2010 Tournament Update
August 14, 2009
Dear members of The Century Club family:
First, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and loyalty to our tournament; your tournament!
With the recent announcement of the loss of Buick there has been much speculation as to who our new title sponsor will be. We have been actively engaged with the TOUR and a number of prospective sponsors to assume the title sponsor role and plan to announce a new title sponsor within the next 60 days.
Now let's focus on what we have in place today:
1. The Diamond in the Rough Gala is sold out, five months prior to any other year in our history). We do have some sponsorship opportunities available and a waiting list has been started.
2. Allianz Global Investors remains our sponsor for the Wednesday Pro-Am. Our sales are tracking to historical norms. Consider that in addition to two practice rounds on Torrey Pines, there is an AM-Plus round on Monday, an incredible tee package (Callaway gift card as part of it), a Pairings Party and then...arguably, the finest Pro-Am on the planet, all for $6,500. I hope all of you veteran players will come back and join us! And remember, the proceeds go to charity.
3. We have re-tooled the Monday and Saturday Pro-Am for maximum flexibility and enjoyment by all.
4. The volunteers remain our backbone. I am humbled by the fact that this tournament and I are roughly the same age. Our volunteers bring a millennium of experience and enthusiasm to ensure that the 2010 tournament goes off without a hitch.
5. We have upgraded all our hospitality venues. We started this process last year (for those of you scared away by rain, hail, wind and locust this past year, you won't want to miss it next year). The new Century Club Pavilion and expanded Grey Goose Lounge will be the lynch pins of our new upgraded hospitality efforts. Both the Lodge and the Hilton will also be joining in on the debut of the upgraded face of the new San Diego Invitational.
6. To our charity partners, we all have our own personal reasons for committing our time, treasury and talent to this effort. At the end of the day, I think we can all agree that we are trying to make our community a better place. In order to help expand this effort we have made greater efforts to expand the SOS and Chip-In for Charity programs. Each $17 ticket sold will still generate $15 to the school or charity, the additional $2 per ticket we have added will allow us to increase PAR "Parents and Rookies". This allows us to increase the age of kids who get in free with a ticketed accompanying adult from age 12 to 15. Our hope is that this will enable more families to come out to the tournament and enjoy it.
Our military will continue to enjoy the support of local businesses and The Century Club in our appreciation for the incredible service they give to our country.
In closing, please again accept my gratitude for all the support you have provided us over the years. As I mentioned earlier, this is as much your tournament as it is The Century Club's. Your support has never been more appreciated, or vital, to our continued success.
I am quite humbled to find that as The Century Club was being hatched, so was I. As the first President of the Century Club born in the 1960's, it is with the greatest conviction and determination that I commit to you that our Century Club family's best days are ahead of us. We will be supported by the foundation of our tremendous history. We will only be limited in our future success by the amount of creativity, generosity and civic pride we all pledge towards this great endeavor.
On behalf of The Century Club members, directors, and dedicated staff, thank you again for your support.
Thomas V. WornhamPresident & General Chairman