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July 12, 2011

Another Stellar Field Returns for the 2011 Boeing Classic

Fred Couples and Nick Price put on a show at the 2010 Boeing Classic, both
finishing in the top three. They’ll be back for more in August.

Golf Legends. Major Winners. Dominant Seniors.

All of the above are fitting descriptions for the players who will make their way to Seattle in August for the 2011 Boeing Classic, held at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge August 22-28. Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Fuzzy Zoeller, Mark O’Meara and all of the previous Tournament Champions will be on hand along with Champions Tour rookie Kenny Perry to compete in the best event on the Champions Tour.  The opportunity to rub elbows with the legends of the game only happens once a year and it’s an experience you don’t want to miss out on.

Seattle native and crowd favorite Fred Couples, who played in his first Boeing Classic last year after turning 50 in October of 2009, has been open and enthusiastic about the opportunity to support the region’s premier local golf event. In an interview following the 2010 tournament, in which he finished in third, Couples didn’t hide his affection for the prospect of returning home each year - "The Boeing Classic ... I hope to play every single year, even if I'm 60 or so and hacking it around, because I grew up there.”

Couples is definitely not the only big name in the field though. 2010 Champion Bernhard Langer will be back and looking to defend his title against some of the strongest competition on Tour, including Nick Price. Currently in second place in the year-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup, Price has eight top ten finishes and a win at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach. Fans will also enjoy following  1979 Masters Champion and 1984 US Open winner Fuzzy Zoeller as well as 1989 British Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia.

Champions Tour rookie Kenny Perry, a two-time Ryder Cup team member with 14 wins on the PGA Tour, is an exciting new addition to the field.  Perry is one of the most notable rookies competing this year on the Champions Tour and is only participating in select events while also continuing to play on the PGA Tour. His appearance at the Boeing Classic will be the first time he’s competed in the region since the 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational at Sahalee.

Champions Tour rookie Kenny Perry will make his first appearance at the Boeing Classic

Jerry Pate to Lead the Boeing Classic Youth Clinic

1976 U.S Open Winner Jerry Pate will lead a clinic for hundreds of local youth on
Tuesday, August 23rd

It’s an annual tradition on the Tuesday of Boeing Classic Tournament Week for kids participating in programs such as The First Tee of Greater Seattle, the Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program at Virginia Mason, Encompass and other community groups to have the extraordinary opportunity to learn some of the finer points of golf from a Champions Tour Pro. This year’s participants will have the privilege to join 1976 U.S. Open Winner Jerry Pate on Tuesday, August 23rd, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge for an invaluable experience.

Pate, 57, is uniquely qualified to host the Boeing Classic Youth Clinic, having been introduced to the game at only six years old and achieving his greatest professional success, a major championship, at just 22. Those who have marveled at the accomplishments of 2011 US Open Champion Rory McIlroy at such an early age will hear a similar story from Pate, who is the fourth-youngest player ever to have won the Open title.

Play Trivia and Earn Points for the Boeing Classic

The Boeing Classic needs your help! The Champions Tour is holding a contest to see which of the 26 Champions Tour events is the fan favorite. How do you play? Visit the Champions Tour Facebook page and click on the “Fan Fav Trivia” link on the left, upper hand corner. The faster you answer the trivia questions correctly, the more points you win to vote for the Boeing Classic.

Three First Tee of Greater Seattle Participants Gain Valuable Experience in the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

Haley Chinn, Lyle Rudnicki and Oliver Rudnicki played with the Pros at Pebble Beach

Three junior golfers from the First Tee of Greater Seattle competed in this past weekend’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. The official Champions Tour event places each junior with one professional to play with throughout the three-day competition (July 8-11). Haley Chinn of Mercer Island was paired with Craig Stadler and as she wrote in her blog on the First Tee Open website, her main objective was to “enjoy this time and take advantage of every experience.”

Twin brothers Lyle and Oliver Rudnicki from Woodinville were the other two students competing at Pebble Beach from the Greater Seattle area. Lyle was paired with David Peoples and Oliver with Steve Lowery. Oliver’s group ended up making the cut, played the final round on Sunday, and finished in the top 20, capping off a great week. As Haley wrote, playing at the “mecca of golf” is something that this talented trio will never forget.


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