Boeing Classic Postpones Golf Event Until 2021 Because of COVID-19
SEATTLE – (June 11, 2020) The 2020 Boeing Classic, the longstanding PGA TOUR Champions event benefitting Virginia Mason programs and services, will not be held this summer out of an abundance of caution for public health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally scheduled for the week of Aug. 17-23 at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, organizers of the event will instead focus on a successful return to the Champions Tour schedule in 2021. The decision was made jointly with state and local health officials, as well as the PGA TOUR.
“While we are deeply disappointed to cancel the 16th annual Boeing Classic, this is the right thing to do given the uncertainty for large public gatherings in our state and the need to protect our players, fans, sponsors and volunteers,” said Boeing Classic Tournament Director Brian Flajole.
Since 2005, the tournament has raised nearly $10 million for local charities, including its main beneficiary, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. The weeklong event features the Seattle Seahawks Rumble on the Ridge golf tournament, as well as a variety of activities culminating in the PGA TOUR Champions event where legends of the game compete for a $2.1 million purse.
“The Boeing Classic is a community tradition in the Puget Sound region and a charitable event showcasing some of the greatest senior golfers in the world,” Flajole said. “The health and wellbeing of fans, players, staff and volunteers is of utmost importance to The Boeing Classic and all our partners. We are looking forward to the return of the Boeing Classic in August of 2021.”
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 33 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 170 countries and territories, reaching more than 340 million potential households, and distributed in 15+ markets via GOLFTV. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, on Facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour, and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.
Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.