Allianz Championship Celebrates its Silver Anniversary
The Allianz Championship celebrates its silver anniversary at Broken Sound when the Champions Tour returns to Boca Raton from February 1 through the 7th in 2016. The Championship has donated more than $1 million to local charities over the last 2 years.
But it was a battle for the tournament to last 10 months, much less 10 years.
When Allianz moved to Boca Raton in 2007, the world was entering its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. This global recession lasted until 2012.
“Those first years were tight, but we have grown into a strong community and corporate supported tournament,” said Allianz tournament director Ryan Dillon. “Once more and more companies and spectators saw what we were doing and learned how companies both big and small utilized the tournament to grow their business relationships, news began to spread and now we are able to really give serious dollars to the Boca Regional Hospital and many other local charities annually.”
The Allianz Championship recovered from that tenuous beginning to become one of the most financially-sound and appealing tournaments on the Champions Tour. The last two events have raised more than $1 million for local charities, including a record donation of more than $600,000 this year, with Boca Raton Regional Hospital receiving the majority of the charitable dollars.
“When Allianz took the championship to Boca Raton for the first time in 2007 it was during a difficult and challenging financial period for most companies, not only in the United States, but globally,” said Champions Tour President Greg McLaughlin. “It’s a testament to Allianz and all involved in the Allianz Championship, that the event has grown significantly over this past decade into one of the most stable and attractive tournaments on Tour. Our players look forward to getting their season under way at the first full-field event of the year at The Old Course at Broken Sound.”
The Allianz Championship is one of only eight tournaments on the Champions Tour (non-majors) that will host 10 consecutive events at the same site in 2016.
From its humble beginning, the Allianz Championship has grown into one of the marquee sporting events in South Florida, providing economic impact of almost $20 million to the golf-loving area while being telecast around the world on Golf Channel. Last year’s tournament had record attendance figures to watch Paul Goydos win with a birdie on the final hole in another thrilling finish.
Three of the nine Allianz winners at Broken Sound’s respected Old Course are former major champions – Corey Pavin (2012), Tom Lehman (2011) and hometown hero Bernhard Langer (2010).
The tournament also is known for its dramatic finishes. There have been three playoffs, four were decided by one shot and the other two by two shots. Last year, fans also got to witness Bart Bryant’s double-eagle on the final hole in the second round that vaulted him into a share of the lead. It was the first albatross on the Champions Tour in five years.
For sponsorship and ticket information, go to www.allianzchampionship.com or call (561) 241-4653.