2/1/13 UCLA alums Pavin, Cantlay among 2013 Northern Trust Open
November 06, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Corey Pavin, a two-time Northern Trust Open champion and University of California, Los Angeles alum, was announced today as a sponsor's exemption to the Northern Trust Open, which returns to famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., February 11-17. Fellow Bruin Patrick Cantlay, who shot the lowest round in PGA TOUR history by an amateur at the 2011 Travelers Championship (60), will join Pavin as a sponsor's exemption and will make his second start in the event.
Pavin and Cantlay will have plenty of support at Riviera Country Club, especially on Saturday, February 16, which has been designated as "UCLA Day" at the Northern Trust Open. Fans can utilize a special offer code (BRUINS) to purchase a $65 ticket, which allows for access to the tournament grounds and Palisades Club. The Palisades Club is a new, open-air and tented hospitality venue with patios overlooking the signature par-4 10th hole and practice range. Upgraded food and beverage are available for purchase, and UCLA coaches and staff will make appearances throughout the day. The first 300 people in attendance for the third round will be provided a special "UCLA Day" Northern Trust Open hat, and $30 from each ticket purchased with the BRUINS code will be donated back to UCLA Athletics.
Brandt Jobe and John Merrick, UCLA alums, are also in the Northern Trust Open field.
Not to be ignored, University of Southern California fans can celebrate "USC Day" on Friday, February 15. The same offer and benefits as listed above for UCLA are available to USC supporters by using the special offer code "TROJANS." Two USC alums are currently in the field - Kevin Chappell and Kevin Stadler - with Stadler scheduled to make an appearance in the Palisades Club on Friday, along with Athletic Director Pat Haden and Senior Associate Athletic Director J.K. McKay, USC coaches, staff, men's and women's golf teams and the USC Song Girls,
Pavin will be making his 29th start at the Northern Trust Open; he is a two-time champion (1994-95) and has recorded a total of 10 top-25 finishes at Riviera. Pavin is a 15-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the 1995 U.S. Open, and owns five additional wins internationally. Pavin recorded his maiden victory on the Champions Tour at the February 2012 Allianz Championship. Pavin, a three-time Ryder Cup participant, served as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team in 2010.
As a junior at UCLA in 2011, Cantlay was the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world and made headlines after firing a tournament-record, 10-under-par 60 in the second round of the Travelers Championship, en route to holding the 36-hole lead. The 60 is the lowest round ever recorded by an amateur on the PGA TOUR. Cantlay eventually finished T21 and made the cut in his next four starts on TOUR, highlighted by a T9 at the RBC Canadian Open. Cantlay finished second at the 2011 Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur. He was low amateur at the 2012 Masters Tournament. Cantlay turned professional in June 2012.
Two-time champion Fred Couples will return to Riviera Country Club in less than two weeks to make his 31st start at the Northern Trust Open after receiving a sponsor's exemption, tournament officials also announced. Couples, who won the Northern Trust Open in 1990 and 1992 and finished T7 in 2011, will surpass Gene Littler for the most starts in tournament history with 30.
Couples will look to add to an already impressive resume at the Northern Trust Open. In addition to his two victories, Couples has collected 12 other top 10s, including runner-up finishes in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He held the 36-hole lead in 2011 at 8-under and was in contention in the final round after three-consecutive birdies to open the round, but fell off the pace after a double bogey at No. 7 and eventually finished T7.
The tournament previously announced Jeremiah Wooding as the Northern Trust Open Exemption, which provides an opportunity for a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and wouldn't otherwise be eligible to compete in the event. Wooding, a graduate of University of Nevada-Las Vegas with conditional status on the Web.com Tour, is following in the footsteps of his big brother, Joshua, who was awarded the Northern Trust Open Exemption in 2010. The Northern Trust Open will be Wooding's first-career PGA TOUR start.
For Northern Trust Open ticket information, visit www.northerntrustopen.com. Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Northern Trust Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult. There is no limit to the number of youth 18 and younger who can attend with a ticketed adult.
About the Northern Trust Open
The Northern Trust Open is one of the longest-running tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Debuting in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club, the event had been staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at Riviera Country Club in 1973. Outside of the major championships, the Northern Trust Open is the fourth-oldest event on TOUR, trailing only the BMW Championship, the Canadian Open and the Valero Texas Open. The 2012 Northern Trust Open raised $1.7 million for non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area, bringing the total generated for Los Angeles charities since the event's inception to nearly $55.2 million. City of Hope was named the official charity of the Northern Trust Open beginning with the 2013 event. For ticket information, visit www.northerntrustopen.com.
About Northern Trust
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, banking solutions and fiduciary services for corporations, institutions and affluent individuals worldwide. Northern Trust, a financial holding company based in Chicago, has offices in 18 U.S. states and 16 international locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of December 31, 2012, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$4.8 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$758.9 billion. For more than 120 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader in combining exceptional service and expertise with innovative products and technology. For more information, visit www.northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is based in Southern California and is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.