FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2011
Tom Sprouse – HNS Sports Group
Mark Blais – Harrah’s LV Golf
WENDY’S 3-TOUR CHALLENGE
6189 Memorial Drive
DUBLIN, OHIO 43017
(614) 764-4710 (fax)
WHO: WENDY’S 3-TOUR CHALLENGE
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, benefiting The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is the only professional golf tournament that pits three players from the PGA TOUR, LPGA and Champions Tour against each other in a head-to-head competition for tour bragging rights and a share of the $1 million purse.
WHAT: PGA TOUR TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT
BRANDT SNEDEKER ▪ BOO WEEKLEY ▪ GARY WOODLAND
Brandt Snedeker is enjoying a career season in 2011 and is emerging as one of the TOUR’s top players. With seven top-10 finishes, including a victory at The Heritage, Snedeker closed the 2011 FedExCup playoff points race in eighth place and is currently ranked No. 14 on the PGA TOUR money list with more than $3.5 million, all career highs. He has finished in the top-25 in 14 out of the 16 cuts made so far this season, including two third and two fourth place finishes. A graduate of the Nationwide Tour, Snedeker has recorded a minimum of five top-10 finishes each of his past five seasons on the PGA TOUR and will be making his Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge debut this November at Rio Secco Golf Club.
Boo Weekley was a member of the winning 2010 Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge PGA TOUR team with Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. Weekley has two career PGA TOUR victories to his credit and was one of six rookies and an emotional leader on the winning 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup Team played at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned 2.5 points in three matches for the U.S., including a 4-and-2 win over Oliver Wilson in Sunday Singles. Weekley is a fan favorite who garnered worldwide attention for riding his driver “cowboy horse” style down the first fairway during the Ryder Cup, leading eventually to an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Gary Woodland is one of the brightest young stars on the PGA TOUR. The Topeka, Kansas native was an all state basketball star in high school. He also played basketball as a freshman for Washburn University in Topeka before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf. Since returning from a left shoulder injury in 2009, which required surgery and cut his PGA TOUR rookie season short, Woodland is having a breakout season in 2011. On strength of six top-10 finishes, including his first career PGA TOUR victory at the Transitions Championship and a runner up finish at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Woodland finished the regular FedExCup season ranked No. 10 and is currently ranked No. 18 on the PGA TOUR money list with a career high $3,353,416. This will be Woodland’s first Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge appearance.
WHERE: RIO SECCO GOLF CLUB
Gracefully draped across 240 acres in the foothills of the Black Mountain Range and located 15 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Rio Secco Golf Club is renowned for its world-class golf experience and acclaimed Butch Harmon School of Golf. The 7,318-yard, par 72 course was named in USA Today newspaper among the “Top Ten Golf Destinations in the World.” Offering instruction for newcomers and professionals alike, The Butch Harmon School of Golf is famed for working with such talents as Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Dustin Johnson and Natalie Gulbis. Located in Henderson, Nevada, Rio Secco is a Caesars Entertainment golf destination. Other Caesars Entertainment golf courses are: Grand Bear, in Biloxi, Mississippi; The Links at Cottonwoods, in Tunica, Mississippi; the historic Atlantic City Country Club, in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Chariot Run, in Laconia, Indiana; Cascata, in Boulder City, Nevada; and Caesars Golf Macau. More information about Rio Secco Golf Club is available online at www.riosecco.net; Ph (702) 777-2400.
WHEN: NOVEMBER 8, 2011 – GENERAL ADMISSION IS FREE
TELEVISION AIR DATE & TIME – PREMIERES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 AT 8:00 PM EST
TELECAST AIRED EXCLUSIVELY ON GOLF CHANNEL
WHY: TO RAISE CHARITY DOLLARS FOR WENDY’S 3-TOUR CHALLENGE
PRIMARY BENEFICIARY, DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 145,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and advocacy initiatives. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.
HOW: General admission to the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge is FREE
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