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August 31, 2010
Arnold Palmer, Honorary Chairman of Mylan Classic
CANONSBURG, PA. -- One of Western Pennsylvania's most prominent and respected native sons, Arnold Palmer, has agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman for the inaugural playing of his home state's new Nationwide Tour event, the Mylan Classic presented by CONSOL Energy.
The 2010 Mylan Classic will be played Sept. 2-5 at Southpointe Golf Club in the Pittsburgh suburb of Canonsburg, preceded by a pro-am on Sept. 1. All four rounds will be televised on Golf Channel in the U.S., with the event reaching 123 countries overseas.
"I gladly accepted this offer when approached by Rod Piatt," said Palmer. "I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the Nationwide Tour and the significant impact it has on the PGA TOUR. Now in its 21st year, the Tour has done much to advance the level of competition in professional golf and prepare many of the sport's most talented young players for life on the PGA TOUR. I congratulate Mylan and key supporting sponsors CONSOL Energy and Dick's Sporting Goods for bringing this wonderful event to the golf fans of Western Pennsylvania. I hope they come out in big numbers to support the tournament."
"Having Mr. Palmer's support of the inaugural Mylan Classic at Southpointe is a true honor and I know that all of the golf fans in Western Pennsylvania are proud to have such a goodwill ambassador of golf associated with this exciting event," said Rod Piatt, who is Mylan Classic Co-Chairman along with Jeff Kotula of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
Added Mylan Chairman and CEO Robert J. Coury, "We feel truly privileged that Arnold Palmer will be participating in the Mylan Classic in this very special way. While his golf career has certainly been nothing short of legendary, his reputation for helping to raise funds for numerous charitable organizations is just as impressive. He is the perfect Honorary Chairman for an event that combines the celebration of golf with the desire to give back to our local community and its charities."
"Arnold Palmer is synonymous with golf in Western Pennsylvania and has been for 60 years," said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee. "It is very fitting that he lend his name and reputation to help launch the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic in what amounts to his backyard. Mr. Palmer has always been very supportive of the Nationwide Tour and we can't thank him enough for providing his seal of approval to this new tournament."
Palmer was born and raised in Latrobe, Pa., about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh. The 1974 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee spends his summer months in his beloved Latrobe and plays regularly at Latrobe Country Club, which he owns and operates.
Palmer is a self-professed fan of the Nationwide Tour, and his grandson, Sam Saunders, who aspires to play on the PGA TOUR, made his national professional debut last September at the Nationwide Tour's Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft in Idaho.
Posted by scurry at 03:04 PM
August 13, 2010
PALMER ATTENDS U.S. OIL OPEN WHICH RAISES OVER $2.2 MILLION TO HELP FIGHT POVERTY
HOLLANDTOWN, WI - Arnold Palmer joined Nancy Lopez at this year's U.S. Oil Open where the event raised more than $2.2 million for charity, a record for the 25th annual event.
Despite soggy conditions, 800 golfers teed off at several local courses with the goal to raise money to help fight poverty.
LPGA legend Nancy Lopez attended last year and invited Palmer to join her this year. Both legends spoke at the banquet dinner.
"It's a great pleasure to be here with Nancy Lopez and to support this wonderful program," said Palmer. "I understand that over the years, 25 to be exact, they have really done great things for the local community and local charities and that's why I'm here."
"It's important because we need an uplift right now in this economic situation and anything I can do to help push that, I'm trying to do," added Palmer.
The money will be donated to the Basic Needs Giving Partnership with the J.J. Keller Foundation and other local area community foundations with the purpose of fighting the root causes of poverty in northeast Wisconsin.
Posted by scurry at 09:36 AM
August 04, 2010
Palmer at the 3M Championship
Blaine, MN – Golf legend Arnold Palmer will be attending the 3M Championship at the TPC Twin Cities – an Arnold Palmer designed course – and playing in the annual Greats of Golf Challenge Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8th.
Defending 3M Championship champion Bernhard Langer is trying to extend his current winning streak to three in a row. Langer is hot coming off back-to-back Champions Tour major victories at the Senior British Open and the U.S. Senior Open in a two-week period.
Palmer will personally fly his Cessna Citation X to the Twin Cities from his home in Latrobe, PA.
The Greats of Golf Challenge, presented by Post-it Brand Products, features nine PGA Champions Tour professional playing in a three-person team, better-ball format.
Last year Team Army (Arnold Palmer, Al Geiberger, Don January) shot a -22 winning in a playoff against Team Ryder Cup (Billy Casper, Tony Jacklin, Gene Litter) -22 and Team International (Chi Chi Rodriguez, Lee Trevino, Charles Coody) -21.
Team Army 2010 will consist of Palmer, Miller Barber and Don January.
"The 3M Championship is a great event that I really enjoy." said Palmer. "It's a lot of fun to play golf with these guys."
Last year was also the first year which offered free admission, parking and shuttles to the public.
"It's very exciting that the 3M Championship is giving golf fans the opportunity to see this great event for free." said Palmer. "I also hope this offer will introduce the sport of golf to some new people as well."
Posted by scurry at 11:22 AM