The PNC Father/Son Challenge will be held at the Ritz Carlton Championship Golf Club designed by Greg Norman at the 500 acre Grand Lakes Resort in Orlando, December 11-14. IMG Golf announced that The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. has renewed its contract as the title sponsor. PNC became sponsor in 2012, bringing back the tournament that was held for 15 years from 1995-2008. The multi-year extension will assure the final event of the Champions Tour season will be held in Orlando, reflecting PNC’s commitment to Central Florida.
“We are grateful for PNC’s continued support and pleased that the PNC Father/Son Challenge continues to allow the fans to watch the legends of the game play the game they love with those they love most,” said Alistair Johnston, Vice Chairman of IMG.
The field will be made up of 20 teams of the game’s greatest golfers and their son or daughter, including the defending champions Stewart and Connor Cink, all vying for the title in December. “Last year was the first time I had the privilege of playing in the PNC Father/Son so I wasn’t quite sure how we would do,” said Stewart. “We ended up playing great and had the best time together. It was an incredible event and a special week for our entire family. Winning the event and sharing the victory with my son just icing on the cake.”
To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge participants must have won either a major championship or The PLAYERS Championship in their careers. The professional’s playing partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of the siblings have been sons of the legends, the family-themed tournament has had daughters and grandsons participate over the years.
Past winners include David Love III, Larry Nelson, Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, and 5 time winner Raymond Floyd. Jack Nicklaus who won in 1969 is scheduled to play this year with his son Jack Nicklaus II.
Community Support is a key aspect of the tournament and PNC’s sponsorship the past two years. PNC has donated $300,000 to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Last year, all military personnel and children were admitted free, and local non-profit organizations sold attendance passes and were allowed to use the proceeds.
“As one of the nation’s largest banks, the Father/Son Challenge is a great way to promote the PNC brand and make a difference in the Central Florida community,” said Lou Cestello, who oversees PNC’s office of regional presidents. The Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG & NBC Sports.
NOW AVAILABLE: Tickets & Volunteer Opportunities
Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full 4-day tournament pass, by visiting wwwPNCFatherSonChallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children ages 15 years and younger are admitted free with an accompanying paid adult.
Television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2-3pm EST and NBC from 3-6pm on Saturday 12/13 and Sunday 12/14. Golf Channel will also air the Pro-Am Special on Friday 12/12.
eSouthernGolf recommends you get out and enjoy this special event and support the community.