November 22, 2010

Celebrating Five Years in Boca Raton and the PGA Champions Tournament’s Eleventh Year

Popular Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience Returns
Following First Round Of Championship Play

Due to the increased and record crowds that came out last year to watch the legends of golf competing for the $1.7 million tournament purse during last year’s Allianz Championship -- one of the PGA Champions Tour’s tournaments in the early-season Florida swing – ProLinks Sports management has added new “events within the event” to its upcoming 2011 week-long tournament program that are planned to broaden and attract an even larger regional audience of avid golfers, tournament-goers, newcomers to the golf experience, and nonprofit supporters. Scheduled for February 7-13, 2011 with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the Allianz Championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, Champions Tour pros such as Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Fred Couples, Paul Azinger and tour rookies Kenny Perry, Mark Calcavecchia, and Steve Lowery will now be vying for a tournament purse of $1.7 as proceeds from tournament events will benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Kicking off tournament week will be the first Annual Allianz Championship Women’s Executive Pro-Am presented by Lilly Pulitzer on Tuesday, February 8th at the Old Course. The first Annual Allianz Championship Fairway 5K/Family Day will hit the green on Saturday, February 12th at 7:15 a.m. offering runners and walkers a first time ever experience of running on a golf course. In addition, the tournament’s introduction of the Allianz Championship “Birdies for Charity” fundraising program to this year’s golf experience line-up, which will run throughout the three championship play days, offers regional and national nonprofits limitless opportunity to generate much needed funds with 100% of dollars raised by participating nonprofits going directly to the nonprofits. The popular Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience that was introduced last year will return Friday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m. following the first round of championship tournament play at The Old Course at Broken Sound Clubhouse.

“Due to the high interest and success of our first annual Golf & Wine Experience last year that featured varietals from the private wine collections of PGA’s top pros, we have expanded the golf experience this year with more spectator, Pro Am, social and business networking, and charitable offerings,” noted Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon. “Since we saw a soaring increase of families come out last year when we introduced free admission to the tournament and received a number of requests for a women’s golf experience, we are pleased to deliver these new opportunities in 2011.”

Tuesday, February 8, 2011; 10:30 a.m. Golf Clinic, Noon Lunch/1 p.m. Shotgun Tournament; The Old Course At Broken Sound

With the opportunity limited to nine foursomes of executive women, those who participate will enjoy a golf and business networking experience like no other. This first time event will give women of all skill sets a chance to play nine holes with a PGA Champions Tour player during the week of the Allianz Championship. The fun-filled day will include a private clinic hosted by a PGA Champions player at 10:30 a.m., lunch at Noon followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and a generous gift package from Lilly Pulitzer ( Registration is $750 per player, and includes Pro-Am gift package of two invitations to VIP Draw Party where awards will be presented for the back nine play, two VIP Partners Club Tickets, the private clinic by PGA Tour professional and round of golf. To reserve foursomes or individual tickets, contact Kady Stoll at 561-241-GOLF (4653).

Friday, February 11th, 5:30 p.m., The Old Course at Broken Sound Clubhouse

As part of the fifth annual Allianz Championship, wine connoisseurs and golf enthusiasts will get the chance to hobnob on the green with legends of golf while popping the cork on the green to sample reds and whites from the private wine collections of golf pros’ own vineyards all while benefiting the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. In addition to indulging in the varietals from vineyards owned by golf pros Arnold Palmer, David Frost, Ernie Els, Gary Player, Fred Couples, and more, attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres by chefs at the Old Course at Broken Sound Clubhouse. There will also be interactive golf experiences, prize drawings, including the opportunity to win VIP tickets to the championship tournament. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by calling the tournament office at 561-241-GOLF.

Saturday, February 12th, 7:15 a.m. , The Old Course at Broken Sound Clubhouse

Offering something for everyone, including face painting, a bounce house, putting contests, Don Law, and more, the 2011 Allianz Championship Family Day to be held on the Saturday of the championship tournament promises all generations a fun-filled experience that opens with a “Florida first ever” on-the-course 5K run/walk. For more information and 5K registration, call the tournament office at 561-241-4653 or visit

PGA TOUR “BIRDIES FORE CHARITY” MAKES WIDE SWING TO BENEFIT SOUTH FLORIDA NONPROFITS: 100% of Monies Raised By Participating Nonprofits Stays With The Participating Nonprofits

The Allianz Championship “Birdies for Charity” program is a fundraising vehicle through which participating nonprofit organizations solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by PGA Champions Tour players during the three-day championship play Friday – Sunday, February 11-13, 2011, at the Allianz Championship. Participating organizations keep 100% of the pledges collected on their behalf. Participants can either make a one-time flat donation (minimum $10), or make a pledge of $0.02 or more for each birdie made by Champions Tour players during the 2011 Allianz Championship.

A list of “Birdies for Charity” participating organizations can be found at the tournament’s website Participants can choose one of organizations listed or choose to make the donation to benefit another charity of their choice. As an added incentive to donors, each person who makes a pledge to Birdies for Charity will be given the opportunity to guess the total number of birdies made by Champions Tour players during the 2011 Allianz Championship. One correct guess will win Two (2) tickets to the 2011 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Donors also qualify to win random drawings conducted by the Allianz Championship. Contest is open to participants who are 18 years of age or older; one guess allowed per Birdies for Charity pledge; no more than 10 total entries per participant. NOTE: WHAT IS A BIRDIE? In golf, a “birdie” is a score of one stroke better than “par” for every hole on the course. “Par” is the normal expected score of a golf professional on any given hole. For example, if a player scores a 4 on a par 5 then he gets a birdie.

About Allianz Championship-In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 7-13, 2011. The Allianz Championship with a purse of $1.7 million, is the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Visit for updates, to purchase VIP tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

About Allianz Life-Founded in 1896, Allianz Life provides an array of annuities and life insurance products in the U.S. through a nationwide network of independent distribution. The company is part of Allianz SE, a global financial services group that is the 20th largest company in the world based on revenues (Fortune Global 500, August 2009), employing nearly 155,000 people worldwide.

About Broken Sound Club-Broken Sound is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County, FL. It features resort-style, country club living in 28 private villages and has 23 tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness/spa center, aquatic area, dining facilities and two of the finest golf courses in South Florida. The original Broken Sound Club, now affectionately known as the "Old Course", was founded in 1978 and designed by Joe Lee. It will host the Allianz Championship. Gene Bates completed a redesign of the Old Course in January 2004. The Old Course features an abundance of trees unique to South Florida and rolling fairways that give it a feel similar to courses in the Pinehurst, NC area. It includes the largest stand of natural Florida maples trees in the county. The Club Course, another Lee design, was opened in 1985 and also recently renovated by Bates. Broken Sound is located on the north side of Yamato Road on Old Course Way between Congress Avenue and Military Trail.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital-Serving the community since 1967, Boca Raton Community Hospital has 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians with privileges. Areas of expertise include cancer, cardiovascular disease & surgery and women’s health. Proceeds from this year’s Allianz Championship will support the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With our country facing a nursing shortage of unheard of proportions, this initiative becomes an extremely important tool in our mission to attract and retain the highest caliber nursing staff in the country and to help our nurses discover a myriad of personal and professional opportunities, including scholarships that support their professional growth. For almost half a century, philanthropy has been an integral component of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s success. Today, community support is more important than ever. For more information about the Foundation and its fundraising initiatives that support the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, please call 561-955-4142.