Sycamore Hills Golf Club, will host the debut of the "Web.com Tour Finals" on August 26-September 1, Western Golf Association and PGA TOUR officials announced. The Hotel Fitness Championship will be the biggest golf tournament played in the Hoosier state in 2013 and will bring an estimated $4-5 million in economic impact.
The Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four newly created Web.com Tour Finals events for 2013 that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR's enhanced qualifying system.
"Hotel Fitness is proud to sponsor this prestigious PGA TOUR event here in Fort Wayne," said Bruce Dye, CEO of Hotel Fitness. "We are excited to showcase Fort Wayne's many fine assets, especially the warm people who make up this community. We are equally excited to join with the PGA TOUR in bringing a whole new level of competition and excitement to the golfing community of Indiana. This sponsorship is also a unique and powerful tool to increase fundraising for local charities."
Players who are eligible for the Hotel Fitness Championship include the top-75 money winners on the Web.com Tour at the conclusion of the Regular Season; players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR's FedExCup points list at the end of the TOUR's Regular Season; and, any non-members who earn enough points to place them among 126-200 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the Regular Season.
All proceeds from the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards full tuition and housing college scholarships to caddies from modest means, and Fort Wayne charities.
"We're very excited that Sycamore Hills Golf Club and Fort Wayne will be the first stop on the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals," said Duke Butler IV, tournament director, on behalf of the WGA. "As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, three out of every four PGA TOUR members have played on the Web.com Tour. Patrons of the Hotel Fitness Championship are guaranteed to see world-class golf that week."
Hotel Fitness Championship facts:
The Championship will be a first-time-inaugural event on the Web.com Tour in 2013.
Host Sycamore Hills Country Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened for play in 1989. It has hosted numerous events, including the Indiana State Amateur, Junior PGA Championship and USGA Open and Amateur qualifiers.
The course plays to a par of 72 at 7,275 yards.
Approximately 800 volunteers are needed to help during Championship week.
The Western Golf Association, host organization of the BMW Championship on the PGA TOUR, will be the host organization.
Beneficiaries of the tournament will be the Evans Scholarship Foundation, one of the country's largest privately sponsored scholarship programs, and Fort Wayne charities.