to continue its partnership with the SAS Championship. Fun activities for the entire family courtesy of WakeMed including Face Painting, a Teddy Bear Clinic, Arts & Crafts, Bounce Houses and much more!

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals 
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C.  The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs.  WakeMed’s team of 8,000 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care.  For more information, visit www.wakemed.org

 

Folds of Honor Golf Marathon

Prestonwood Golf Professionals to Play 24-Hour Marathon to Benefit Military Families

Challenge to Conclude on Last Hole of SAS Championship

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CARY, N.C. – Prestonwood Country Club assistant golf professionals Ryan Roberts, PGA and Brian Burgwyn will participate in a 24-hour golf marathon during the SAS Championship to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Through scholarships and other assistance, the Foundation provides healing and hope to military families of fallen and disabled service members.

“Ryan and Brian’s commitment to the Folds of Honor for the last five years has been astounding,” said Larry Conner, Director of Golf Operations at Prestonwood Country Club. “By partnering with this year’s SAS Championship, they continue to discover ways to supersede previous years outreach by rallying together our community for a great cause.”

The two plan to tee off at 5 pm on Friday, October 10 on tournament #10 after the conclusion of the first round of the SAS Championship before switching over to the Fairways course using glow-in-the-dark golf balls until sunrise. The two will continue on Fairways throughout second round play before switching over to tournament #16 and concluding play on the #18 green after the last SAS Championship group finishes second round play.

If you would like to become involved in their efforts, please visit https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/FoldsofHonorFoundation/PrestonwoodCC.html to make a flat sum financial donation.

For more information on Prestonwood Country Club, visit Prestonwood.com or Facebook.com/PrestonwoodCC.

For more information on the Folds of Honor Foundation, visit FoldsofHonor.org

Watch Bryan and Ryan's training video's below!

 

PGA Championship Perfect Send-Off for Kenny Perry

Perry and Defending Champion Russ Cochran Commit to SAS Championship

CARY, N.C. (AUGUST 6, 2014) – This week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., will be a celebration for former SAS Championship Winner Kenny 

Perry. Tournament officials are pleased to announce that Perry and fellow Kentucky native and defending SAS Championship winner, Russ Cochran, have both committed to the Official Champions Tour event taking place Oct. 10 – 12 at Prestonwood Country Club.

“Anytime you have a former champion competing in a major tournament it is a big deal and we wish Kenny all the best this week at a place that has meant so much to him,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “To see players like him at the majors is a testament to the level of talent that competes every week on the Champions Tour and it will be a pleasure to welcome Kenny and Russ back to Cary.”  

After earning a special exemption from the PGA of America into the field this week, Perry returns to the site of his best major finish.  In 1996, he lost to Mark Brooks in a playoff, the first time the PGA Championship was played at Valhalla Golf Club.

“To me, this is it (Valhalla Golf Club), I’ve got way too many memories here. This place is probably number one in my heart,” said Perry. “It’s a tremendous place for me to be in my home state.  It’s one of those kinds of gifts, to be able to come back to Valhalla, to where it all kind of started for me. To be able to say goodbye, shake a lot of hands, and thank a lot of people.”

Perry has had a strong performance in the first half of the year, he claimed his third career Champions Tour major by winning the Regions Tradition in May. It was his third straight Champions Tour major following the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and the U.S. Senior Open in 2013, the latter of which qualified him for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Perry finished tied for 28th, but hit one of the most memorable shots of the week, holing out for eagle on the 14th hole from 144 yards during the third round.

Last weekend, Perry captured his seventh career Champions Tour victory at the 3M Championship edging fellow SAS Champion Bernhard Langer. 

While Cochran is not in the field at Valhalla, he will return to Cary in October to defend his 2013 SAS Championship title and try to become the first three-time winner in the event’s 14 year history having also won in 2010. Cochran currently has five Champions Tour victories, including one major, the 2011 Senior Open Championship.

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Volunteers Gain Free Admission to Wyndham Championship and Greater Hickory Kia Classic

Tournament Volunteers Get Free Admission to All 

CARY, N.C. (July 17, 2014) – The Wyndham Championship PGA TOUR event and the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn and SAS Championship Champions Tour events have partnered to allow volunteers from all three tournaments gain free admission to the other two, the tournaments announced today.  The 75th anniversary Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 11-17, 2014 at Sedgefield Country Club.  The 14th annual SAS Championship is Oct. 6-12, 2014 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C., and the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic is set for Oct. 13-19, 2014 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C.  

These three professional golf tournaments are contested within a three hour drive of each other making it an easy drive for fans to attend all three regardless of where they live.  Volunteers from each of the three tournaments need only show their tournament credential for grounds admission to the other two.  Volunteers will be responsible for any parking charges at each tournament.

“We have been doing this exchange with the Greater Hickory Kia Classic for a few years now, and it’s a real benefit to our volunteers,” Wyndham Championship tournament director Mark Brazil said.  “This year, we are very happy to add the SAS Championship in Cary to the mix.  Now our volunteers can see North Carolina’s Champions Tour events in October, and their volunteers can see our PGA TOUR event in August.  That’s a great benefit for all of our volunteers, and we thank our friends in Hickory and Cary for agreeing to this partnership.”

“We’re have been thrilled that our volunteers have had the opportunity to attend the Wyndham Championship for the last few years as part of the benefits of being a volunteer,” Greater Hickory Kia Classic executive tournament director Jim Correll said.  “Now with the SAS Championship joining the arrangement, we have made volunteering at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic an even greater value.   We appreciate Mark Brazil at the Wyndham and Jeff Kleiber at the SAS Championship for making this possible, and we look forward to returning the favor when their volunteers can attend our event.”

“This arrangement is a fantastic added value for our SAS Championship volunteers,” SAS Championship tournament director Jeff Kleiber said.  “We all know professional golf tournaments aren’t possible without a huge contingent of volunteers, and I can’t think of a better way to thank them than provide opportunities for them to attend the Wyndham and the Greater Hickory Kia Classic as a fan so they can watch the tournaments and enjoy them.  We are very happy to join this partnership with two fantastic tournaments and look forward to telling our volunteers about this added benefit.”

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014 and contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors.  Tickets are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office.  The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Lincoln Financial, McConnell Golf, New Breed Logistics, Sunbrella®, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. and VF Corporation for their continued support.  Additional tournament information, including ticket packages and sponsorship information, is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.  For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.  Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube.