Tour Championship to return to Atlantic Beach CC in 2017
December 01, 2016
By Web.com Tour staff
- December 01, 2016
- This year's Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach CC was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. (Charlie Kane/PGA TOUR)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Web.com Tour announced Thursday that Atlantic Beach Country Club, which served as host of the 2016 Web.com Tour Championship, will return to the 2017 calendar as host venue for the Tour’s season-ending event. The tournament, which is the fourth and final event in the annual Web.com Tour Finals, will be held the week of September 25-October 1, 2017, with Wolfson Children’s Hospital remaining in place as the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary.
The 2016 Web.com Tour Championship was cancelled the day prior to opening-round play due to Hurricane Matthew, which forced the mandatory evacuation of Atlantic Beach, Florida, as well as the vast majority of nearby beach towns fronting the Atlantic Ocean.
“We are excited to bring our most prestigious event back to Atlantic Beach Country Club,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee. “Hurricane Matthew forced the cancelation of this year’s event, but in the months leading into tournament week, we knew we had an ideal locale for the Web.com Tour Championship given the enthusiasm from the club and the beach communities.”
“As a membership, we couldn’t be happier to see the Web.com Tour Championship return to Atlantic Beach Country Club in 2017,” said Atlantic Beach Country Club President Josh Allen. “We had tremendous support for this year’s event, and look forward to putting forth that same determination and effort to make next year’s tournament a success.”
During the early part of tournament week in September, a number of events outside the ropes took place prior to the onset of Hurricane Matthew, including the NFJG Junior Shootout presented by Legacy Trust, North Beach Kick-off to Golf, Operation Shower, Tuesday pro-am and a visit to Wolfson Children’s Hospital by Jim Furyk and Stephan Jaeger, who posted record-setting rounds of 58 on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, respectively, this year.
A part of Baptist Health, Wolfson Children’s Hospital is recognized year after year as one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and stands alone as the only full-service tertiary hospital for children in the region, serving North Florida, South Georgia and beyond. The Hospital provides care for all children, regardless of their ability to pay.
The inaugural Web.com Tour Championship was contested in 1993 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon, with the event moving to a handful of different venues over the ensuing 23 years, including Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass from 2013 through 2015.
When Web.com was announced as umbrella sponsor of the Tour in 2012, the home for the Web.com Tour Championship was solidified in the greater Jacksonville area, where the company is based. Keeping the tournament at Atlantic Beach Country Club for the 2017 edition allows Web.com to have maximum community and charitable impact, while giving Northeast Florida two premier golf tournaments on the annual calendar, including THE PLAYERS Championship.
“Sponsoring the Web.com Tour elevates to a global level our reputation as a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, but it makes us especially proud to be able to support the Web.com Tour Championship in our backyard,” said David Brown, Chairman, CEO, and President of Web.com. “In addition to watching great golf, we encourage residents and visitors of Northeast Florida to take full advantage of the live music, great local food, and family-friendly activities at Atlantic Beach Country Club and the local Beaches Town Center, all of which will benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital.”
Atlantic Beach Country Club, which sits five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, is steeped in PGA TOUR tradition, with a number of golf’s legendary names competing in what would become the TOUR’s premier event.
The course hosted the PGA TOUR’s Greater Jacksonville Open in 1965 and 1966, with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead onsite to compete, and Nicklaus recording the only double-eagle of his TOUR career on the par-5 18th in the event’s 1966 edition.
The tournament would remain in the greater Jacksonville area in the ensuing years, eventually moving to TPC Sawgrass’ famed Stadium Course in 1982 with a new name – THE PLAYERS Championship.
As the path to the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour awards 25 TOUR cards at the conclusion of the Regular Season, with another 25 cards awarded following the completion of the four-event, season-ending Web.com Tour Finals. The Web.com Tour Championship is the fourth and final event in the Finals, which open with the DAP Championship, Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
The Web.com Tour Championship has produced a strong list of winners, including major champions David Duval (1993) and Stewart Cink (1996), as well as recent PGA TOUR winners Matt Every (2009), Chesson Hadley (2013) and Emiliano Grillo (2015).
For more information on Atlantic Beach Country Club, please visit AtlanticBeachCountryClub.com.