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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - In less than two months some of the best golfers in the world will be making their way to Sycamore Hills Golf Club as Fort Wayne is set to host the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four Web.com Tour Finals events.
The tournament will have a role in determining 50 players who earn their PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season. Competing alongside the top 75 Web.com tour players will be some of the PGA golfers ranked 126th through 200 in the FedEx points chase.
"If the tournament were to start right now, that would include major champions like Trevor Immelman, Retief Goosen, Mike Weir, and John Daly just to name a few," says tournament director Duke Butler IV.
The Hotel Fitness Championship would be a desirable destination for any golfer eligible due to the $1 million purse, including a $180,000 check for the winner.
Butler says the PGA estimates the Hotel Fitness Championship will have an economic impact of $5-6 million for the Fort Wayne area. They expect from 5,000 to 10,000 spectators per day for the event that runs from August 26 through September 1.
Sycamore Hills general manager/C.O.O. Eric Schneider says the course is a perfect set-up for an event like this, and adds they are making many improvements to enhance the experience for players and fans. That includes the construction of two 3,700 square foot cottages that can be rented and the Turning Point restaurant that overlooks the 18th green.
The Hotel Fitness Championship will also be televised on the Golf Channel, exposing the event to over 180 countries.
The event is also pairing with the Mad Anthonys Charity Classic (August 26) and the Chick Evans Memorial Pro-Am (August 28) to provide golf fans a full week of activities.
INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS:
As volunteer recruitment for the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship at Fort Wayne's Sycamore Hills Golf Club nears completion, the tournament is looking to fill the few remaining positions. Those interested in getting involved with the biggest golf event in the Hoosier state this year are encouraged to sign up by July 31, the Western Golf Association has announced.
Nearly 800 volunteers are being called upon to make the Aug. 26–Sept. 1 tournament a success. Among the remaining positions are key operational committees, such as:
- Walking scorers: Walking with a group of players and tracking scoring data on handheld electronic devices.
- Standard bearers: Walking with a group of players and carrying a Standard (sign) displaying their scores in relation to par.
- Admissions: Assisting with selling tournament tickets at admission gates, checking for proper admission credentials, distributing spectator guides with pairing information and collecting prohibited items.
The volunteer package includes two Hotel Fitness Championship golf shirts and a ball cap or visor. In addition, each volunteer will be provided with a credential valid for all seven days of the championship, allowing them the chance to be a spectator when not working. Every volunteer will also receive one weekly ticket for guest entry to the Championship as well as complimentary parking and catered food and beverage. Volunteers are asked to purchase the volunteer package at a cost of $50 and to work a minimum of three shifts spanning 15-20 hours during the course of the Championship.
Members of Fort Wayne area golf clubs are encouraged to register as marshals, especially those whose golf clubs are assisting with the Hotel Fitness Championship's marshaling program. Participating clubs include:
- Cobblestone Golf Course
- Cedar Creek Golf Club
- Chestnut Hills Golf Club
- Coyote Creek Golf Club
- Fort Wayne Country Club
- Foster, McMillen, and Shoaff Golf Courses
- Glendarin Hills Golf Club
- Noble Hawk Golf Course
- Orchard Ridge Country Club
- Pine Valley Country Club
- Sycamore Hills Golf Club
- Whispering Creek Golf Club
The Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four newly created Web.com Tour Finals events for 2013 that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR's enhanced qualifying system. The tournament will bring estimated economic impact to the Fort Wayne area of $4-5 million.
"Volunteers are vital in making the tournament successful and positions are filling up quickly," said Duke Butler IV, tournament director, on behalf of the WGA. "Not only will volunteers be helping the community put its best foot forward, but it's a great way to see the Hotel Fitness Championship up close, and we encourage volunteers to come be a spectator when not working."
For area residents and visitors, volunteering is one of the best ways to be a part of the action. Those interested in volunteering can submit an official volunteer application by visiting www.HotelFitnessChampionship.com and clicking the "Volunteer" link. They will be asked to submit an application with three committee preferences.
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