NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 16, 2015)-Zurich Classic of New Orleans fans can support the charitable mission of the Fore!Kids Foundation this year by participating in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron)-a new program that will be implemented during the Zurich Classic and other PGA TOUR tournaments in 2015.
From now until noon on Saturday, April 25, fans are encouraged to visit PGATOUR.com/Volunteers and vote for their favorite Zurich Classic of New Orleans volunteer. At the end of the voting period, the volunteer with the most votes will have the chance to present a check from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. for $10,000 in his or her name to the Fore!Kids Foundation. The check presentation will take place on Sunday during the concert in the 19th hole, approximately 30 minutes after the tournament ends. In addition, the tournament has the potential to raise up to an additional $30,000 in bonus funds for the Fore!Kids Foundation based on the number of votes earned by collectively by volunteers.
"The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is a great way to help generate funds for the Fore!Kids Foundation while recognizing the hundreds of volunteers who annually donate their time, passion and commitment to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans," said Zurich Classic of New Orleans CEO Steve Worthy. "We encourage everyone to visit the website and vote for your favorite volunteer, and we encourage volunteers who have not yet signed up for the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge to do so and tell their friends, family member and co-workers to vote!"
Additionally, fans can visit the Putt for Charity Challenge tent at TPC Louisiana during tournament week to help increase the donation for charity. The Putt for Charity Challenge, also sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron), will enable attendees to test their putting skills, with three chances to putt and win exciting prizes. Astellas Pharma US, Inc. will donate $1 to the Fore!Kids Foundation for each registered Putt for Charity Challenge participant, up to $5,000.
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana (11001 Lapalco Blvd., Avondale) features 156 of the world's best professional golfers led by defending champion Seung-Yul Noh competing for a $6.9 million prize purse. PGA TOUR players confirmed to compete this year include Justin Rose, Jason Day, Billy Horschel and Rickie Fowler. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call (504) 342-3000 or visit www.zurichgolfclassic.com. To learn more about the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge and to register to participate, visit www.PGATOUR/Volunteers.
About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Televised in more than 224 countries and territories, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans generates a significant economic impact on the city of New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Independent research has shown that the tournament generates spending of more than $40 million within the local economy and garners $33 million in positive national and international media exposure for both the city and state throughout the year beyond the four days of competition.
The tournament will be played April 20-26, 2015 at TPC Louisiana in Westwego. The purse for 2015 totals $6.9 million, with the winner taking home $1,242,000.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2014, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $140 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR's all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
The PGA TOUR's website is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.