SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sanford International Presented by Cambria continued its tradition of supporting charities and local organizations by generating $140,000 in 2019 – more than double the amount of its inaugural year. Since 2018, the tournament has given back more than $200,000 to the community.
“The week of the tournament is incredibly special, but to see the lasting effect the money raised and donated has on the community is what it’s all about,” said Josh Brewster, tournament director of the Sanford International. “We are so thankful Sioux Falls has embraced the tournament from the very beginning and look forward to continue making the Sanford International such a meaningful event.
The designated beneficiaries of the 2019 Sanford International are:
• Sanford Health Foundation, benefitting the Sanford Children’s Hospital and Sanford World Clinic
• Sioux Falls Sports Authority, benefitting Make-A-Wish, The First Tee and South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame
“It is never lost on me how fortunate we are to have so many people in our community who are so willing to make a difference,” said Bobbie Tibbetts, vice president of the Sanford Health Foundation. “The funds will go directly toward making a significant impact on the lives of children and their families.”
The second annual Sanford International was held Sept. 16-22 at Minnehaha Country Club. More than 74,000 patrons attended the five days of golf between the pro-ams and tournament play. Nearly 1,000 volunteers from a dozen states donated more than 15,000 hours of time to help with the event.
The Sanford International is also involved in several youth golf events in the region including the SDGA-Sanford Junior Golf Series and the Sanford Golf Futures Tour. All golfers who participated in the SDGA-Sanford Junior Golf Series received a complimentary Sanford POWER Golf Academy Youth Pass to the Sanford International. Winners of the Sanford Golf Futures Tour received specially created trophies inspired by the one given to the winner of the Sanford International.
In 2018, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments – including the Sanford International – generated $190 million in charitable impact. That brings the TOUR’s all-time total to nearly $3 billion. The amount generated in 2019 will be finalized in early 2020.
The Sanford International returns to Minnehaha Country Club Sept. 7-13, 2020.
About the Sanford International
The Sanford International Presented by Cambria, a PGA TOUR Champions event contested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be played at Minnehaha Country Club the week of September 7-13, featuring a $1.8 million purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2022. In its third year, the Sanford International will continue to focus on charitable giving and making a lasting impact in Sioux Falls. These organizations are supported through the proceeds of the tournament and via direct donations to participating charities. For more information about the tournament, please visit sanfordinternational.com. You can also follow the tournament on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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. In 2020, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Morocco, Japan, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $59 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. 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, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.