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2/28/2019 Member News

2019 Valspar Championship Fact Sheet

 

A 72-hole PGA TOUR® official event part of the season-long FedExCup. Televised by broadcast partners at the Golf Channel and NBC and distributed to more than

230 countries in 30 languages with reach to over 1 billion potential homes.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday, March 17                  Veterans Alternative Copperhead 5K

Monday, March 18                 Veterans Alternative Pro-Celebrity-Am  

                                                                                             (admission gates closed)

Tuesday, March 19                 Professional Practice Rounds

Morgan Stanley Executive Women’s Day presented by Great Bay Distributors

Evening Gala-Pairings Party (private)

                                    Wednesday, March 20            MetLife Championship Pro-Am – Copperhead Course

                                    Thursday, March 21                Valspar Championship - 1st Round

Friday, March 22                    Valspar Championship - 2nd Round

Saturday, March 23 -              Valspar Championship - 3rd Round

                                    (Chick-fil-A Moooving Day)      Valspar Partner Pro-Am – Island Course – 9am

                                             Valspar LIVE Concert presented by Chick-fil-A featuring Brad Paisley – Osprey Driving Range – 7pm                                  

                                    Sunday, March 24                  Valspar Championship - Final Round

                                    Monday, March 25                 Monday After Challenge presented by UnitedHealthcare  - 7:45am & 1pm

COURSE, FIELD, PURSE:

Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, Innisbrook, FL.  Copperhead Course (Par 71 – 7,340 yards).

144 PGA TOUR golfers compete.  2019 purse is $6.7 million, 1st place $1.206 million.

HISTORY:          

The tournament is operated by a not-for-profit organization, Copperhead Charities, Inc., a volunteer group of Tampa Bay area community leaders known as the Copperheads. The members have the dual ambition of raising money for charity and providing golf fans with the best in PGA TOUR competition.  The organization’s

history of success is shown by more than $41 million raised for charities since 1977.

The Copperheads have a 40-year history of aiding Tampa Bay area charities through professional golf. The Copperheads’ first professional competition was a

mixed-team event of PGA TOUR and LPGA pros in 1977. Since 2000, they have run a full field PGA TOUR event. Once held in the fall, the tournament joined the

Florida Swing in the spring of 2007.

Defending Champion Paul Casey joins a distinguished list of past champions who include Jordan Spieth  (2015), K.J. Choi (‘02 & ’06), Retief Goosen (‘03 & ’09), Vijay Singh (2004), Jim Furyk (2010) and Luke Donald (2012).  Singh and Furyk went on to win PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors in their victorious year, while Donald’s win elevated him to #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. 

BENEFITING:      

Since 1977, more than $41 million has been generated for local charities by the Copperheads, including over $2.6 million in 2018. More than 50 Tampa Bay area

charities actively participate in Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities. This is a grass roots fundraising program designed to give 501(c)(3) charities an opportunity to raise money for their organizations based on the number of “birdies” made by contestants during the tournament.  Main charities supported by general tournament

proceeds are Habitat for Humanity, The First Tee and Big Cat Rescue.  The event generates an estimated $50 million economic impact annually.

TICKETS:

Tickets purchased in advance are: $39 per specific day Thursday/Friday/Sunday; $49 Saturday.  $49 good any one day (Thursday-Sunday), and $125 for a weekly badge. Kids 15 and under are FREE all week when accompanied by a ticketed adult.  Active duty and retired military receive complimentary admission.  Wednesday tickets are $10 at the Gates.  Ticket information may be found on the tournament website at www.ValsparChampionship.com.

 

ORGANIZATION:  

There are approximately 130 Copperheads, led by a 20-member Board of Directors. Keith Robinson is General Chairman, Jim Eisch is Vice-General Chairman, Les Muma is Immediate Past General Chairman and Tracy West is the Tournament Director. An experienced tournament staff, more than 2,000 volunteers and the Tampa Bay community all contribute to the tournament’s success.  Title sponsor is Valspar (paint/coatings), which is a brand owned by Sherwin-Williams,