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April 27, 2011
ARNOLD PALMER SET FOR INAUGURAL UMPQUA BANK CHALLENGE
Palmer will be joined by other legends of the game
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 27, 2011) – Peter Jacobsen SPORTS today announced that Arnold Palmer has officially committed to the upcoming Umpqua Bank Challenge. Along with Tournament Host Peter Jacobsen, Palmer was the only player to compete in all 17 previous Challenge events.
"Arnold is considered to be the greatest ambassador that golf has ever known," said Jacobsen, "In trying to establish The Umpqua Bank Challenge I can't think of anyone better to have by my side. It means the world to me that he will be there."
A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Palmer has amassed 62 PGA TOUR victories, including seven major championships, and 10 Champions Tour victories, including two major championships. He was the first player in PGA TOUR history to reach $1 million in official career earnings and is tied with Jack Nicklaus for the record of most consecutive years winning at least one tournament (17).
"For 17 years I looked forward to coming to Portland and playing in The Challenge each summer," said Palmer, "I'm so pleased that Peter has brought back this great event and I can't wait to be there."
Joining Jacobsen and Palmer as members of the tournament's main field are John Cook, Ben Crenshaw, Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer and Fuzzy Zoeller.
- John Cook; Winner of 11 PGA TOUR tournaments and seven Champions tour tournaments, including two so far in 2011, Cook participated in 11 Challenge events, finishing in first place in 1994 and 2000 with then-partner Mark O'Meara.
- Ben Crenshaw; Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and winner of 19 PGA TOUR tournaments, including the 1984 and 1995 Masters Tournaments. Crenshaw participated in eight Challenge events, finishing in first place in 1991 with then-partner Paul Azinger.
- Jay Haas; Winner of nine PGA TOUR tournaments and 14 Champions Tour tournaments, including three major championships. The 2006 and 2008 Charles Schwab Cup winner, Haas participated in nine Challenge events, his best finish being a T2 in 1997 with then-partner Phil Mickelson.
- Bernhard Langer; Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and winner of three PGA TOUR tournaments, including two Masters Tournaments, 14 Champions Tour tournaments and 58 International tournaments. This will be Langer's first appearance in a Challenge event.
- Fuzzy Zoeller; A fan-favorite and winner of 10 PGA TOUR tournaments, including two major championships, and two Champions Tour tournaments, including one major championship. Zoeller participated in 12 Challenge events, his best finish being second place in 2001 with then-partner Jean Van de Velde.
Tickets for the 2011 Umpqua Bank Challenge will go on sale May 9. For the most up-to-date tournament information and news, including details on volunteering, ticket prices, parking and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.umpquabankchallenge.com or call (866) 503-2003.
About The Umpqua Bank Challenge
The Umpqua Bank Challenge, http://www.umpquabankchallenge.com, is a three-day exhibition-style golf tournament set for August 28-30, 2011 at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. The tournament will feature The Regence Pro-am on Sunday and The Umpqua Bank Challenge main field competition on Monday and Tuesday, where sixteen PGA TOUR professionals will pair into eight two-person teams and play for a $750,000 purse. Hosted by PGA TOUR professional and Portland-native Peter Jacobsen, proceeds from The Umpqua Bank Challenge will benefit the tournament's two partner charities; The Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and the "I Have a Dream" Foundation-Oregon.
About Peter Jacobsen SPORTS
Founded in 1988, Peter Jacobsen SPORTS, LLC, http://www.peterjacobsensports.com, is a full-service sports and entertainment marketing firm that specializes in event sales, management and operations, sponsorship consulting and player/talent relations. The company is independently owned and has more than 20 full-time employees across three offices – Portland, Ore., Bonita Springs, Fla., and Providence, R.I. Since its inception, PJS has managed more than 250 events around the United States.
About Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Bank, http://www.umpquabank.com, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ) and has 184 locations between San Francisco and Seattle, along the Oregon and Northern California Coast, and in Central Oregon and Northern Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for the past five years in a row on FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies To Work For." Umpqua Holdings also owns a retail brokerage subsidiary, Umpqua Investments Inc., which offers services through Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon. Umpqua's Private Bank Division serves high net worth individuals and non-profits providing customized financial solutions and offerings. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit http://www.umpquabank.com.
Posted by scurry at 09:00 AM
April 26, 2011
Arnold Palmer to play in Quail Hollow pro-am
Golf legend Arnold Palmer will play in the Wells Fargo Championship pro-am in Charlotte, NC on May 4 and be paired with his grandson.
The tournament announced Monday that Palmer will play with Sam Saunders, who is getting a sponsor exemption to play in the PGA TOUR event at Quail Hollow. Club president Johnny Harris will complete the threesome.
Palmer attended a dinner honoring the 50th anniversary of Quail Hollow Club last May and last played a public round in Charlotte when he competed in a Champions Tour event in 2001.
The course was originally designed by golf course architect George Cobb in 1961 to capture the beauty as well as challenging terrain of the Piedmont region.
From 1985 to 1986, Palmer and his golf course design company made modifications to holes 3, 7, 9, and 17.
Palmer, a long-time Quail Hollow member, has many friends at the club and for years had a home on the 15th hole.
Posted by scurry at 03:57 PM
April 14, 2011
AriZona Beverages & Arnold Palmer Introduce Arnold Palmer Peach Sweet Tea Half & Half
Woodbury, NY - AriZona Beverages USA, LLC and Arnold Palmer are excited to announce the latest addition to the popular Arnold Palmer Half & Half line with Arnold Palmer Peach Sweet Tea Half & Half. The tangy taste of peaches complements the delicious combination of southern style sweet tea and lemonade, making for a juicy variation of the classic combination.
The fresh peach taste has been added to create a delicious addition to the sweet tea and lemonade medley. Like all of AriZona’s products the Arnold Palmer Sweet Tea Peach Half & Half contains no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
The Arnold Palmer Peach Sweet Tea Half & Half’s distinct packaging makes it easily identifiable. The can portrays a young Arnold Palmer standing in a barn with his dog, Mulligan, overlooking a peach orchard. The setting is reminiscent of Palmer’s life in Latrobe, PA, while the peaches depict the tasty addition to the half & half combination inside.
Arnold Palmer Peach Sweet Tea Half & Half is available in 23-ounce cans and 64-ounce half gallons. The 23-ounce can comes with a suggested retail price of $0.99. The Arnold Palmer Peach Sweet Tea Half & Half has begun distribution in the Northeast and will continue to rollout nationally throughout 2011.
Arnold Palmer beverages are licensed under the authority of Innovative Flavors LLC, Orlando, FL.
AriZona Beverages USA LLC was founded in Brooklyn in 1971 by Don Vultaggio and John Ferolito and to this day remains a privately held and family-run American business based in Woodbury, NY. AriZona Beverages—makers of AriZona Iced Tea, waters, juices, energy drinks, sports drinks, and powdered tea mixes—is the leader in hot-filled beverages for the United States. AriZona’s mission is to create the highest quality products, that not only look great, but taste great and are affordable for people to buy. For more information, visit www.drinkarizona.com or www.arnoldpalmer.com.
Posted by scurry at 10:02 AM
April 11, 2011
PALMER TEE SHOT OPENS '11 MASTERS
Arnold Palmer returned to The Masters last Thursday to hit the ceremonial first tee shot, an honor previously bestowed upon revered champions such as Sam Snead and Byron Nelson. Palmer's long-time rival and friend, Jack Nicklaus, joined him in the honorary starter role, teeing off after him.
Just after day break, at 7:30 a.m., cheers hit the air the very moment Arnold Palmer emerged from the clubhouse to take the shortest walk in golf towards the first tee. Palmer hit a beautiful shot into the fairway and Nicklaus followed suit. An intense four days of competition at Augusta National ensued with 26-year-old South African Charl Schwartzel taking the green jacket on Sunday by two strokes.
"Augusta and this golf tournament has been about (as much) a part of my life as anything other than my family," Palmer said.
Naturally, most students of Mr. Palmer's fabled career will focus on his four Masters wins – in 1958. 1960. 1962 and 1964.
In 1958, the king stumbled to a closing 73, one over par, but still went over the winning line by one shot from defending champion Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins. Two years later, he had a similarly slim margin over Ken Venturi and in 1962 he beat both Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald in a playoff.
In 1964, though, it was an entirely different story as the King ran out a rampant six–shot winner over Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus.
"I am first very pleased to be a member of this club and to have the opportunities that the Masters has presented for me. Hopefully, every person who eventually plays here understands what it means and how I feel about it, and I suppose the effect it has had in my life." said Palmer.
Posted by scurry at 09:45 AM
April 01, 2011
PALMER AT THE 2011 MASTERS
Arnold Palmer’s string of consecutive playing appearances in the Masters Tournament ended at 50 when he competed for a final time in the 2004 championship, but Arnold Palmer will be in Augusta, Georgia, again this April, a stop he has made every year since 1955.
As he did last year, Palmer will go to Augusta Tuesday, April 5, to attend the Champions Dinner that evening in the historic Augusta National clubhouse. Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, hosts the dinner, at which virtually all of the living former winners of the classic event, playing or non-playing, will gather.
On Wednesday, April 6, Palmer plays the annual Par 3 Contest. First played in 1960 and won that year by Sam Snead, the Par 3 Contest has become a Wednesday tradition at the Masters. Tournament participants, non-competing past champions, and Honorary Invitees are invited to participate in the Contest. Palmer won the Par 3 Contest in 1967 in a playoff. The event will be televised on ESPN.
Palmer serves as the Honorary Starter on Thursday, April 7, with his long-time rival and friend Jack Nicklaus, each hitting tee shots on the first tee to launch the 2011 Masters. Palmer is just the seventh person to serve as Honorary Starter in the long history of the Masters, which began in 1934. Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod inaugurated the role in 1963. Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen took over in 1981 and Ken Venturi filled in for Nelson in 1983. Sam Snead joined Nelson and Sarazen in 1984. The position was vacant since Snead died following the 2002 Masters until the 2007 event when Palmer assumed the role for the first time.
"As you know, Augusta is one of my favorite places and the Masters has meant so much to me personally throughout my career. I have always been treated so warmly there by the patrons. I hope in some way I can show my gratitude to the fans who have followed and supported me these many years” said Palmer.
Posted by scurry at 03:16 PM