Web.com Tour’s Regular-Season-ending event to remain at Pumpkin Ridge through 2020
The Web.com Tour and WinCo Foods announced today a three-year title sponsorship extension of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz through 2020. The event’s 2017 edition is set to begin on Thursday morning at the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, where 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2017-18 season will be awarded following the conclusion of Sunday’s final round.
“We are excited to announce today’s extension of the WinCo Foods Portland Open,” said Web.com Tour President Dan Glod. “This tournament has established itself as one of the Web.com Tour’s premier events by creating a championship-caliber atmosphere on one of our best golf courses, while continuing to create a strong charitable footprint in the greater Portland area.”
Since 2014, the tournament has generated more than $4 million for local charities, including $1.25 million in 2016 alone, which set a record for charitable donations by a golf event in the state of Oregon. The tournament’s Nabisco Tickets for Charity program drives much of the success, allowing local charities to sell tickets to the tournament while keeping all of the proceeds.
“We are thrilled with WinCo Foods decision to extend our contract to run the “25 Card” WinCo Foods Portland Open for 3 more years at Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Vice-President, Lagardère Sports. “This is a big day for over 100 benefiting charities. In just four short years the event has generated over $4.3m for local non-profits while showcasing PGA TOUR golf for local fans to enjoy. This is exciting news for our great city.”
The extension announcement will keep the event at venerable Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club through 2020 as well. The club’s Witch Hollow Course has hosted several major tournaments over the last 25 years, including two U.S. Women’s Opens and the iconic 1996 U.S. Amateur, where Tiger Woods captured his last amateur title before turning professional just weeks later.
Over the last three years, the course has played host to some of the PGA TOUR’s rising stars, including recent PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas (2014), THE PLAYERS Championship winner Si-Woo Kim (2014-15) and two-time TOUR winner Daniel Berger (2014).
As the final event of the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season, the WinCo Foods Portland Open is the last tournament where players can secure one of 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded following the final round. An additional 25 cards are available through the four-event, season-ending Web.com Tour Finals, which begin next week in Columbus, Ohio.