Bernhard Langer Leads List of Former Champions in SAS Championship Field

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

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), Tom Jenkins (2006), 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 Pretsonwood 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.

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

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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 Chirba, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Barone 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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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.

For Tickets Click Here or call 919-531-4653 to order.

A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register Click Here

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.

 

First Female F14 Fighter Pilot Carey Lohrenz Named Keynote Speaker

Lohrenz apart of day-long forum in the Triangle focused on professional and personal development

CARY, N.C. (June 9, 2014) – Carey Lohrenz, the Navy’s first female F14 fighter pilot, will speak at Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day, a highly-successful business forum being hosted at PGA TOUR events across the country, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 as a part of the SAS Championship tournament week. An official event on the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, the SAS Championship will host the day-long forum that focuses on leadership, career development, and network expansion.   

“We’re very excited to announce Carey as the keynote speaker at Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “Having worked in one of the most pressure-packed environments you can imagine, to developing as a corporate leader and finding a balance as working mom of four, she will be providing an inspiring afternoon for women in the Triangle.”

Over 100 women are expected to attend the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary with the following agenda:

8:30-10:15 a.m. Power Panel Breakfast: A moderated speaker/discussion panel with Triangle leaders

10:30-12:30 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes: Tour of the SAS Championship

12:45-2:00 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: Carey Lohrenz

2:30-4:30 p.m. It's About You: Your Turn to Make a Difference — an end-of-day opportunity to connect and network with other female leaders in the Triangle

For Table Information, contact: 
Paul Campion,
Director of Corporate Partnerships
paul.campion@octagon.com or 919-531-0200
or click here to view the full PDF
 

SAS Championship to Host Executive Women’s Day at Prestonwood Country Club

PGA TOUR tabs Triangle tournament for executive women’s event on the Champions Tour

CARY, N.C. (May 13, 2014) – The SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek has been selected by the PGA TOUR to host Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day, a highly-successful and engaging business forum being hosted at distinguished PGA TOUR events including The PLAYERS Championship. The event will take place on Tuesday of tournament week, Oct. 6-12, and will focus on topics vital to professional women, such as corporate leadership, career development, economic advancement and network expansion.   

“The SAS Championship is honored to host Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “It will be a tremendous opportunity to bring together influential leaders in the Triangle for a dynamic day at Prestonwood. While there will be plenty of great golf throughout the weekend, the main focus of this day is to provide a unique platform that fosters meaningful business and social relationships for female leaders in the community.”  

Over 100 women are expected to attend the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary with the following agenda:

8:30-10:15 a.m. Power Panel Breakfast: A moderated speaker/discussion panel with Triangle leaders

10:30-12:30 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes: Tour of the SAS Championship

12:45-2:00 p.m. Luncheon and National Keynote Speaker

2:30-4:30 p.m. It's About You: Your Turn to Make a Difference — an end-of-day opportunity to connect and network with other female leaders in the Triangle

"Astellas is pleased to present a series of exciting Executive Women's Day events that engage local communities throughout the PGA TOUR season," said Gary Kaiser, Director, Urology Marketing for Astellas. "The goals for all these events are to educate and connect with the engaged and growing female fan base of the PGA TOUR in a meaningful way, and offer information that promotes overall well-being.”

The PGA TOUR and Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ("Astellas"), a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. introduced the first Astellas Presents Executive Women's Day in 2013. The event is part of a three-year agreement between the TOUR and Astellas in which Astellas will champion the PGA TOUR's commitment to its Women's Initiative.

For Table Information, contact Paul Campion, Director of Corporate Partnerships, paul.campion@octagon.com or 919-531-0200 or click here to view the full PDF

Champions Tour Update

CHAMPIONS TOUR UPDATE – 8.18.14

RECENTLY

Bernhard Langer posted his fifth victory of the 2014 Champions Tour season with a one-stroke win over Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Langer played the event bogey-free and won his 23rd career title on the Champions Tour, tying Bob Charles for fifth place on the all-time career victory list. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014 was an historic day for the Champions Tour as Kevin Sutherland made 12 birdies, an eagle and a bogey (on the final hole) at En-Joie GC to post the first 59 in Champions Tour history. Nine players have shot rounds of 60 since the Champions Tour began in 1980. Sutherland’s 9-under 28 on his first nine holes, tied the all-time Champions Tour 9-hole record in relation to par. His run of seven birdies and an eagle also tied the all-time mark for the best birdie-eagle stretch in Champions Tour history.

Joe Durant finished 3-under after 72 holes at the Wyndham Championship on the PGA TOUR last week. Lee Janzen, who turns 50 on August 28, also made the cut and finished near the tail of the field.

World Golf Hall of Fame member and national hero Vijay Singh finished 10th at the Fiji International last week at a course he designed, Natadola Bay. Presidents Cup International Team captain Nick Price finished T35 in the event which was won by Australian Steven Jeffress.

England's Mark Davis won for the first time in just his third start on the European Senior Tour at the Scottish Senior Open last week. Davis finished at 5-under par 211, five shots clear of the field.

COMING UP

This year marks the tenth playing of the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, on the outskirts of Seattle, Wash. In the nine-year history of the Boeing Classic, no first-round leader has gone on to victory.

Fred Couples returns for his fifth Champions Tour appearance in his hometown having posted third-place finishes in 2010 and 2013. He was T16 in 2011 and withdrew with a back ailment after hitting his opening tee shot in 2012. In Champions Tour history, it’s been rare when a player has won an official tournament in either the place he was born or lived at the time. Here is a list of players who have won in their hometown.

Player                          Event                                                              Place of Birth/Residence

Tom Lehman                2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship          Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bernhard Langer           2010 Allianz Championship                                Boca Raton, Fla.
Bruce Lietzke                2002 TD Waterhouse Championship                  Kansas City, Mo.
Hale Irwin                     1997, 1999 Boone Valley Classic                       St. Louis, Mo.
Jay Sigel                      1998 Bell Atlantic Classic                                  Philadelphia, Pa.
Jim Colbert                   1995, 1996 Las Vegas Senior Classic                Las Vegas, Nev.
Lee Trevino                  1992, 1994 PGA Seniors Championship              Palm Beach, Fla.
Jack Nicklaus               1991 PGA Seniors Championship                      Palm Beach, Fla.
Homero Blancas           1989 Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity             Houston, Texas
Larry Mowry                 1988 Pepsi Senior Challenge                             Atlanta, Ga.
Don January                 1986 Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am                Dallas, Texas

The 14th hole at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is one of the most exciting holes on the Champions Tour. Although it measures 431 yards, the dog-leg hole features a 70-foot drop from the tee over Bear Canyon and is a drivable par-4. Since the Champions Tour started playing at the site in 2005, eighteen different players have made 2s at the hole. The highest score recorded on this hole was an eight by Bill Longmuir in the second round in 2006.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

Bernhard Langer earned 278 Charles Schwab Cup points for his win at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and increased his lead (633 points) over Colin Montgomerie in the season-long points race.

NUMBERS

7 – The Boeing Classic holds the Champions Tour record for the most players in a sudden-death playoff, with seven players vying for victory in 2007. Denis Watson eventually defeated R.W. Eaks, Craig Stadler, Gil Morgan, David Eger, Joe Ozaki and Dana Quigley at the second extra hole.

ON THIS DATE

8/18/13 – Bart Bryant becomes the 1,000th winner in Champions Tour history when he captures the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. In the process, he joins his brother (Brad) as one of three sets of brothers to have won titles on the Champions Tour – Dave/Mike Hill and Lanny/Bobby Wadkins.

DID YOU KNOW?

Hale Irwin recorded the first ace of his Champions Tour career at the Boeing Classic. In the first round in 2011 the then 66-year-old aced the par-3 ninth hole with a 6-iron shot from 185 yards.

QUOTE TO NOTE

“Who would have thought you’d bogey the last hole and still feel great?” – Kevin Sutherland’s words following his final-hole bogey to shoot the first 59 on the Champions Tour.

“Now he gets to feel how I felt growing up.” – Taylor Funk comments on having his dad, Fred, outside the ropes while he successfully qualified for last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship.

“It’s 12:30 on the range, and it’s full, and there’s no place to hit balls. It’s not like that on our Tour.” – Rocco Mediate returned to the PGA TOUR for last week’s Wyndham Championship and was reminded how ‘busier’ it is on Tuesday’s compared to the Champions Tour.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK

Brittany Lincicome @Brittany1golf  ·  13h @GolfCentral: 59! Kevin Sutherland uses 12 birdies, 1 eagle, 4 pars and 1 bogey to make @ChampionsTour history. pic.twitter.com/R5zK0h4LCX” WOW

 

Volunteer Registration and Tickets Now Available

Hospitality and VIP parking options available for Father’s Day

CARY, N.C. (APRIL 14, 2014) – Following a thrilling Masters tournament over the weekend, tournament officials for the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek announced the opening of volunteer registration and ticket sales for the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour event taking place at Prestonwood Country Club, Oct. 6 -12. 

Click Here to Volunteer

Click Here to Order Your Tickets

“As attention from the first major of the year now shifts to Pinehurst in June, it’s a great time to be a golf fan in North Carolina,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “It’s going to be an exciting time and for everyone that appreciates the passion of sports and community, we’re pleased to kick off our efforts for the Triangle’s largest golf event.”

Over 700 volunteers are needed to support one of the most successful events on the Champions Tour and there are a number of different committees available; golf knowledge is a plus but not required.

“Volunteering gives our community the opportunity to experience a professional sporting event from behind-the-scenes, interact with the legends of golf and create lasting friendships,” said Kleiber. “After every tournament we hear from our volunteers that it’s one of their favorite weeks of the year, so anyone interested in volunteering should register.”

Ticket options for the SAS Championship feature exclusive hospitality and parking options, including the fan-favorite Eagles’ Nest at 17 green for $100. Each Eagles’ Nest ticket includes a catered lunch, open bar and snacks at the premium hospitality suite located at the pivotal par-5 17th hole. On-site VIP parking is also available for $100. Each purchaser will be able to park in the same lot as the Champions Tour pros and have their name designated on official tournament signage. Daily tickets, valid one day, are $20 and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer.