Golf to Paradise â€“ First Tee Champions Challenge to Celebrate 15th Anniversary in Naples, Feb. 18-20
20 First Tee Students Representing 10 First Tee Chapters to Compete in Three-Day Tournament in Conjunction with the Chubb Classic Presented by SERVPRO
NAPLES, Fla., Feb. 16, 2022 – The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary this week, when 20 First Tee participants representing 10 Chapters throughout the country converges upon Southwest Florida to compete in a three-day championship in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the Chubb Classic presented by SERVPRO, Feb. 18-20.
In partnership with the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will feature three nine-hole rounds of competition, with an alternate format each day on three of Naples’ premier golf courses. On Friday, the teams will play in a scramble format at The Moorings Country Club; Saturday will be a better-ball format at Royal Poinciana Golf Club (Pines Course); and Sunday will be alternate shot format at Lely Golf and Country Club (Flamingo Course). The chapter that earns the highest amount of points throughout all three formats will be named 2022 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge winners.
Prior to competition, the First Tee students will participate in a special First Tee Champions Challenge Clinic presented by Premier Packaging, taking place on the back of the driving range on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET at Tiburón Golf Club with PGA TOUR Champions players. The First Tee participants also will participate in the “Keep Collier Beautiful Beach Clean Up” volunteer service activity on Saturday morning prior to their second-round play at Royal Poinciana.
“As a destination that is recognized nationally and globally for our outstanding golf amenities and resorts, sponsoring the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge in partnership with the Chubb Classic is a natural fit for us,” said Paul Beirnes, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “Introducing the next generation of golfers to the sport at this level and seeing the life-changing skills they acquire through their interactions with some of the PGA TOUR’s top talent only enhances our commitment. We look forward to seeing these junior golfers back in Naples to compete on a professional level in the near future.”
"First Tee – Naples/Collier is honored to once again be the host charity of the Chubb Classic and hosting the annual Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge," said First Tee – Naples/Collier executive director Cindy Darland. "We look forward to welcoming the First Tee participants from around the country for a tremendous week, and we wish all First Tee participants great success in this year’s event.”
The First Tee Chapters and participants include:
Ty Kaufman First Tee – Naples/Collier
Julian Alonso First Tee – Naples/Collier
Bradley Lardie First Tee – West Michigan
Adam Koval First Tee – West Michigan
Dylan Callaway First Tee – Pittsburgh
Daniel McCloskey First Tee – Pittsburgh
Brant Dattilo First Tee – the Triangle
Ava Heaton First Tee – the Triangle
Gabriella Ishaq First Tee – Minnesota
Matthew Stolte First Tee – Minnesota
Slade Aliff First Tee – Roanoke Valley
Caroline Gilreath First Tee – Roanoke Valley
Devin Carpenter First Tee – Greater Philadelphia
Isabella Magno First Tee – Greater Philadelphia
Kaylee Dwyer First Tee – Chicago
Annika Northey First Tee – Chicago
Zara Karim First Tee – Greater Washington, D.C.
Kyndall Campbell First Tee – Greater Washington, D.C.
Brant Tretter First Tee – Indiana
Sam Reising First Tee – Indiana
The Chubb Classic presented by SERVPRO is celebrating its 35th anniversary as the longest-standing PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested in the same metropolitan area, tournament organizers will welcome back fans to the 2022 Chubb Classic with a variety of ticket options that are now available and can be purchased exclusively at www.ChubbClassic.com.
There are four ticket options for fans interested in attending the 2022 Chubb Classic:
Good-Any-One Day Grounds:
$25. General admission daily grounds, valid Thursday, Feb. 17 (Pro-Am), and Friday-Sunday, Feb. 18-20 (tournament rounds).
$40. General admission daily grounds, valid Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 17-20.
Legends Lounge 17th Green Suite:
$125 per day. Private luxury suite offering exclusive views of the 17th green. Includes hot appetizers, afternoon snacks, soft drinks and cash bar.
ULTRA Club 18th Green Suite:
$400 per day. Private luxury suite overlooking the 18th green. Includes premium full lunch buffet, open bar and valet parking.
Tiburón Golf Club, the only facility to host a PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and LPGA Tour event in the same calendar year, features two 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf courses, The Gold and The Black. The Black Course, which opened in 2001, has a very distinctive look with its pine straw-lined fairways, crushed coquina waste areas and undulating greens nestled amidst acres of pine trees and native Florida foliage. The Black Course is designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International to protect and enhance its natural surroundings.
The 2021 Chubb Classic was contested in April at The Black Course at Tiburón Golf Club, where Steve Stricker captured his sixth PGA TOUR Champions victory by one stroke over Robert Karlsson and Alex Cejka.
About Tiburón Golf Club
Located in Naples, Florida, Tiburón Golf Club, managed by Troon Golf features two 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed golf courses, The Gold and The Black. Tiburón is home to the LPGA Tour's CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR's QBE Shootout and is consistently rated among the top 20 golf facilities in Florida by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Tiburón's Gold Course opened in 1998 and the Black Course opened in 2001. Both courses play to a par of 72 and feature five sets of tees. The Gold Course can play as long as 7,382 yards, while The Black Course can play up to 6,949 yards from the championship tees. The 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples sits adjacent to the two award-winning courses, while the 450-room Ritz-Carlton beach hotel is just a few miles away. The semi-private club has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. Tiburón's 27,000-square foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse features three dining rooms, private member locker rooms and lounge areas, as well as an award-winning golf shop.
Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London, Paris and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: chubb.com.
About The Chubb Classic
The Chubb Classic has been held in Naples, FL, since 1988 and features stars from the PGA TOUR Champions competing over 54 holes for a share of $1.6 million in prize money. Past champions include legends of the game such as Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer. The event is owned and operated by Outlyr (formerly Eiger Marketing Group), a global marketing and event management agency that operates 12 professional golf tournaments across the country. Outlyr also operates a number of other sporting and lifestyle events and manages the sponsorship portfolio for several blue-chip clients. Visit www.ChubbClassic.com for more information.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour, on Instagram @pgatourchampions and on TikTok.
All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on GOLF Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Tournament programming is available via 20-plus TV linear partners in 170-plus countries and territories, with 25 channels carrying long-form and/or highlights coverage, and 170-plus hours of live coverage distributed in 130-plus countries and territories. Programming is also available via the OTT platform GOLFTV powered by PGA TOUR in every market outside of the United States (240-plus countries and territories), excluding China, Korea and Russia, with live coverage distributed in 130-plus countries and territories.
About Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades
Naples Marco Island and the Gulf Coast Everglades has a year-round laid-back atmosphere. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, endless dining delights, great golf, and the best of outdoor adventure, Florida’s Paradise Coast is truly a destination to discover. To start planning your visit, check out things to do and where to stay at ParadiseCoast.com, or call 800-688-3600.