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Umpqua Bank Challenge: It's Not Your Usual Golf Tournament
August 26-28, 2012
Regence Pro-Am, Sunday, August 26
Main Field Competition, Monday and Tuesday, August 27-28
Steve Elkington and Scott McCarron
The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club
Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Oregon
Regence Pro-Am Field
More than 20 professionals and celebrities will participate in this year's Regence Pro-Am, including:
Find detailed info on our Regence Pro-Am field here.
Regence Pro-Am Format
Two-Net Best-Ball: pro-am teams will consist of four amateurs and either one celebrity or PGA TOUR/LPGA Tour professional. Players will drive on each hole then select the tee shot it determines is in the best position. Each team member will then play his/her own ball through the remainder of the hole and select the two best scores.
Mix of 16 PGA TOUR and Champions Tour professionals, up-and-comers and entertainers:
Professionals will be paired into two-man teams. Monday and Tuesday the main field will play be a best ball format. In the event of a tie at the conclusion of 36 holes, the playoff will be a chip-out on the 18th.
History of The Umpqua Bank Challenge
In 1986, PGA TOUR professional and Northwest-native Peter Jacobsen turned a dream into a reality. His idea for combining professional golf, competition, and fun for the spectators and players alike, proved to be a formula for success and The Fred Meyer Challenge, as it was then known, in Portland, Oregon became a milestone by which all other non-TOUR events have since been judged.
Over the years, the popular two-man, stroke play best-ball format allowed the players to develop a special camaraderie. With a laid-back, fun-filled atmosphere, the players looked forward to August and The Fred Meyer Challenge, and it eventually evolved into an annual “happening” in the community. This unique golf tournament grew into a four-day event with a field of 24 PGA TOUR professionals, a payout of $1.15 million, more than 300 national sponsors, and 50,000+ spectators. It was broadcast on ESPN, reaching a U.S. audience of more than 82 million households and an international audience of around 30 million households throughout Latin America, Australia, Canada, the Middle East and Africa.
Nearly 100 professionals participated in The Challenge, amassing a list that reads like a “Who’s Who” of accomplished professional golfers – Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, Azinger, Stewart, Faxon, Andrade, Strange, Crenshaw, Norman, Faldo, Calcavecchia, Couples, Mickelson, Singh, Zoeller, Trevino, Irwin, Stadler, Kite, Daly, Watson, Lehman, Cook, Elkington, Rodriguez, Cink, Garcia, Kuchar, Toms, DiMarco and many more.