Governor Gary R. Herbert; Utah Sports Commission President and CEO, Jeff Robbins; PGA TOUR golfer Tony Finau; and President of the Web.com Tour, Alex Baldwin discuss the 2019 tournament
Salt Lake City (June 3, 2019) – The Utah Sports Commission, the host organization for the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship, provided sponsor updates, announced sponsor exemptions, and provided details on its partnership with the Tony Finau Foundation for the 2019 tournament
This year the Utah Championship enters its 28th year, making it one of the longest running stops on the Web.com Tour. Hosted at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah, the tournament showcases the future stars of the PGA TOUR as they compete for their PGA TOUR cards and a piece of a $725,000 prize purse, the second largest regular season purse on tour – this year’s champion will be awarded $130,500.
“Utahns admire great athletes. We admire skill, but more than anything, we admire the dedication it takes to become a great athlete and to develop remarkable skill,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “I look forward to seeing the remarkable athletes test themselves in Davis County this month and I wish them all the best of luck.“
The highly anticipated “biggest golf week in Utah” will feature fifteen hours of the Web.com Tour’s best players competing on the Golf Channel (9 hours live), bring significant media exposure and economic impact to Davis County and the surrounding communities, and highlight PGA TOUR star Tony Finau’s efforts to grow Utah golf by serving underprivileged communities.
Utah Championship organizers announced this year’s three unrestricted sponsor exemptions for the 2019 tournament to be held June 27-30. Earning the highly-coveted exemptions are Taylor Montgomery, Will Gordon and Preston Summerhays. These players will join the field of 156 golfers competing for the $725,000 prize purse and a shot at a PGA TOUR card. All 50 PGA TOUR cards will go to players competing on the Web.com Tour and will be awarded based on season long results as well as performance at the year ending championships.
“I’m excited to play in my first Web.com Tour event and to do so at the Utah Championship, a tournament with a rich history of great champions,” said Gordon. “I want to thank the Utah Sports Commission for giving me this opportunity.”
“This tournament showcases so many amazing golfers working toward their ultimate career goals that includes receiving these highly-coveted exemptions,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “As a partner of the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, and as host of the Utah Championship, the Utah Sports Commission is thrilled to award these talented athletes an exemption to Utah’s only PGA TOUR event.”
Tony Finau Foundation
The Utah Championship presented the Tony Finau Foundation with a $40,000 donation from a portion of the proceeds of last year’s event. To date, the Tony Finau Foundation has raised nearly $500,000, providing thousands of underprivileged children and their families with financial support, increased access to academic and recreational resources, family centered experiences, and a connection to a professional athlete whose personal background mirrors their own. In 2018, the tournament also donated $25,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
“Through this partnership with the Utah Sports Commission and Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, the Tony Finau Foundation will be able to further its efforts to support youth education and recreation programs,” said Finau. “I have fond memories of my hometown and want to give back by launching a development and mentorship program to assist a promising young player from Utah in reaching his or her dream of playing professionally one day and representing our proud state on the world stage.”
Tickets for the Utah Championship can be purchased online or onsite the week of the event. For information and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.utahchampionship.com or call 801.328.2372.
EVENT SCHEDULE (Events listed are subject to change)
Monday, June 24
Tony Finau Golf Classic Pro-Am 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 27
First Round 7:00 a.m. Gates Open
Friday, June 28
Second Round 7:00 a.m Gates Open (Cut to low 65 and ties)
Saturday, June 29
Third Round 8:00 a.m. Gates Open
Kids Clinic 4:00 p.m.
Sunday June 30
Final Round 8:00 a.m. Gates Open
The Champion’s trophy and check presentation will take place on the 18th green after completion of play (approximately 6:45 p.m.).
Jacey Sharping, Utah Sports Commission
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