PGA TOUR Legends to Tee Off at Inaugural Hoag Classic this March

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., January 21, 2019 — The Hoag Classic, Orange County’s only official PGA TOUR Champions event, premieres March 6 to 10, 2019, with presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank. The event will draw golf legends back to Newport Beach Country Club to compete for the $1.8 million purse.

With more than $20 million in total proceeds raised throughout its history, the tournament is one of the most successful philanthropic events on the PGA TOUR Champions. This year, newly minted as the Hoag Classic, the tournament’s net proceeds will benefit Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian’s programs and services, as well as other local charities.

“For one week each year, the international spotlight shines brightly on Orange County as we showcase the best of our community, as the tournament draws close to 70,000 guests, 200-plus sponsors and 800 volunteers,” said Jeff Purser, executive director of the Hoag Classic. “We are proud to name this event Hoag and to provide an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to and enhance the health and vitality of our wonderful county.”

“Hoag is proud to be a partner and beneficiary of the Hoag Classic,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “When Hoag opened its doors more than 65 years ago, our founders envisioned a hospital to serve those in need in Orange County. The Hoag Classic stands for the very same purpose – to benefit and help meet the needs of the local community.”

Golf legends such as Fred Couples, John Daly, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, 2018 Champion, Vijay Singh and newcomers Darren Clarke and Retief Goosen are expected to join more than 80 players to compete in the 2019 tournament. In years past, the Hoag Classic has featured players with more than 400 worldwide professional victories, including 50 major championships.  The event has also featured more than 40 PGA TOUR Championship members in the World Golf Hall of Fame, many of who are still competing. A current list of players is available at hoagclassic.com/player-field.

The Hoag Classic is an experience for the whole family. Attendees will have access to activations throughout the course, including Hoag Health Village presented by Blue Shield of California, Orange County Golf Zone, Corona Premier Pavilion, Coca-Cola Game Zone, PAU Maui Hawaiian Village and Autograph Arena.

On Monday, March 4 the third annual Womanology event, presented by Allergan, RightSourcing, Helton Law Group, and CIGNA, will feature a panel co-hosted by Hoag women’s health experts Allyson Brooks, M.D., and Grace Lozinski, M.D., discussing a variety of topics with Nirav Savalia, M.D.; Elizabeth Yanni, M.D.; Patricia De Marco Centeno, M.D.; Aditi Correa, M.D.; and Dipti Itchhaporia, M.D.

The annual “Breakfast with a Champion,” presented by Allergan, will be held in advance of the tournament on Tuesday, March 5 at Newport Beach Country Club, offering an exclusive opportunity to meet one of the PGA TOUR Champions up-close and personal.

On Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7, the Legends Pro-Am presented by Konica Minolta is the first event of tournament week open to the public. Attending these days gives fans an opportunity to catch golf legends in a more relaxed environment before the competition begins.

Schedule of Events

The Hoag Classic Championship Weekend will kick off on Friday, March 8 with Corporate Day presented by City National Bank, giving local business professionals an opportunity to get out of the office and engage with clients during the first round of competition. All City National Bank clients will receive complimentary admission when presenting a bank-related resource (such as a debit or credit card, check, etc.) at the admissions gate. After play, attendees are invited to listen to live music and enjoy appetizers presented by John Wayne Airport.

Saturday, March 9 will honor current and former servicemen and women with Military Appreciation Day presented by CoreLogic. All active duty, military reserve, National Guard, military retirees and veterans – and up to three guests each – will receive complimentary admission with food and beverage to thank them for their service.

For the Final Round on Sunday, March 10, students ages 18 and under will receive complimentary admission for Student Day presented by Kingston Technology. Youth can enjoy the Kids Fun Zone with a variety of games and prizes and participate in the putting contest with the opportunity to win tournament merchandise, tickets to local attractions and more. Kingston Technology and Hoag Charity Sports will also be awarding $70,000 in scholarships in support of The First Tee of Orange County to local students who have participated in the program.

Tickets

Good Any One Day tickets for the Hoag Classic are available online before the event for $25. Tickets purchased at the Main Gate on the day of the event are $30. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at participating Roger Dunn Golf Stores. Children age 11 and under receive complimentary admission.

For more information, visit HoagClassic.com.

ABOUT HOAG CLASSIC

For one week each year, the international spotlight shines brightly on Orange County’s only official PGA TOUR Champions event. Hosted at Newport Beach Country Club, the Hoag Classic, with Hoag as the title sponsor and presenting partners Konica Minolta and City National Bank, showcases golf legends such as Fred Couples, John Daly and Bernhard Langer as they compete with more than 80 players for the title. As one of the largest philanthropic events in PGA TOUR Champions history, the Hoag Classic has raised more than $20 million in total proceeds for Hoag’s program and services, as well as other local charities. For more information on tickets and the Championship Weekend featuring Corporate Day presented by City National Bank, Military Appreciation Day presented by CoreLogic, and Student Day presented by Kingston Technology, visit HoagClassic.com.

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