POTOMAC, MD -- In 2012 the Neediest Kids Championship presented by Under Armour will be played Oct. 1-7 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, it was officially announced by Tournament Director Teo Sodeman. There is a three-year agreement in effect.
Neediest Kids is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income students in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia gain increased confidence, dignity and self esteem by assuring they receive the basic essentials they need so they can get the education they deserve.
"There are a significant amount of at-risk children in this region who need and cannot afford such basics as eyeglasses, coats, clothing, shoes, school supplies, uniforms, groceries, toiletries, and other basic necessities," said Neediest Kids CEO Amy Ginsburg. "By hosting this tournament we hope to raise our organization's profile, create awareness around the challenges at-risk kids face, and ultimately, help more children succeed in school."
"We look forward to introducing Neediest Kids and their incredible story and sharing with everyone more information about this exciting new relationship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm," said Sodeman.
"The Nationwide Tour welcomes Neediest Kids to the family of PGA TOUR host organizations," said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee. "With Neediest Kids and the TOUR's TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, plus the support of Under Armour, we think we have a very solid foundation in place to grow the Nationwide Tour's presence and impact in the Washington, D.C. area."
Both Gary Williams and Fred Funk are returning -- Williams as Tournament Host and Funk as Honorary Chairman. The tournament will once again be will be broadcast by Golf Channel in the United States and seen in 176 countries and territories worldwide.
"We are grateful that Gary and Fred will return in their familiar roles. They are passionate about the charitable aspects of a tournament like this and its value to the community and are big fans of the Nationwide Tour," said Sodeman. "We also look forward to bringing the tournament to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. It is a great course for the players and it serves as tremendous backdrop for our fans and sponsors."
The newly renovated 220-acre TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm has previously hosted the PGA TOUR (1987-2006) and Champions Tour (2010). The Potomac, Md. facility becomes only the second TPC facility to host all three tours that are under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR. TPC Sawgrass, at TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., has also welcomed the three tours.
The Nationwide Tour first played in Maryland in 2007 (through 2009) at the Country Club of Woodmore in Mitchellville, Md., before moving to the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park for the 2010 and 2011 tournaments. This year's event was won by Steve Wheatcroft in record-smashing fashion. The Pennsylvania native shot a Nationwide Tour record 255 (-29) and won the Melwood Prince George's County Open presented by Under Armour by a Tour record 12 shots.