WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP EARNS “BEST OF” AWARD AT PGA TOUR TOURNAMENT MEETINGS
PGA TOUR event honored for Most Fan-Friendly Event for second-straight year
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on Dec 7. For the second-consecutive year, the Wyndham Championship earned the award for Most Fan-Friendly Event during the 2016 tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. The tournament has earned at least one “Best Of” award each of the last five years.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am pleased to congratulate the Wyndham Championship for the special recognition it has received,” said Andy Pazder, PGA TOUR chief tournaments and competitions officer. “The tournament staff should be extremely proud of its hard work and for being recognized as the best among its peers on the TOUR.”
The Most Fan-Friendly Event award recognizes the tournament that offers the best fan experience, from ticket package options and accessibility, to food, amenities and the overall onsite special activities and events.
Sponsored by Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, the Wyndham Championship operates under the message “Welcome to the Wyndham. You’ve earned this.® ” The tournament aims to make the week a vacation for all guests providing ticket, dining and transportation options for all budgets and offering services like comfortable seating, misting stations, charging stations and covered grandstands.
The tournament features fun and entertainment for every kind of fan. Coming off the Most Fan-Friendly Event award in 2015, the tournament added the Sunbrella Sun Deck, an elevated fan complex with concessions, shaded seating and the #WyndhamChamp Social Gallery, as well as Midtown Mash-Up, featuring regional food trucks and games. Fan-favorites returned including the Sunbrella Comfort Zone, two Tito’s Vodka Lounges, the BB&T Fan Pavilion, a Military Outpost off No. 10 fairway, and Margaritaville at The Wyndham. Also new in 2016, families enjoyed the Kids Adventure Zone, which included bungee jumping, rock climbing, face painting and performances by PBS Kids Host Mr. Steve.
The stars off the course rivaled those inside the ropes as the 2016 edition featured appearances by NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm, country music superstar Eric Church and singer, songwriter and businessman Jimmy Buffett, who gave a surprise performance at Margaritaville.
“On behalf of our friends and partners at Wyndham Worldwide, we are honored to be recognized by the PGA TOUR again this year,” tournament director Mark Brazil said. “After winning this award last year, we didn’t want to be satisfied with what we had so we came back with several great new fan venues this year to continue our tournament’s evolution. It also helped having people like Jimmy Buffett, Mia Hamm, Eric Church and Kevin Harvick a part of tournament week. We appreciate this award and thank Wyndham Worldwide and BB&T for their commitment to making our event one of the best on the PGA TOUR.”
The 2017 Wyndham Championship, won this year by Si Woo Kim, will be held August 14-20, 2017 at Sedgefield Country Club.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 30 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2015, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $160 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.3 billion.
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About the Wyndham Championship:
The 78th annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 14-21, 2017. Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors. Tickets are available at http://www.wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Worldwide, presenting sponsor BB&T and Premier Partners, Cadillac, Harris Teeter, Lincoln Financial, McConnell Golf, Sunbrella®, Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament information and sponsorship information are available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com. Stay connected with the Wyndham Championship through its social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr and YouTube.