June 11, 2019

Press Release – Nicklaus and Stockton families join 2019 Sanford International

Jack Nicklaus and Dave Stockton highlight EMC Legends Series
Gary Nicklaus and Dave Stockton Jr. to play for the Sanford International trophy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Record 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus and two-time PGA Championship winner Dave Stockton will be among those participating in an exhibition golf event during the Sanford International at Minnehaha Country Club.

The EMC Legends Series is a nine-hole match-play exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 21. Two additional golf legends will be announced later. The event highlights icons from the world of golf who have made an impact on the game and in local and international communities. The series benefits charities supported by the Sanford International.

“Last year’s EMC Legends Series was a fun afternoon spent playing golf with good friends in front of a gallery full of enthusiastic crowds, and I’m excited to come back to Sioux Falls to take part in it again,” said Jack Nicklaus. “The support we felt that afternoon from the community proved that the Dakotas deserve major events like the Sanford international.”

The opening ceremonies of the Sanford International features two of the first families of golf. Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and Dave and Cathy Stockton will be on the first tee as their sons Gary and Dave Jr. compete in the tournament as sponsor exemptions.

Gary Nicklaus recently qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, and Dave Stockton Jr. has two professional wins.

“I have heard the enthusiasm and support of the Sanford International is amazing,” said Gary Nicklaus. “Nothing is better than playing in front of large galleries, and it will be very special to have my parents there as I compete in the tournament.”

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to play in this year’s Sanford International,” said Dave Stockton, Jr. “I’m working hard on my game, and I look forward to competing with the best players on the PGA TOUR Champions.”

Tickets to the Sanford International are available online at, at the Sanford Pentagon, Austad’s Golf locations in Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Fargo, Rapid City and Omaha, or by calling 877-748-3376.

Volunteer registration for the 2019 Sanford International is open. We are excited to welcome more than 1,200 new and returning volunteers. Choose from more than 20 different committees. Visit for information.

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 16-22, featuring a $1.8 million purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2022. In its second 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 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 32 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 2019, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Japan, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $58 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, at, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.


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