Boeing extends title sponsorship through 2014

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August 25, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- The Boeing Company, Virginia Mason Medical Center and the Champions Tour have agreed to extend the term of the Boeing Classic outside of Seattle to include Boeing as the title sponsor of the event and TPC Snoqualmie Ridge as the continued host venue through 2014.

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The 2011 Boeing Classic, held Aug. 22-28, will be contested for the seventh year after being played for the first time in 2005 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. During that period the tournament has raised over $3 million for The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

"Extending the relationship with our tournament partners to sponsor this exciting Champions Tour event is a great opportunity to participate in the community, help local charitable organizations, and spend time with our industry partners," said Jim Albaugh, chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This event has raised more than three million dollars since it began to support The Virginia Mason Medical Center, and we are delighted to be part of it."

Last year, the Boeing Classic was the recipient of the Presidents Award, the most prestigious award of the five annual Champions Tour tournament awards.

"Boeing has been a great partner for the Champions Tour over the years and we look forward to continued success in the Seattle market with the Boeing Classic," Champions Tour President Mike Stevens said.

The community takes great pride in being an integral part of the planning, execution and ultimate success of the tournament.

"The hard work and dedication from our staff and volunteers has established the Boeing Classic as one of the premier community events of the summer in the Northwest as well as one of the best events on the Champions Tour," said Chairman and CEO Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Tournament Co-Chair Gary Kaplan, M.D. "And all of us associated with The Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason are especially gratified to acknowledge that our patients and our community benefit most from the continued success of the Boeing Classic due to the support it provides for the world-class autoimmune research underway at the Benaroya Research Institute."

"We are very pleased to have TPC Snoqualmie Ridge as the host venue of the Boeing Classic through 2014," said William Keogh, President & CEO of BrightStar Golf Group LLC, owners of TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. "Our members and their guests enjoy the opportunity to see these great Champions Tour professionals up close as they compete for the title on their course."

In the inaugural event in 2005, David Eger (17 under) won by three shots over Tom Kite. The following year, Kite avenged his runner-up finish and won in a playoff over Keith Fergus.

History was made at the 2007 Boeing Classic when seven players were tied after 54 holes and the largest playoff in Champions Tour history took place. Denis Watson eagled the second playoff hole to break from the pack and win the event.

In 2008, Tom Kite won for the second time at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The following year, Loren Roberts won with a tournament-record low score of 18-under.

At last year's Boeing Classic, Bernhard Langer birded three of his final four holes to win. It was Langer's fifth win of the 2010 season, and all but ensured him Player of the Year honors.

The tournament website is BoeingClassic.com.

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