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.

Seven Former Ryder Cup Captains Highlight SAS Championship Field

Montgomerie, Faldo, Langer, Kite, Strange, Sutton and Lehman to play in Cary

CARY, N.C. (SEPTMEBER 24, 2014) – As 40th edition of the Ryder Cup approaches, tournament officials for the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek announced the commitments of seven former Ryder Cup captains including Tom Kite (1997), Curtis Strange (2002), Hal Sutton (2004), and Tom Lehman (2006), who will join previously announced European Captains Bernhard Langer (2004), Sir Nick Faldo (2008), and Colin Montgomerie (2010). The official Champions Tour event will return to Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, Oct. 10-12.  

“Over one-third of the players in our field have represented the United States or European teams in the Ryder Cup throughout their careers which shows the level of talent we have coming to the Triangle,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “We’re also excited to welcome a number of new faces to Prestonwood including two time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen.”

Janzen played with the winning ’93 U.S. team alongside Kite and John Cook, another competitor in the SAS Championship field. The ’93 U.S. team is remembered as the team to defeat Europe away from home and retain the Cup, having won by a margin of 15 to 13 at the The Belfry in Wishaw, Warwickshire, England.

The European team has enjoyed much success since ’93, winning seven times in the last nine competitions, led in part by the strong play of Faldo, who is widely considered one the most successful players to ever compete in the Ryder Cup. Faldo holds records for most appearances (11), most matches played (46), and the most career point won (25). Langer, the 2012 SAS Champion, represented the Europeans on 10 occasions, playing in 42 matches and winning 24 points. He also captained Team Europe to a victory in 2004.

The SAS Championship field includes 23 players in the field who have represented the United States in Ryder Cup competition for a combined total of 59 appearances. Kite leads the list with seven, followed by World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin, two-time major champion Mark O’Meara, and Strange who each have five appearances for the U.S. team. 

  United States Ryder Cup Player Records
  Player Number of Cups Total Matches R.C Record Total Points Won Point %
1 Andy Bean
(1979-87)
2 6 4-2-0 4 0.65
2 Mark Calcavecchia
(1987-89-91-2002)
4 14 6-7-1 6.5 0.46
3 John Cook
(1993)
1 2 1-1-0 1 0.5
4 Brad Faxon
(1995-97)
2 6 2-4-0 2 0.33
5 Fred Funk
(2004)
1 3 0-3-0 0 0
6 Bob Gilder
(1983)
1 4 2-2-0 2 0.5
7 Scott Hoch
(1997-02)
2 7 2-3-2 3 0.43
8 Hale Irwin
(1975-77-79-81-91)
5 20 13-5-2 14 0.7
9 Lee Janzen
(1993-97)
2 5 2-3-0 2 .40
10 Tom Kite
(1979-81-83-85-87-89-93)
7 28 15-9-4 17 0.59
11 Tom Lehman
(1995-97-99)
3 10 5-3-2 6 0.6
12 Wayne Levi
(1991)
1 2 0-2-0 0 0
13 Larry Mize
(1987)
1 4 1-1-2 2 0.5
14 Gil Morgan
(1979-83)
2 6 1-2-3 2.5 0.4
15 Larry Nelson
(1979-81-87)
3 13 9-3-1 9.5 0.73
16 Mark O'Meara
(1985-89-91-97-99)
5 14 4-9-1 4.5 0.32
17 Steve Pate
(1991-99)
2 5 2-2-1 2.5 0.5
18 Kenny Perry
(2004-08)
2 6 2-3-1 2.5 0.42
19 Loren Roberts
(1995)
1 4 3-1-0 3 0.75
20 Scott Simpson
(1987)
1 2 1-1-0 1 0.5
21 Craig Stadler
(1983-85)
2 8 4-2-2 5 0.61
22 Curtis Strange
(1983-85-87-89-95)
5 20 6-12-2 7 0.35
23 Hal Sutton
(1985-87-99-2002)
4 16 7-5-4 9 0.56
  23 Players 59 205   104  
             
  European Ryder Cup Player Records
  Players Number
of Cups
Total
Matches
R.C Record Total Points Won Point %
1 Sir Nick Faldo
(1977-79-81-83-85-87-89-91-93-95-97)
11 46 23-19-4 25 0.54
2 Bernhard Langer
(1981-83-85-87-89-91-93-95-97-02)
10 42 21-15-6 24 0.57
3 Sandy Lyle
(1979-81-83-85-87)
5 18 7-9-2 8 0.44
4 Colin Montgomerie
(1991-93-95-97-99-02-04-06)
8 36 20-9-7 23.5 0.65
  4 Players 34 142   80.5  
             
  Totals 93 347   184.5  

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.

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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SAS 13 Blue 5k box

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

 WMFFFF

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!