The Encompass Championship presented by CareerBuilder will feature a Pro-Am format where Champions Tour professionals partner with amateurs and celebrities on Friday and Saturday for an event-within-the-event competition. The 81 Champions Tour professionals will also compete in a traditional 54-hole, stroke-play format for the individual title and prize money. Prior to the official competition, a Wednesday and Thursday Pro-Am will also be conducted. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit local charities.
“We are excited CareerBuilder recognizes the energy and the market value of joining Encompass Insurance, the Champions Tour and North Shore Country Club’s efforts to bring a first-class Champions Tour event to this region of the country,” said Tournament Director Mike Galeski.
Added Encompass President Tom Ealy, “We’re thrilled to have another hometown company help us host a tournament that has unique appeal to Chicago’s passionate golf fans, the Tour’s pros, the celebrities and other amateurs who’ll play in our tournament, and our independent insurance agents and their customers.
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The tournament will attract some of the most recognized names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and Tom Watson. Jeff Sluman and Chip Beck, who both live in the Chicago area, are also expected to compete along with Fred Couples, John Cook, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Kenny Perry and recent rookie-winner Rocco Mediate.
North Shore Country Club, designed by the legendary British firm Colt, MacKenzie and Allison, opened in 1924 and hosted the 1933 U.S. Open Championship as well as the 1939 and 1983 U.S. Amateur Championships.
For more information on the tournament, please visit www.Encompasschampionship.com.