IRVING, TX – Choctaw Casinos & Resorts has agreed to a wide-ranging, four-year partnership with ClubCorp, which will see the organization be the presenting sponsor of the inaugural ClubCorp Classic, April 19-24, at Las Colinas Country Club. The event will feature the best of the PGA Tour Champions playing together with sports and entertainment celebrities in separate competitions, as well as an amateur match that will bring ClubCorp members inside the ropes to play side-by-side with the pros and stars.
“We are thrilled to partner with the ClubCorp Classic and the PGA TOUR Champions as both organizations share a culture centered around respect, innovation and entertainment,” said Janie Dillard, Senior Executive Office for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “We look forward to connecting with both fans and players in fun and unique ways to not only help grow the event but to maximize the charitable impact for the community.”
The ClubCorp Classic will benefit Momentous Institute, a North Texas non-profit dedicated to building and repairing social and emotional health so that all children can achieve their full potential. The tournament will also highlight ClubCorp’s Gateway Program with First Tee, which opens the doors of ClubCorp private clubs to First Tee junior golf participants with a focus on growing diversity within ClubCorp clubs and throughout the golf industry. The program provides First Tee participants with junior golf memberships, which include tee times, use of the practice areas and the opportunity to compete in events. Club members and staff serve as mentors to the youth, empowering them to build their strength of character on and off the course.
“The ClubCorp Classic presented by Choctaw Casinos & Resorts will deliver world-class competition, top-tier celebrities and entertainment alongside the best in hospitality, making this partnership a perfect fit,” said David Pillsbury, CEO of ClubCorp. “Choctaw Casinos & Resorts is well-known throughout our region for the important role they play in entertainment, their high-end level of hospitality and attention to detail as well as the work they do in the community. They are an ideal partner in the launch and growth of this spectacular event.”
The ClubCorp Classic will feature 78 PGA Tour Champions professionals and 50 sports and entertainment stars. The PGA Tour Champions professionals will play 54 holes of stroke play for a purse of $2 million, along with the celebrities in a separate $500,000 competition utilizing a modified Stableford scoring format.