July 24, 2019
Scott Parel Set to Defend at 2019 Boeing Classic
Parel ranks No. 4 in Charles Schwab Cup standings
SEATTLE –Scott Parel will return to the Boeing Classic August 23-25th at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in search of his first title defense on the Champions Tour.
The Augusta, Georgia native began his final round five strokes behind 2017 Charles Schwab Cup winner, Kevin Sutherland, and 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship winner, Ken Tanigawa. To start the day, he birdied the final six holes on the front nine to finish with both a career-low 18-hole and 54-hole total, securing his first PGA TOUR Champions title.
“I wasn’t really thinking about winning starting that far behind, especially when the day before Kevin (Sutherland) shot 60. I didn’t think unless I shot 60, I would have a chance,” said Parel. “I made a good birdie putt on the first hole and that got me going. At the end of my front nine, I saw I was in the lead and knew I needed to play well on the back.”
The victory allowed Parel to move to No. 8 in the Charles Schwab Cup and also marked the first time in his career he exceeded $1 million in earnings in a single season.
Parel turned professional at the age of 31 after spending his career working as a computer programmer and database administrator. A Korn Ferry Tour veteran, he claimed his sole victory in June 2013, leaving a five-year win drought leading up to the Boeing Classic. Parel attributed his PGA TOUR Champions victory to his wife, Mary, and her support throughout his lengthy battle.
“She has supported me for so long, without a whole lot to show for it. We were ok, but nothing like this, no victory on a TOUR of this magnitude,” said Parel. “It felt like it was finally some proof of all those sacrifices she’s made. I got to take her to Hawaii, which I knew was something she really wanted to do, so that was special for me.”
This season, Parel owns three runner-up finishes, including a seven-hole playoff loss at the Rapiscan Systems Classic and a two-hole playoff loss at the Principal Charity Classic. These losses were both from Kevin Sutherland, No. 1 in the standings this year. Parel is currently No. 4 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Also, he has surpassed both his standing in the Charles Schwab Cup and earnings from this time last year.
“I am definitely looking forward to returning as it was a turning point in my career to win in Seattle,” said Parel. “I obviously really like the golf course, love the tournament and the whole area is beautiful. I really enjoy being there and can’t wait to get back.”
Fans planning on attending the 2019 Boeing Classic can purchase tickets online at www.boeingclassic.com. Join us Thursday, August 22 for the World Golf Hall of Fame and celebrity shootout to enjoy a start to an eventful weekend!
July 26, 2019
One year after tournament-record 60, Kevin Sutherland
sets sights on 2019 Boeing Classic
2017 Charles Schwab Cup champion the latest addition to tournament field
SEATTLE – In 2018, Kevin Sutherland posted a tournament-record 12-under 60 at the Boeing Classic with birdies on the final four holes to finish one shot shy of his own PGA TOUR Champions record of 59, set at the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open. The Sacramento, California, native, who won the Charles Schwab Cup in 2017, will return to The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge the week of August 19-25 with an eye on securing his third title of the 2019 season.
“Shooting 59 never really popped up until No. 17, then I birdied 17 and it became real,” said Sutherland. “I needed an eagle on the final hole. Eagles are hard but I thought if there is a chance that I could do it, it would be now. Unfortunately, I was only able to finish with a birdie, but still an incredible round for me.”
Sutherland’s famous round at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open remains the only sub-60 round in PGA TOUR Champions history, while his 60 was the 14th in Tour history.
Sutherland’s 60 at Snoqualmie Ridge broke the course record previously held by Scott Simpson and Tom Jenkins, 61, recorded by the duo in 2006.
In five starts at the Boeing Classic, Sutherland has finished runner-up twice (2016, 2018) and has failed to finish outside the top 25.
“I love the Pacific Northwest. It is one of my favorite places in the country, so I am excited every year I get to play the Boeing Classic,” he said. “Fortunately, I have played well at this event which always makes it that much better, and hopefully this will be the year I finish one spot better.”
This season, Sutherland currently sits at No. 7 in the Charles Schwab Cup with $1,051,344 in earnings, thanks to the two wins, which mark a single-season best in his Champions Tour career.
Tournament week will feature Pro-Ams on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22. Thursday’s Pro-Am will feature a special World Golf Hall of Fame pairing, as well as celebrities to be announced in the coming weeks. Fans planning on attending the 2019 Boeing Classic can purchase tickets online at www.boeingclassic.com.
August 6, 2019
Fan favorite and two-time major champion John Daly
commits to Boeing Classic
Daly to make second appearance at Seattle’s annual PGA TOUR Champions event
SEATTLE – Tournament officials announced today that two-time major champion John Daly has committed to the Boeing Classic, which returns to The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge the week of August 19-25, 2019. This will mark Daly’s second appearance at the Seattle-based event after making his first start in 2016, where finished tied for 21st place.
“We are excited to welcome John Daly back to the Boeing Classic,” said Tournament Director Brian Flajole. “John is one of the more popular players in the game and as a past major champion, he strengthens the field while bringing tremendous competition to tournament week.”
Daly captivated the golf world in 1991 when, after opening the week as ninth alternate, he famously won the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, en route to earning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors that same season. The Dardanelle, Arkansas, native won twice in three years after the PGA Championship breakthrough, then validated his 1991 win with a victory at the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews.
The 53-year-old is one of the most recognizable players in the sport, with colorful attire, personality and 300-yard tee shots to match. Daly leads PGA TOUR Champions in driving distance, a skill that helped him claim his maiden victory at the 2017 Insperity Invitational.
“John’s persona attracts golf and non-golf fans alike, as he is really an everyman that people can relate to,” Flajole said. “From his unique sense of style to his incredible tee shots, he’s a guy who will add a lot of interest to the Boeing Classic.”
Daly has recorded three top-10 finishes in 2019, including a season-best T5 at the American Family Insurance Championship in June.
The Korean Air Pro-Am will be contested on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Thursday’s Pro-Am will feature a special World Golf Hall of Fame pairing as well as celebrities to be announced in the coming weeks.
August 9, 2019
Seven World Golf Hall of Fame members set
Seattle’s Boeing Classic field
Couples, Goosen, Langer, Love, Montgomerie, O’Meara and Singh commit to Boeing Classic
SEATTLE – With the recent commitment of Seattle native Fred Couples, the Boeing Classic is set to host seven members of the World Golf Hall of Fame August 19-25 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.
Couples, who grew up playing golf at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Seattle’s Beacon Hill, won the 1992 Masters and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. In eight career starts at the event since turning 50 in 2010, he has claimed three third-place finishes, but is still searching for his first victory in his home state.
"We feel incredibly lucky to have seven World Golf Hall of Fame members in the Boeing Classic field this year,” said Tournament Director Brian Flajole. “We have had strong fields in the past, but with the recent addition of two first timers in Love and Goosen, this far surpasses anything we’ve had before."
Davis Love III, who owns 21 career PGA TOUR titles, and 2019 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Retief Goosen, will make their tournament debuts at this year’s event. Love will make his second start of the 2019 season after recovering from a mid-season injury. The best finish of his PGA TOUR Champions career came in 2016 when he finished in third place at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Goosen has already broken through on PGA TOUR Champions, earning his first victory in July at the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in addition to five top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season.
Five-time Charles Schwab Cup winner Bernhard Langer will return in 2019 fresh off his 11th career senior major title at The Open Championship presented by Rolex. The 40-time PGA TOUR Champions winner notched Boeing Classic victories in 2010 and 2014 and remains the event’s all-time leading money winner with over $1.2 million in earnings. Fellow World Golf Hall of Fame member Mark O’Meara became one of the Tour’s oldest winners ever earlier this year at the Cologuard Classic, and will look to improve on his two career runner-up efforts at the Boeing Classic in a few weeks.
Vijay Singh, who entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006, will be making his second start at the Boeing Classic. The three-time major champion earned his first senior major at the 2018 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS, one of four total wins on PGA TOUR Champions.
Colin Montgomerie, class of 2013, is returning to the Boeing Classic for a fourth consecutive year, looking to improve on a career-best fifth-place finish at the 2017 event. The Scotland native owns six career titles on PGA TOUR Champions.
"We are hopeful the fans and community will come out and support these decorated athletes during tournament week,” said Flajole. “We have one of the strongest fields in the history of this tournament and that makes this an exciting week for all to enjoy."
August 15, 2019
Fan enhancements announced for 2019 Boeing Classic
Hall of Fame Shootout, food trucks, family fun highlight the 2019 event
SEATTLE – hen the Boeing Classic returns to The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge next week, the tournament will feature a host of new attractions and fan enhancements to engage in outside the ropes. These enhancements are highlighted by the Sojitz World Golf Hall of Fame Shootout during Thursday’s Pro-Am, in addition to a multitude of activities taking place outside the ropes.
At 12:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, four World Golf Hall of Fame members will play a nine-hole skins game, starting on No. 10 tee. The Sojitz Hall of Fame Shootout will feature Seattle native Fred Couples, four-time major champion Ernie Els, 40-time PGA TOUR Champions winner Bernhard Langer, and 2019 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS champion Retief Goosen, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past June.
“We are excited to offer our fans the opportunity to watch four of the game’s legends compete in an exciting skins game format on Thursday,” said Boeing Classic Tournament Director Brian Flajole. “Their distinct personalities and love for competition should make for a memorable nine holes while providing everyone an intimate glimpse into the camaraderie of four World Golf Hall of Famers.”
Nine food truck vendors are scheduled to be onsite for the tournament, including names like Boss Mama’s Kitchen, Theo’s Gyros and J & J BBQ Company. This will mark the first year the Boeing Classic has hosted food trucks onsite, giving fans and non-golf fans a reason to partake in the week’s activities. In addition to the food trucks, fans are also encouraged to visit Tito’s on 10, a dedicated food and beverage venue open to the public on the 10th hole.
Beyond food and drink, the Boeing Classic has numerous other events planned. On Monday, the Seahawks Rumble at the Ridge will kick off the week at 8:30 a.m. with dozens of Seahawks legends scheduled to be in attendance, including names like Jim Zorn, Jordan Babineaux, and Steve Largent. The Seattle Seahawks have been partners with the tournament since 2004, establishing the Rumble as a staple at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge and within the community.
On Tuesday, The First Tee of Greater Seattle will host a junior clinic at noon at the north end of the driving range. This event draws hundreds of juniors from the Seattle area to come and share the range with select PGA TOUR Champions legends.
Opening ceremonies will begin on Friday at 11:00 a.m. featuring a Boeing Jet Flyover and a special appearance by the Mercer Island High School Marching Band. The band has more than 300 members, making it one of the largest in Washington state. They recently made their fourth appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day. Opening round tee times begin immediately following the ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
The weekend kicks off with Family Day on Saturday, which includes a Kids Zone where Pacific Science Center will be holding an interactive exhibit on the hill adjacent to the 18th green. Youth ages 18-and-under will receive complimentary admission throughout tournament week.
Finally, a winner will be crowned on Sunday with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. Sunday is also Military Appreciation Day, where all active and retired military receive free admission with a military ID. Patriots Outpost will be located on the hill behind the 18th green, allowing veterans, military personnel and their dependents to receive complimentary barbeque and cold beverages.