Vol 24 October 2014

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Partner Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

Wells Fargo Extends Sponsorship of Wells Fargo Championship

Event continues at Quail Hollow; one-time move to Eagle Point GC in 2017

Wells Fargo expands Succeeding TogetherSM program in support of The First Tee

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 18, 2014) – Wells Fargo, the PGA TOUR and tournament host organization Champions for Education announced today that Wells Fargo will continue its sponsorship of the Wells Fargo Championship through 2019 after signing a five-year extension.

“With this extension, Wells Fargo is proud to continue as the title sponsor of the Wells Fargo Championship and ensure that the wonderful benefits the tournament brings to our local communities continue for years to come,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo Chief Marketing Officer. “The Wells Fargo Championship has proven to be one of the PGA TOUR’s most popular events, providing a terrific platform to showcase the Wells Fargo brand nationally and an important source of pride and economic benefit for the Carolinas. In continuing this tradition, Wells Fargo is excited to announce a national expansion of our Succeeding TogetherSM community program with The First Tee®.”

In addition to the extension, officials also announced the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship will be held at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C., when its regular host site, Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, hosts that year’s PGA Championship. The 2014 Wells Fargo Championship is scheduled for May 1-4.

“The Wells Fargo Championship has become recognized as a premier tournament and a favorite among the players since it made its debut on the PGA TOUR in 2003,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Credit certainly goes to the ongoing dedication and support of Wells Fargo, as well as the commitment of Quail Hollow Club president Johnny Harris and the leadership of tournament Executive Director Kym Hougham and his staff. We’re obviously extremely pleased to announce Wells Fargo’s new five-year commitment, as well as being able to announce Eagle Point Golf Club as a very worthy site for the 2017 tournament while Quail Hollow prepares for the PGA Championship.”

Eagle Point is a Tom Fazio-designed course that opened in 2000 and has been ranked among the Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses six straight years.

Since its beginning in 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship has donated more than $16 million to local and regional charities. The tournament was awarded back-to-back “Best in Class” Awards in 2009 and 2010 by the PGA TOUR.

“We are certainly grateful to Wells Fargo and its sponsorship team for their support, friendship and dedication for the past eleven years and as we work toward the future,” said Wells Fargo Championship Executive Director Kym Hougham. “The support of our community and region has been incredible and today’s announcement will please our spectators, the other charitable efforts we support as well as the many volunteers—many of whom are Wells Fargo team members. We are fortunate our tournament has become a popular spring tradition here in Charlotte and we are pleased we can continue to provide a PGA TOUR event for this area.”

Hosting the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003 and going forward is an honor for Quail Hollow Club’s members and staff,” said Quail Hollow Club President Johnny Harris. “We have formed many friendships through the years with Wells Fargo team members, players, patrons and other corporate partners. Our goal in the beginning was to keep this as an annual tradition and thanks to Wells Fargo’s commitment and tremendous support we are excited that goal has been extended. We look forward to that one week each year when we can share our golf course and grounds with the best players in the world as well as golf enthusiasts.”

In conjunction with its title sponsorship renewal of the Wells Fargo Championship, Wells Fargo announced a national expansion of its Succeeding Together community program with The First Tee. Through a variety of regional events and a national video essay contest, Wells Fargo’s Succeeding Together program celebrates the importance of having a coach or mentor in lives of America’s youth – something The First Tee provides to tens of thousands of students across the country.

“Wells Fargo recognizes the value of relationships and how we can achieve great things by working together - in the classroom, on the golf course and in our communities,” said Moldafsky. “We’re excited to grow our Succeeding Together community program with The First Tee in 2014 – hosting community events during the Wells Fargo Championship and at several other golf tournaments across the country this year.”

 

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 264,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

 

About Wells Fargo Championship/Champions for Education

The Wells Fargo Championship is one of the largest, most prestigious sporting events in the Charlotte region. Champions for Education, a non-profit organization, operates and manages the tournament and has donated over $16 million to local and regional charities since 2003. Now leading up to its 12th year, the tournament is intended as an annual tradition that will bring players and patrons back each year for an unforgettable golf experience. Because of consistent overall excellence, the Wells Fargo Championship was awarded unprecedented back-to-back “Best in Class” Awards in 2009 and 2010 by the PGA TOUR. The 2014 tournament will be held April 28-May 4. A combination of Quail Hollow Club and the spirit of the Charlotte area community are among the reasons the Wells Fargo Championship has, and should, continue to draw many of the world's top golfers to Charlotte.

 

About PGA TOUR

The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

>The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $133 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

 

Contacts:

Chris Smith
PGA TOUR
904-273-3379
csmith@pgatourhq.com

Matt Wadley
Wells Fargo
704-654-2479
matthew.l.wadley@wellsfargo.com

Lee Patterson
Wells Fargo Championship
704-553-4790
leep@wellsfargochampionship.com