|Allianz Championship Moves to Fla.|
The Champions Tour's Allianz Championship will have a new home beginning next year when it moves to the Old Course at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, FL, it was announced today by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America CEO Mark Zesbaugh, Champions Tour president Rick George and Broken Sound past president and tournament general chairman Franklin Loh.
The agreement among the three parties is for three years, through 2009. The purse will be $1.6 million in 2007, escalating $50,000 each of the following two years.
The Allianz Championship will be played February 5-11, 2007, increasing the Champions Tour's early-season Florida swing to three tournaments.
The Golf Channel will televise all three rounds of the Allianz Championship from Broken Sound Club.
"Des Moines provided us with a great venue and outstanding hospitality over the past six years," said Zesbaugh. "We are excited to make the move to Boca Raton as it offers an ideal location for the Allianz Championship. The timing for the event could not be better and we look forward to having this event in Boca Raton for many years to come as we continue our partnership with the PGA TOUR.
"The Champions Tour has been very interested in returning to south Florida," said George. "For six years now, Allianz has been a strong partner and supporter of the Champions Tour. The south Florida location will offer Allianz wonderful customer entertainment at a great time of year. The move also allows the Champions Tour to achieve one of its highest priorities, strengthening its early-season schedule and enhancing its Florida swing.
"Des Moines and its people have been terrific to the Champions Tour and we have every intention to play an event there next year with a new title sponsor," George added.
"Broken Sound is honored and delighted to host the Champions Tour at the Old Course beginning next February," said Loh.
Tournament beneficiaries will be announced at a later date. Prolinks Sports will manage the event.
Broken Sound is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County, FL. It features resort-style, country club living in 27 private villages and has 23 tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness/spa center, aquatic area, dining facilities and two of the finest golf courses in south Florida. The original Broken Sound Club, now affectionately known as the "Old Course", was founded in 1978 and designed by Joe Lee. It will host the Allianz Championship. Gene Bates completed a redesign of the Old Course in January 2004. The Old Course features an abundance of trees unique to south Florida and rolling fairways that give it a feel similar to courses in the Pinehurst, NC area. It includes the largest stand of natural Florida maples trees in the county. The Club Course, another Lee design, was opened in 1985 and also recently renovated by Bates. Broken Sound is located on the north side of Yamato Road at St. Andrews Blvd.
Since its inception in 2001, the Allianz Championship has been played in the Des Moines, IA area. Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines was the host site every year, except 2005 when it was played at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City. Gil Morgan won the 2006 edition by one shot over Loren Roberts on June 4th.
The Allianz Championship joins the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Tampa (Feb. 12-18) and The ACE Group Classic (Feb. 19-25) on the 2007 Florida swing.