Yesterday’s young guns could soon be back on the fairways of the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort for the PGA’s TOURS Champions Tour– THE TUCSON CLASSIC.
This year Davis Love III, Scott Verplank, Billy Andrade, Miguel Angel Jimenz and Lee Janzen hit 50 and top the Champions Tour eligible list. Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open Champion, earned his first of eight PGA Tour wins at the 1992 Tucson Open on the Catalina Course.
Here in Tucson, “It’s déjà vu all over again,” as Yogi Berra famously quipped – the Conquistadores couldn’t agree more. The 52-year old civic group hosted and operated the PGA Tour Tucson Open from 1966 through 2006 and Omni Tucson National served as the venue for 30 of those tournaments.
Joe Brossart, the Conquistadors’ 2015 tournament chairman, said the group’s responsibilities have greatly expanded with the Tucson Classic compared to its hospitality and sales roles for the 2007-2014 World Golf Championships-Acenture Match Play Championships. “Fortunately, there are a hundred-plus Conquistadors who have decades of experience on planning and operating every aspect of a pro golf tournament from start to finish,” said Brossart. “We’re ready to make Tucson proud.”
WHAT THE PLAYERS ARE SAYING…
Many of us now playing on the Champions Tour who have played in Tucson in the past are very excited to be coming back for a new tournament next year. The opportunity to be a part of the rich history of golf in Tucson is quite rewarding, and we all look forward to rekindling our involvement with your community.”
— Hale Irwin; Played in Tucson 1981-83, 1987-88
I’m pleased to hear the champions Tour is coming to Tucson. The Conquistadores do so much for the young people in the community and it’s great news that professional golf retains a presence in the city.”
— Tom Lehman; Played in Tucson 1988, 2004
All the players on the Champions Tour are enthusiastic about returning to Tucson…I’m really happy the event will be on our schedule next year. After all, I was the last one to claim that Conquistador helmet.”
— Kirk Triplett; Played in Tucson 1990-95, 1997-99, 200-03; won the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson
The Tucson Classic– Just The Facts:
The Format: Champions Tour, 54-hole, no-cut stroke play format
The Details: 81-player field competing for $1.7 million
Pro-Am: Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19, 2015
Pro Competition: Friday-Sunday, March 20-22, 2015
Pro-Am sign-up, tickets and information: (520) 571-0400
The Tucson Classic will be broadcast on the Golf Channel, the exclusive cable provider of the Champions Tour, reaching in excess of 205 countries and territories and more than 145 million households.
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Presented by Golf Arizona Magazine – Contributing Writer: Joan Liess