Gary Player to Make Honorary Tee Shot at the 2017 Chubb Classic

Chubb Classic celebrates 30 years with inaugural 1988 champion, Gary Player

Naples, Fla. – Chubb Classic officials announced today that Gary Player, the 1988 inaugural champion, will be in attendance at the 2017 Chubb Classic to help celebrate its 30th anniversary in southwest Florida.  The Chubb Classic will take place February 13 – 19 at The TwinEagles Club.

Regarded as one of the greatest players in golf history, Mr. Player has won 167 tournaments world-wide spanning seven decades and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.  Mr. Player is a three-time champion of the Masters Tournament (1961, 1974, 1978) and The Open Championship (1959, 1968, 1974), while also having claimed victories at the PGA Championship (1962, 1972) and U.S. Open (1965) throughout his career on the PGA Tour.  He is still one of only 5 golfers ever to complete the Grand Slam of all four Major Championships.

The year 1988 marked the PGA TOUR Champions first year in Naples held at The Club at Pelican Bay.  Mr. Player finished top of the leaderboard by one stroke to become the events inaugural champion for his ninth PGA TOUR Champions victory.  The Chubb Classic will welcome Gary Player back to Naples during the celebration of its 30th year in southwest Florida.  Mr. Player will tee it up in the official pro-am tournament and kick-off the first round of championship play with an honorary tee shot prior to the first round Friday morning, February 17.

“To see any event stay in one community for 30 years is truly special,” said Gary Player, the Black Knight and World Golf Hall of Fame member.  “I am honored to have been a part of its first year in 1988 and look forward to joining the 30th year celebration during the 2017 Chubb Classic.”

To purchase tickets, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.

Participants Announced for the Golf to Paraidse – First Tee Champions Challenge!

24 junior participants from across the country will compete at The TwinEagles Club

Naples, Fla. – On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chubb Classic has invited junior golfers from across the country to participate in a three-day competition at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla.  During the Chubb Classic, February 13 – 19, two participants from 12 different First Tee chapters (24 total participants) will travel to Naples in hopes of claiming victory of the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“It is an honor for me to represent The First Tee of Naples/Collier in the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge,” said Makenzie Hotchkiss, participant from The First Tee of Naples/Collier.  “Matt and I are so excited to be the host participants for this year’s event and cannot wait to meet the other 22 First Tee players next month.  The First Tee has given me so many great opportunities not only on the golf course, but in life as well.  I am so grateful to everyone involved.”

The 2017 challenge boasts a 24 player field in which 23 junior golfers will compete in the program for the first time.  One participant from The First Tee of West Michigan, Dominic Luciani, will return in February for his second straight year competing in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“I am so excited to travel to Naples and represent The First Tee of West Michigan again,” said Dominic Luciani, returning junior participant from The First Tee of West Michigan.  “Having participated in last year’s event, I know a bit more about what to expect and cannot wait to return – I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”

For full biographies on each First Tee participant listed below, please CLICK HERE.

 

The First Tee of Atlanta

Alejandra Ayala                                                                    Jazmyne Everett

17 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Alpharetta High School                                          Junior, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School

 

The First Tee of Baltimore

Kendel Abrams                                                                     Jairus Gaines

16 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Susquehannock High School                                   Junior, Gilman School

 

The First Tee of Chicago

Chloe Morrissey                                                                   Raquel Simpson

14 years old                                                                          14 years old

Freshman, Warren Township High School                           Freshman, Walter Payton College Prep High School

 

The First Tee of Cleveland

Ben Cawley                                                                           Nathan Lewandowski

16 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Shaker Heights High School                                     Junior, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School

 

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Matt Ariza                                                                              Makenzie Hotchkiss

16 years old                                                                          17 years old

Junior, Gulf Coast High School                                           Senior, Barron Collier High School

 

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Brinkley Beever                                                                   Dalton McGinnis

16 years old                                                                         14 years old

Junior, Siloam Springs High School                                    Freshman, Deer High School

 

The First Tee of Philadelphia

Leonard Gipson                                                                    Riley Quartermain

15 years old                                                                          13 years old

Freshman, Father Judge High School                                  8th Grade, Haverford Middle School

 

The First Tee of Pittsburgh

Madison Bartone                                                                 Victoria Slawinski

15 years old                                                                         16 years old

Sophomore, Mount Lebanon High School                           Sophomore, Bethel Park High School

 

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

Alisa Caraballo                                                                      John Ferguson

16 years old                                                                          17 years old

Sophomore, Home Schooled                                                Junior, Franklin County High School

 

The First Tee of the Triangle

Sara Allen                                                                              Nyilah Anderson

17 years old                                                                          17 years old

Senior, Franklin Academy High School                                 Senior, Charles E. Jordan High School

 

The First Tee of the Twin Cities       

David Kehr                                                                            Parker Reddig

17 years old                                                                          17 years old

Senior, Highland Park Senior High School                           Senior, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s School

 

The First Tee of West Michigan

Owen Kruer                                                                          Dominic Luciani

16 years old                                                                          15 years old

Sophomore, Jenison High School                                        Sophomore, East Grand Rapids High School

 

Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac

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Two-Day Food, Beer & Wine Festival Returns to the Chubb Classic

Tickets on sale now for upgraded food and beverage experience during the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions event

NAPLES, Fla.  – Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac, a two-day food, beer, wine and spirits festival, returns to the Chubb Classic February 17 and 18 at The TwinEagles Club.  Held in conjunction with the PGA TOUR Champions event, Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac will offer spectators an upgraded food and beverage experience on the TwinEagles Driving Range Friday and Saturday of event week.

“We’re excited to bring back the two-day festival during this year’s event and celebrate the region’s best restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and more,” said Matt Hilliker, Tournament Director.  “This event will offer an upgraded tasting experience for golf fans and provide local foodies with a taste of their favorites all in one spot.”

Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac ticket holders will be invited to sample tastes from some of Naples’ best restaurants.  Local and national craft beer, wine and spirits will also be paired with menu items and featured on the TwinEagles Driving Range during the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic.

General admission tickets to Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac are $35 per day and include access to the food festival on selected day, as well as general grounds admission into the Chubb Classic on respective day. Upgrade any one Chubb Classic ticket to include food festival access for only $20 per day and enjoy unlimited food and beverage samples.  Only a limited amount of tickets are available for purchase each day.

For more information on Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac, to purchase tickets, or to get involved as a participating vendor or restaurant, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.

Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

 

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Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

Returns to the Chubb Classic

Challenge grows to twelve First Tee Chapters including The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Naples, Fla. – The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will expand to 12 First Tee Chapters from throughout the country when it returns to the Chubb Classic for its seventh year, February 17 – 19, 2017. On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, 24 First Tee participants (two participants from each of the 12 different Chapters) will participate in a three-day golf competition taking place during the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Florida.

All nine participating Chapters from the 2016 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will return for the 2017 event, including defending champions The First Tee of Chicago, The First Tee of Naples/Collier, The First Tee of Pittsburgh, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley, The First Tee of West Michigan, The First Tee of the Triangle, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas and The First Tee of Atlanta. The remaining three Chapters making their debut at the 2017 event include The First Tee of the Twin Cities, The First Tee of Baltimore and The First Tee of Cleveland.

“Representing Chicago in the 2016 First Tee Champions Challenge, winning the tournament and having my name in the event’s history is an honor I will never forget,” said Abdel Raoul, The First Tee of Chicago participant and one of the 2016 Champions. “The event provided a VIP experience, including inside the ropes exposure and access to the PGA TOUR Champions players. All the First Tee participants showed terrific sportsmanship throughout the Challenge demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends from across the country and thank The First Tee of Naples/Collier and the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau for being amazing hosts.”

During the 2017 event, 24 participants will play a total of nine holes each of the three days of competition with an alternative format each day. On Friday, the teams will play in a scramble, followed by a modified alternate shot on Saturday and closing with a better ball format on Sunday. The Chapter in which earns the highest amount of points throughout all three formats will be named the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge winners.

“We are thrilled to once again extend our support to the ever-growing Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge as it returns to the Chubb Classic,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The amount of dedication and the impressive skillset these junior golfers bring to the game is admiral to golfers and fans of all ages. We look forward to another exciting year and wish all First Tee participants great success in this year’s event.”

Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

 

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Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

Returns to the Chubb Classic

Challenge grows to twelve First Tee Chapters including The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Naples, Fla. – The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will expand to 12 First Tee Chapters from throughout the country when it returns to the Chubb Classic for its seventh year, February 17 – 19, 2017. On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, 24 First Tee participants (two participants from each of the 12 different Chapters) will participate in a three-day golf competition taking place during the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Florida.

All nine participating Chapters from the 2016 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will return for the 2017 event, including defending champions The First Tee of Chicago, The First Tee of Naples/Collier, The First Tee of Pittsburgh, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley, The First Tee of West Michigan, The First Tee of the Triangle, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas and The First Tee of Atlanta. The remaining three Chapters making their debut at the 2017 event include The First Tee of the Twin Cities, The First Tee of Baltimore and The First Tee of Cleveland.

“Representing Chicago in the 2016 First Tee Champions Challenge, winning the tournament and having my name in the event’s history is an honor I will never forget,” said Abdel Raoul, The First Tee of Chicago participant and one of the 2016 Champions. “The event provided a VIP experience, including inside the ropes exposure and access to the PGA TOUR Champions players. All the First Tee participants showed terrific sportsmanship throughout the Challenge demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends from across the country and thank The First Tee of Naples/Collier and the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau for being amazing hosts.”

During the 2017 event, 24 participants will play a total of nine holes each of the three days of competition with an alternative format each day. On Friday, the teams will play in a scramble, followed by a modified alternate shot on Saturday and closing with a better ball format on Sunday. The Chapter in which earns the highest amount of points throughout all three formats will be named the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge winners.

“We are thrilled to once again extend our support to the ever-growing Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge as it returns to the Chubb Classic,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The amount of dedication and the impressive skillset these junior golfers bring to the game is admiral to golfers and fans of all ages. We look forward to another exciting year and wish all First Tee participants great success in this year’s event.”

Chubb Classic Celebrates 30 Years in SW Florida

Tickets on Sale Now – Chubb Reduces Prices as Thank You to Community

NAPLES, Fla.  – The Chubb Classic, a signature event in SW Florida, will celebrate its 30th year in Naples, February 13-19, 2017 at The TwinEagles Club.  The tournament is the longest standing event in one metropolitan area on the PGA TOUR Champions.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Chubb Classic, tournament officials announce today.  To recognize the support of fans and the SW Florida community, Chubb and the tournament are reducing general admission ticket prices by up to 40% for the 2017 event.

“The fact that this event has been in one place for 30 years and counting speaks volumes about the community we live in,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “SW Florida has really embraced this event since day one and because of that, we continue to have the honor to host the legends of the game right here in our back-yard.”

Daily admission tickets for the 2017 tournament cost $15 per ticket and weekly general admission tickets cost $30 per ticket.  Kids, 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

A limited number of upgraded tickets are available in the Talon Club for $125 per day.  The upgraded ticket provides admission to a premium viewing deck overlooking the 18th green and includes food and beverage, as well as an on-site parking pass.

“I’ve worked in several markets through my career in the golf industry and this community truly is special,” said Matt Hilliker, Tournament Director.  “The support this event has received throughout its 30 year history is remarkable.  Reducing ticket prices is our way of saying thank you to our fans for their continued support of the Chubb Classic.”

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900.

Naples Daily News Honorary Observer Contest

Enter the Naples Daily News Honorary Observer contest to win the experience of a lifetime! Each winner will get the chance to walk inside the ropes with the legends of the PGA TOUR as they compete in the Chubb Classic, February 17 – 19 at TwinEagles.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity and sign up today! One winner for each round of Championship play (Friday through Sunday) will be chosen.

Tickets Now Available for 2017 Chubb Classic

Tickets for the 2017 Chubb Classic are now available!

Ticket options by may be purchased online or over the phone by calling the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900. Please see ticketing options in detail below.

TALON CLUB HOSPITALITY

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Enjoy Championship play from some of the best seats at the Tournament and experience the 18th Green excitement within the Talon Club, an open-air hospitality suite, inclusive of appetizers, beer and wine. Hospitality tickets are valid for access to an on-site VIP parking lot (valid for respective day only).

Daily Talon Club – $125 (valid any one day, Friday through Sunday)

Weekly Talon Club – $325 (valid Friday through Sunday)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

GENERAL ADMISSION

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General admission tickets provide grounds access to the Tournament venue on respective day. Public viewing bleacher seating and various concession areas located throughout the course for spectators.

Daily General Admission – $15 (valid any one day, Tuesday through Sunday)

Weekly General Admission – $30 (valid Tuesday through Sunday)

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

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Bernhard Langer Crowned 2016 Chubb Classic Champion

Final-Round Notes – Saturday, February 14, 2016

Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-70s. Winds from the NW at 8-15 mph.

Final Leaderboard

Position Name Score
1 Bernhard Langer 62-66-73-201/-15
2 Fred Couples 68-70-66-204/-12
T3 Scott Dunlap 69-66-70-205/-11
Kenny Perry 68-67-70-205/-11
Jesper Parnevik 69-69-67-205/-11
T6 Scott Hoch 68-72-66-206/-10
Brandt Jobe 70-69-67-206/-10
Todd Hamilton 70-68-68-206/-10

Despite posting a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday, Bernhard Langer still managed to prevail by three strokes over Fred Couples and claim the inaugural Chubb Classic at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, the 26th victory in his PGA TOUR Champions career. Langer had started the day with a seven-stroke advantage, but did not make his first birdie until No. 11 as others began to close the gap, including Couples. During a seven-hole stretch, Couples ran off four birdies and an eagle to get within two strokes with a birdie at No. 17 and a Langer bogey at No. 15. However, Couples saw his chances derailed when he made a bogey at No. 18 which increased Langer’s lead to three strokes. Despite a third bogey at No. 18, Langer held on to claim his third Chubb Classic crown.

With His Victory…..

  • Wins his 26th victory on the PGA TOUR Champions and moves into third place on

the all-time victory list behind Hale Irwin (45 wins) and Lee Trevino (29).

  • Goes wire-to-wire for the sixth time in his career as well as the fourth year in succession with a wire-to-wire victory
  • Wins this event for the third time (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • Wins at least one event for the 10th consecutive year, one shy of Hale Irwin’s record.
  • Wins his sixth PGA TOUR Champions event in Florida
  • Moves to the top of the 2016 money list as well as the Charles Schwab Cup race.

Bernhard Langer wins a second event on the PGA TOUR Champions for the third time. Langer also won the 2007 Administaff Small Business Classic, 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic, and 2014 Insperity Invitational.

With the win, Bernhard Langer became the 16th consecutive winner to come out of the final

grouping at this tournament. The last time it didn’t happen was in 2000 when Lanny Wadkins needed a final-round 64 to rally from three strokes back and eventually triumphed in a playoff.

In seven appearances in this tournament, Langer owns three wins, a pair of second-place finishes, a T3 and a T4. He has amassed $1,152,267, an average of $164,610 per start.

By going wire-to-wire Bernhard Langer became just the fourth winner in the 29-year history of the tournament to earn that distinction. Langer also went wire-to-wire in 2013. The other two winners were Lee Trevino (1990) and Allen Doyle (1999).

After an absence of six years, Fred Couples enjoyed another successful tournament in Naples. A winner in 2010, Couples made a late run at Bernhard Langer, finishing three strokes back and in sole possession of second place.

Bernhard Langer’s 1-over-par 73 ended a streak of 19 consecutive sub-par rounds dating back to last year.

Jesper Parnevik had his best finish on the PGA TOUR Champions with his T3 finish. It included a 5-under-par 67 in the final round.

Brandt Jobe, the medalist at last fall’s National Qualifying Tournament in Scottsdale, finished T6 in just his third start on the PGA TOUR Champions.

Defending champion Lee Janzen finished T17.