By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff
News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of Jan. 28.
• The Wendy’s Walk for Kids, a fourth-year fundraising initiative conducted during the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, was recently named the 2012 Champions Tour Charity of the Year. Champions Tour President Mike Stevens will present the award to event co-founder and local Wendy’s franchisee Anne Williams during a function in Endicott, N.Y. on Wednesday Jan. 30. In four years since its inception, the Wendy’s Walk for Kids has experienced tremendous growth, with just 150 walkers raising over $40,000 in 2009 to more than 700 walkers raising in excess of $190,000 in 2012. The Wendy’s Walk for Kids receives $30,000, which will benefit children in the Greater Binghamton area through the children's organizations associated with the 2013 Walk and beyond.
• En-Joie Golf Course, the venue for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, has its superintendent, Rocco Greco, nominated as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Superintendent of the Year award, which will be presented next month.
• Corey Pavin looks to defend the Allianz Championship (Feb. 4-10) in Boca Raton, Fla. Pavin defeated Peter Senior in a sudden-death playoff last year to win his first Champions Tour title.
• Allianz Life recently announced that it will be donating $1,000 for every birdie made by Tom Lehman at the upcoming Allianz Championship. The donations will be shared between Junior Achievement of South Florida and the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Allianz Life partners with Junior Achievement and the Alzheimer's Association in the Twin Cities because of their focus on improving financial literacy and providing services to seniors.
• Joey Sindelar intends to be at the Allianz Championship after undergoing back surgery in November last year. He has been rehabilitating in preparation for the 2013 season and has been given the go-ahead to start competing again.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
John Cook earned 309 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race to grab an early lead after his victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. No winner of the season-opening event has gone on to claim the Charles Schwab Cup.
5 – The number of players to shoot 31 (5-under) for nine holes at Hualalai GC in the season-opening event. All were achieved on the back nine and John Cook performed the feat twice.
John Cook, back nine, Rd 1/back nine, Rd
David Frost, back nine, Rd 2
Larry Nelson, back nine, Rd 2
Bernhard Langer, back nine, Rd 3
Kenny Perry, back nine, Rd 3
DID YOU KNOW?
John Cook has played 15 rounds at the Old Course at Broken Sound in five career starts at the Allianz Championship and has scored under par in each round. His best finish was runner-up to Bernhard Langer in 2010.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“He put 14 clubs in the bag and hadn’t played in two months. He has no question he can use those clubs, I just think it was a little bit early.” - Dave Stockton Sr. comments on Rory McIlroy’s immediate switch to completely new equipment. Stockton is McIlroy’s putting instructor.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) “@GregJrNorman: Welcome my dad to the world of Twitter... @SharkGregNorman” Thank you for your patience when teaching me how to tweet!