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PGA TOUR Champions and Sanford Health announce new event to debut in 2018

The Sanford International Presented by Cambria will be South Dakota’s first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – PGA TOUR Champions and Sanford Health announced today a new event to be contested in Sioux Falls beginning in 2018. The Sanford International Presented by Cambria, the first ever PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested in South Dakota, will be played at Minnehaha Country Club the week of September 17-23, and will feature a $1.8 million purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2022.

Sanford Health President & CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin, World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North were the featured speakers at today’s announcement in Sioux Falls.

“We are excited to welcome Sanford Health to the PGA TOUR family. Kelby’s devotion to the game and engagement with the Sioux Falls community allowed for today’s announcement to become a reality,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. “The Sanford International will benefit from the passionate golf fans in South Dakota, and I am confident that this will quickly become a premier event on our annual schedule.”

The Sanford International marks the fifth new event announced by PGA TOUR Champions over the past two years, and becomes the newest staple on a schedule that currently features tournaments in four countries and 18 states.

“Sanford Health is rooted in the Dakotas, but the work we are doing to improve health care extends across the world. The Sanford International represents our commitment to caring for people on a global scale and gives us the opportunity to tell our story to a national and international audience,” said Sanford Health President & CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft. “We are thrilled to have our partners at Cambria join us in this event. We share a common set of values and a passion for investing in the communities we serve. ”

Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation as well as the largest employer in the Dakotas. Philanthropist Denny Sanford’s nearly $1 billion in gifts to Sanford Health have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases.

Cambria is the first and only family-owned, American-made quartz producer. Headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota, Cambria is a leader in the industry with more than 140 innovative and durable countertop designs.

Andy North, who captured his U.S. Open titles in 1978 and 1985, will serve as host of The Sanford International.

“I have seen first-hand what an incredible emphasis Sanford Health puts on doing things the right way,” said North, chair of the Sanford International Board and Sanford Health board of trustee member. “That includes everything from taking care of patients to leading the way on bringing major events to the community. I have no doubt The Sanford International will be a highlight on PGA TOUR Champions.”

“It is special to have great people—philanthropic people—who care about the game of golf and the people involved in the game,” said Jack Nicklaus, who is serving as Ambassador for the new PGA TOUR Champions event. “First, you are bringing the tournament to Sioux Falls, a new venue for the Champions Tour and a city that loves its sports. Now, you combine the efforts of Denny Sanford and Sanford Health—a team that cares so much about people and their collective health—into a golf tournament that raises money for the community and good causes, isn’t that just impactful and at the same time fun? Isn’t that exactly what the PGA TOUR is all about?

“I think Denny and Sanford Health have done a great job trying to influence lives through their continued work worldwide, and we are so delighted that we have partnered with Sanford in South Florida at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. I am delighted to be involved in the Sanford International in a very small way, because I am sure this will be a great tournament, great fun, and everybody who comes to South Dakota will be treated to some really fine hospitality by the whole Sanford team.”

Minnehaha Country Club, which was designed in 1905 by Robert Lohmann, will serve as host venue for The Sanford International. The club, which is one of the oldest in South Dakota, sits on the banks of the Big Sioux River, and has consistently been ranked near the top of Golf Digest’s annual “Best In-State Rankings.”

“On behalf of all of us at Minnehaha Country Club, we look forward to this incredible opportunity to host The Sanford International beginning in 2018,” said Minnehaha Country Club CEO Ted Thie. “We feel that Minnehaha is an iconic figure in Sioux Falls, and now the course will be blessed with the greatest iconic figures in golf over the last 50 years. We promise to put forth a first-class tournament, course and facilities.”

The Sioux Falls Sports Authority, which was formed by local community leaders in 2006 in an effort to recruit major sporting events to the Sioux Falls area, will serve as the tournament’s host organization.

The event will be managed by Pro Links Sports with Scott Reid serving as the Tournament Director.

The Sanford International will be one of the final Regular Season events on PGA TOUR Champions in 2018, which will give way to the third-annual Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs – a season-ending, three tournament series used to determine the Tour’s season-long champion.

All three rounds of The Sanford International will be broadcast on Golf Channel.

For more information on PGA TOUR Champions or The Sanford International, please visit PGATOUR.com.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

About Cambria
Cambria is the only family-owned American made quartz producer. Cambria offers over 140 designs with a simple pricing structure. Their focus on innovation allows them to create industry leading designs with exceptional depth and movement. Cambria quartz combines innovative design and durability, bringing endless possibilities and a lifetime of beauty to any interior space. As a stain resistant, nonporous, natural quartz surface, Cambria is harder, stronger, safer and easier to care for than other stone surfaces. Headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota, Cambria is sold through an exclusive network of premium retail partners that can be identified at CambriaUSA.com or CambriaCanada.com. Cambria is more than just countertops; they are a high-end lifestyle brand that sets trends and continues to inspire customers worldwide. #CambriaQuartz.

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. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. 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.

About Pro Links Sports
Since 1993, Pro Links Sports has worked with companies throughout the world to implement customized, full service golf programs to fit their particular needs and objectives. An industry leader in event management and corporate hospitality programs for Fortune 500 companies, Pro Links currently manages three other PGA TOUR Champions events including the Insperity Invitational in Houston, the 3M Championship in Minneapolis, MN, and the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship in Boca Raton, FL. PGA TOUR events run by Pro Links includes the Valspar Championship in Tampa, FL and the World Golf Championship in Mexico City, Mexico. Pro Links Sports is headquartered in Tequesta, FL.


Stewart Moore, Director of Communications, PGA TOUR
904-540-2765, StewartMoore@pgatourhq.com

Paul Heinert, Media Relations, Sanford Health
605-366-2432, Paul.Heinert@SanfordHealth.org