Mediate, Pavin and Jacobsen Highlight Final Field for the SAS Championship

Twelve winners from 2014 Champions Tour season headed to Prestonwood

CARY, N.C. (OCTOBER  3, 2014) – Rocco Mediate, Corey Pavin and Peter Jacobsen highlight the latest additions to the final field for next week’s SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek. The official Champions Tour event returns to Prestonwood Country Club Oct. 10-12.

“It was a pleasant surprise to receive Rocco, Corey and Peter’s commitments, having them in the field are welcome additions,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “With great weather in the forecast and the fantastic setting at Prestonwood, it should be another memorable week at the SAS Championship.”

Fresh off his duties as a commentator during NBC and the Golf Channel’s Ryder Cup coverage, Jacobsen will return to Prestonwood for the first time in two years. Earlier this summer, Jacobsen served as commentator for the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens at Pinehurst.

Winner of the 1995 U.S. Open, Pavin has recorded three top-10 finishes this year. He finished T6 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in June and T7 in last month’s Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship.

Mediate’s best finish at a major came at the 2008 U.S. Open where he battled with eventual champion Tiger Woods through 18 playoff holes, finally bested by Woods in the first hole of sudden-death, the 91st hole of the tournament. Mediate has six PGA TOUR wins and earned two victories last season during his rookie year on the Champions Tour.  

In addition to Mediate, ten players will be making their SAS Championship debut including, Stephen Ames, Billy Andrade, Woody Austin, Jose Coceres, Marco Dawson, Paul Goydos, Lee Janzen, Skip Kendall, Wes Short Jr. and  Kevin Sutherland.

Kendall is in the field as a sponsor’s exemption alongside Chip Beck, Neal Lancaster, Gary Koch and Jim Rutledge. Sandy Lyle and Nick Price unfortunately withdrew.

The final field features 27 of the top 30 players on this year’s money list and 12 winner’s from the 2014 Champions Tour season including former SAS Champions Tom Pernice Jr. (2009), Kenny Perry (2011), Russ Cochran (2010 and 2013) and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Bernhard Langer (2012). 

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.

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.

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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