Kenny Perry, Jesper Parnevik and Tom Kite Commit to the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Three PGA TOUR Champions Winners Commit to Star-studded Lineup
VICTORIA, B.C. (August 31, 2017) – Tournament Organizers have announced that PGA TOUR Champions winners Kenny Perry, Jesper Parnevik and Tom Kite have all committed to playing in the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. The three golfers have a combined 38 PGA TOUR victories and 20 PGA TOUR Champions wins. The golfers will join an impressive field that features John Daly, Nick Faldo and Charles Schwab Cup leader, Bernhard Langer. The event will take place at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, British Columbia the week of September 11-17, 2017.
Kenny Perry has won 14 PGA TOUR events and nine PGA TOUR Champions events including four senior major championships. For his success in leading the USA to victory in the Ryder Cup, he and fellow statesman J. B. Holmes were named Kentuckians of the Year for 2008 by Kentucky Monthly magazine. He was also named the winner of the 2002 Charles Bartlett Award, given to a professional golfer for his unselfish contributions to the betterment of society, by the Golf Writers Association of America. In 2013, Perry clinched the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup and was also named 2013 PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year.
Jesper Parnevik turned professional in 1986 and scored four wins in his early years on the European Tour. Based in Florida, he joined the PGA TOUR in the mid-90s, subsequently winning five events. His playing career also includes three Ryder Cup appearances and two runner-up finishes in The Open Championship. He spent 38 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2000 and 2001. Parnevik became eligible for the PGA TOUR Champions in 2015 and captured his first win at the Insperity Invitational that year. The Swedish-born golfer is known for his distinctive and eccentric taste in clothes and fashion. His nickname on tour is "Spaceman".
Tom Kite has spent 175 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 1989 and 1994. Known for his innovation, he was the first to add a third wedge to his bag, and one of the first players to use a sports psychologist and to emphasize physical fitness for game improvement. He has 19 PGA TOUR victories, including the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He competed on seven Ryder Cup squads and served as the 1997 captain. In 1989 he was named PGA of America Player of the Year. Kite has secured ten victories including one senior major on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.pacificlinkschampionship.com through the BUY TICKETS tab. Fans can choose from the following ticket options:
WEEKLY PASS – WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY: $99 (INCLUDES FREE PARKING & OFFICIAL PROGRAM)
DAILY PASS – FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR SUNDAY: $40
PRO-AM DAILY PASS – WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY: $25
CHAMPIONS CLUBHOUSE VIP PASS – FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: $200
TRAVEL TICKETS – ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE ON PACIFIC COASTAL AIRLINES FROM VANCOUVER, KELOWNA, OR PRINCE GEORGE TO VICTORIA - VALID ON ANY TICKET: Starting at $175
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About Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship is an official event on PGA TOUR Champions featuring the world's premier golfers aged 50 and older competing for a US $1.8 million purse. Tournament play at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship will be held on the Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, British Columbia, from September 11-17, 2017.
Tournament week in Victoria will begin with the Official Pro-Ams on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by 54 holes of championship play from Friday through Sunday, with no cut.
About Help Fill a Dream (Official Charity Partner)
Help Fill a Dream inspires hope, healing and happiness in children with life-threatening conditions. Help Fill A Dream makes dreams come true, improves the quality of life of sick children and assists families with care and financial support. Since 1986, Help Fill A Dream has touched the lives of 2,245 Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands’ children and their families.
About Pacific Links International
Pacific Links was founded in 2009 to provide members with a premium golf experience through an innovative international membership structure focused on the Chinese golfer. Pacific Links offers them access to the finest collection of high quality golf clubs in the world. Since 2012, the Pacific Links Network of Affiliated and Reciprocal clubs now stands at over 600 properties located in 27 countries around the world. With a strong membership base continuing to grow in China, the planned expansion into other parts of Asia and the aggregated population of members from all the participating clubs, Pacific Links is now expanding the brand platform to encompass more than just golf. We are positioning Pacific Links International to be the preeminent Lifestyle portal for China’s HNW customer providing high demand travel itineraries inspired by golf but encompassing concierge services, flights, accommodations, local tourism experience and travel butler assistance. The main feature of a Pacific Links membership is reciprocal access. In the next 10-15 years, PLI will further expand its international affiliate network to over 1,000 clubs in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and the entire Southeast Asia. www.pacificlinks.com
About Bear Mountain Golf Resort
Located on southern Vancouver Island a region known for its year round golf climate, stellar fishing opportunities and strong local food movement - Bear Mountain Resort offers two outstanding golf courses that combined represent the only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf experience in Canada. The Mountain Course, a Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design, features impressive landscape and dramatic terrain that lead to breathtaking 180 degree views of nearby Victoria, the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. The course, a par 70 playing at 6,900 yards, sets atop a 1,100-foot mountain and has been assigned a slope rating of 142 from the back tees. The 18-hole, par 71 Nicklaus Design Valley Course, a spectacular golf setting that is nestled in a pristine natural 102 acres of mature forests, measures just under 7,000 yards. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of parks and natural setting so close to a capital city. More than a resort and an incredible community, Bear Mountain is also home to Golf Canada's National Development team, the high performance training centre of Canada’s National Mountain Bike team, and the construction of western Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor clay court tennis facility supported by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC is underway. The newly renovated Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa rounds out the amenities offering guests a luxurious getaway with outstanding fine dining options, the award-winning Sante Spa, and the Bear Mountain Golf Academy. www.bearmountain.ca
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
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Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
P: (647) 381-1463