The Ascension Golf Classic is this week at Norwood Hills

Updated Tuesday Sept. 6, 2022

Updated Friday Sept. 2, 2022

FINAL FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON

Elite field includes eight of the top-10 in the Charles Schwab Cup, 21 PGA TOUR Champions major championship title holders and four World Golf Hall of Fame members

  1. LOUIS (September 2, 2022)–Tournament officials announced today the final field for the second annual Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. scheduled for next week, Sept. 5 – 11. This elite roster of 78* players collectively represent 226 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including 21 senior major championship titles.

The field also contains 14 PGA TOUR major championship wins and four World Golf Hall of Fame members, including Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer, Collin Montgomerie, and José María Olazábal. Eight of the top-10 players in the Charles Schwab Cup ranking are represented, including four of the top-5: Steven Alker (No.1), Padraig Harrington (No.2), Jerry Kelly (No.3), and last week’s winner on PGA TOUR Champions Steve Stricker (No. 5). Stricker and Harrington will both be making their first starts at next week’s Ascension Charity Classic. Since Harrington’s PGA TOUR Champions debut last October, the Irishman has racked up eight top-5 finishes over 12 starts, including two wins and four runner-up efforts.

The world-class field also features the current Senior Open Championship winner Darren Clarke, PGA TOUR Champions reigning Rookie of the Year Jim Furyk, defending Ascension Charity Classic champion David Toms, Masters winner Mike Weir, fan favorite John Daly, and Ascension Ambassadors St. Louis native Jay Williamson, PGA TOUR Champions rookies Justin Leonard and David Duval, and 2022 Payne Stewart Award winner Billy Andrade.

Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at ascensioncharityclassic.com. Two types of weekly admission options are available, a Clubhouse Ticket as well as a Grounds Ticket. Daily tickets are also offered. Tickets start at $20, and kids 16 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult.

2022 FIELD OF COMPETITORS AS OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2022, AT 6 P.M. (CST)

Alker, Steven

Allen, Michael

Allenby, Robert

Ames, Stephen

Andrade, Billy

Appleby, Stuart

Austin, Woody

Barron, Doug

Beckman, Cameron

Bertsch, Shane

Branshaw, David

Broadhurst, Paul

Choi, K.J.

Clarke, Darren

Daly, John

Dawson, Marco

Day, Glen

DiMarco, Chris

Dodd, Stephen

Duke, Ken

Dunlap, Scott

Durant, Joe

Duval, David

Els, Ernie

Estes, Bob

Flesch, Steve

Frazar, Harrison

Frost, David

Funk, Fred

Furyk, Jim

Gay, Brian

Gillis, Tom

Haas, Jay

Harrington, Padraig

Herron, Tim

Huston, John

Jaidee, Thongchai

Janzen, Lee

Jobe, Brandt

Karlsson, Robert

Kelly, Jerry

Labritz, Rob

Langer, Bernhard

Leonard, Justin

Maggert, Jeff

Mayfair, Billy

McCarron, Scott

Mediate, Rocco

Montgomerie, Colin

O’Neal, Timothy +

Olazábal, José María

Pampling, Rod

Parel, Scott

Parnevik, Jesper

Pavin, Corey

Pernice Jr., Tom

Petrovic, Tim

Pride, Dicky

Quigley, Brett

Rowland, Roger

Sauers, Gene

Short, Jr., Wes

Sindelar, Joey

Sluman, Jeff

Stankowski, Paul

Stricker, Steve

Sutherland, Kevin

Tanigawa, Ken

Toms, David

Triplett, Kirk

Waldorf, Duffy

Weir, Mike

Williamson, Jay +

Yang, Y.E.

 

4 Event Qualifiers(4)

78 Players in Field

Alternates

Byrum, Tom

McKenzie, David

Jones, Kent

Mize, Larry

Pate, Steve

Beem, Rich

Cochran, Russ

Browne, Olin

Armour III, Tommy

Hensby, Mark

Wi, Charlie

Walker, Mark

Franco, Carlos

Blake, Jay Don

Toledo, Esteban

*The 2022 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson field includes four event qualifiers. The qualifying tournament will be held on Monday, 9/5/22, on the West Course at Norwood Hills Country Club.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND BROADCAST TIMES (Note: Schedule times and events subject to change)

Thursday, September 8

  • Gates Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • Pro Shop Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • Official Tournament Pro-Am

o    Morning Tee Times: 7:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

o    Afternoon Tee Times: 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

  • Ascension Charity Classic Youth Clinic presented by Accenture¾for Diversity Golf; First Tee of Greater St. Louis; PGA REACH Gateway; and Youth on Course: 4:30 p.m. (driving range)
  • World Wide Technology Youth on Course event – featuring a pizza party and behind-the-scenes tournament tour
  • APGA St. Louis – Ascension Classic presented by Daugherty Business Solutions (Glen Echo Country Club)

o    FIRST ROUND 8 a.m. – 10:33 a.m. tee times

Friday, September 9

  • Gates Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • Pro Shop Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • Opening Ceremony – 7:45 a.m.
  • First Round Official Tournament Competition: Tee times begin at 8:15 a.m. (estimated)
  • Accenture Women’s Leadership Breakfast – 8:30-11 a.m. (UMSL, the Touhill)
  • APGA St. Louis – Ascension Classic presented by Daugherty Business Solutions (Glen Echo Country Club)

o    SECOND (FINAL) ROUND 8 a.m. – 10:33 a.m. tee times

o    Trophy Presentation 3 p.m. (estimated)

Broadcast

Golf Channel: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

  • Gates Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • Pro Shop Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • Second Round Official Tournament Competition: Tee times begin at 8:15 a.m. (estimated)
  • Legends Media Availability with Lee Trevino, Nancy Lopez, Hale Irwin, Ozzie Smith, Craig Berube, and Ryan O’Reilly – 11:30 a.m. Putting Green (Media Only)
  • Legends Charity Challenge presented by Worldwide Technology – featuring Lee Trevino, Nancy Lopez, Hale Irwin, Ozzie Smith, Craig Berube, and Ryan O’Reilly: 3:30 p.m. start (estimated) on the 10th tee following final tournament grouping

Broadcast

Golf Channel: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 11

  • Gates Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • Pro Shop Open – 7:30 a.m.
  • 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony presented by Schnucks – 7:30 a.m. (Norwood Hills clubhouse front lawn flag pole)
  • Final Round Official Tournament Competition: Tee times begin at 8:15 a.m. (estimated)
  • Trophy Presentation Following Play

Broadcast

Golf Channel: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Ascension Charity Classic is one of the premier Regular Season events on the PGA TOUR Champions and will give way to the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs¾a season-ending, three-tournament series used to determine the TOUR’s season-long champion.

Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at ascensioncharityclassic.com. Two types of weekly admission options are available, a Clubhouse Ticket as well as a Grounds Ticket. Daily tickets are also offered. Tickets start at $20, and kids 16 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult.

All three rounds of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson will be broadcast on Golf Channel. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 170 countries and territories, reaching more than 340 million potential households, and distributed in 15+ markets via GOLFTV.

For more information about the Ascension Charity Classic, including ticket, pro-am and hospitality availability, visit the Ascension Charity Classic website at ascensioncharityclassic.com. For the latest news and updates on social media, follow the tournament on Twitter at @ascensionccg, on Facebook at facebook.com/ascensioncharityclassic and Instagram at @ascensioncharityclassic.

About Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson

The Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson is an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions operated by Tournaments for Charity, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity. This 54-hole stroke play golf tournament features 81 PGA TOUR Champions professionals competing for a $2 million purse at historic Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is designed to showcase the best golf on the PGA TOUR Champions for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit local charities in the North St. Louis County area and beyond. All three official rounds will be internationally televised on the Golf Channel. For more information, visit ascensioncharityclassic.com.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers 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. 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.

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Updated Saturday Sept. 3, 2022

Jay Delsing headlines field for Monday Qualifier at Norwood Hills Country Club for Ascension Charity Classic

WHAT

Monday Qualifier tournament for the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson.

WHY

The final four spots in the Ascension Charity Classic’s field of competitors (total of 78 players) will be earned by the top four finishers in the Monday Qualifier tournament on September 5.

Note: Five playing positions within the official Monday Qualifier tournament have been provided to the top-5 finishers from the Pre-Qualifier tournament held on Friday, September 2 at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton, IL. The top-5 finishers are listed below in their finishing order.

  • Patrick Patterson -5 (67)
  • Jeff Lyons -4 (68)
  • Bill Breen -4 (68)
  • Tim Weinhart -3 (69)
  • Brian Cooper -2 (70)

WHEN

Monday Qualifier Tournament – Monday, September 5, with tee times starting at 8 a.m.

WHO

Field, tee times, pairings and results information available at:

Pre-Qualifier: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/8323168132575287719  (FULL RESULTS)

Monday Qualifier: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/8584704764808288607

Featured Tour professionals competing in the Monday Qualifier include:

  • Jay Delsing
  • Carlos Franco
  • Matt Gogel
  • Jonathan Kaye
  • Frank Lickliter
  • Len Mattiace
  • Bob May
  • Esteban Toledo

WHERE

Norwood Hills Country Club  

Updated Thursday July 28, 2022:

Wednesday the Ascension Charity Classic hosted the second annual Legends Luncheon presented by Centene and Missouri Division of Tourism. Guests enjoyed a wonderful event at Norwood Hills featuring golf legends Lee Trevino and Nancy Lopez (shown in the photo, left).

The Legends Luncheon celebrates the philanthropic spirit of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson with all proceeds benefitting charity, including the tournament’s primary beneficiaries, Marygrove, a residential facility for children and teens; the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

 

Update June 29, 2022:

Nine three-person teams, featuring one PGA TOUR Champions professional, one corporate sponsor participant and one junior/youth player, will compete in a scramble-format putting match or a nine-hole mini golf course. The top three teams will take home bonus prizes of $10,000, $7,000 and $3,000 respectively.

The announced charities to date participating in the RSM Charity Putting Challenge include:

  • Marygrove, sponsored by Drury Hotels
  • Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, sponsored by Associated Couriers
  • Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, sponsored by Carlos and Rebecca Saenz
  • Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, sponsored by The Mulcahy Family
  • The remaining five charities and their sponsors will be announced at a later date

Original Article June 14, 2022

Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin and Nancy Lopez to headline 2022 Legends luncheon; tickets available

The Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced today that World Golf Hall of Fame members Lee Trevino, Nancy Lopez and Hale Irwin will headline the tournament’s second annual Legends Luncheon presented by Centene and Missouri Division of Tourism at Norwood Hills Country Club on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

This unique and inspiring event brings together several of golf’s greatest legends to benefit the Tournament’s primary charities, including Marygrove, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

The 2022 Legends Luncheon will showcase Trevino, Lopez, and Irwin sharing stories from their playing days, which feature a combined 12 PGA TOUR and LPGA major championships, 97 tour wins, and 75 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including 11 majors.

“The Legends Luncheon annually marks the unofficial kickoff of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson,” said Nick Ragone, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Ascension.  “The goal of the Luncheon is to support our Tournament’s charitable efforts, which last year raised over $1 million for area charities. Having legends like Trevino, Lopez and Irwin in St. Louis promoting golf and our Tournament will be a treat for attendees and a reminder for St. Louis that the best players in the world will be here again in September.”

Tickets for the Legends Luncheon can be purchased by emailing tickets@ascensioncharityclassic.com or by calling the tournament office at 314.938.2828. Luncheon attendance will be limited to the purchase of tables of 10. 

“The Missouri Division of Tourism’s support for the Legends Luncheon and the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson is just one way that we showcase great experiences in our state,” said Missouri Division of Tourism Director Stephen Foutes. “We are excited to have these iconic golfers in our state, and to welcome fans for a thrilling weekend of golf in St. Louis.”

No stranger to St. Louis, Trevino won the St. Louis Classic at Norwood Hills in 1972, the last professional tournament played at the 100-year-old course before last year’s inaugural Ascension Charity Classic.

Trevino is arguably one of the best ball-strikers golf has ever seen. A natural performer, the Texas native shaped a very original path to the top of the sport. Entirely self-taught at first, Trevino became a golf professional in 1960 after a four-year stint in the Marines, and took his first job working as an assistant in El Paso, TX, before joining the professional golf circuit in 1966.

During his career, Trevino won 29 PGA TOUR titles, including six major championships: the U.S. Open twice (1968, 1971), back-to-back British Opens in 1971 and 1972, and the PGA Championship in 1974 and 1984, his final TOUR victory came at age 44. He also won 29 PGA TOUR Champions tournaments⎯ranked third all-time⎯four of them majors.  Trevino won the Vardon Trophy for low scoring average five times, and was named PGA Player of the Year and the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated’s Athlete of the Year in 1971.

Lopez grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, where she won the state amateur when she was 12, two U.S. Girls’ Junior titles, an NCAA title, and, in 1975, she finished second in the U.S. Women’s Open. Lopez accomplished all of this before turning professional in 1978.

During her first full year on the LPGA Tour, Lopez won nine tournaments, including five in a row, and was named LPGA Rookie of the year, LPGA Player of the Year, and was the recipient of the Vare Trophy given to the LPGA Tour player with the lowest scoring average of the season. Lopez is the only player to win all three awards in the same season.

Over the course of her professional career Lopez received LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors a total of four times (1978, 1979, 1985, 1988) and the Vare Trophy three times. With 48 career LPGA victories, including three majors, Lopez is considered one of the greatest female golfers of all time and one of the game’s all-time greats.

Irwin, a Missouri native, is one of the most accomplished PGA TOUR Champions players of all time. His 45 wins rank first on Tour, and he holds the No. 2 position on the Tour’s career money list. The two-time Charles Schwab Cup winner recorded 20 titles on the PGA TOUR, including three U.S. Open Championship victories.

Irwin grew to love the game of golf at an early age from his father. Hale first broke 70 at age 14. At that time, the Irwin family relocated to Boulder, Colorado, where Irwin began to star at the prep level in golf, football, and baseball. Irwin led Boulder High School to a state title in football as their quarterback his senior year, earning a scholarship to the University of Colorado. Combined with his numerous state championships in golf, Irwin was named to the Colorado State High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

At the University of Colorado, Irwin was a four-year letterman in golf and won the Big Eight Conference Championship two years in a row and the NCAA Championship in 1967. He was also a two-time All-Big Eight selection as a football defensive back.

Irwin began his prolific professional golf career in 1968. He captured his first PGA TOUR title in 1971 and the first of his three U.S. Open wins in 1974 at Winged Foot Golf Club.

The Ascension Charity Classic has established a legacy of giving in St. Louis and beyond. In 2020, despite not hosting a tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ascension Charity Classic donated $225,000 in support of North St. Louis County communities, bringing the official PGA TOUR Champions event’s total charitable donations since its inception to more than $1 million.

The Ascension Charity Classic will be one of the premier Regular Season events on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2022, which will give way to the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs⎯a season-ending, three-tournament series used to determine the TOUR’s season-long champion.

For more information about the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, including ticket, pro-am and hospitality availability, visit the Ascension Charity Classic website at ascensioncharityclassic.com. For the latest news and updates on social media, follow the tournament on Twitter at @ascensionccg, on Facebook at facebook.com/ascensioncharityclassic and Instagram at @ascensioncharityclassic.

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About Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson

The Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson is an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions operated by Tournaments for Charity, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity. This 54-hole stroke play golf tournament features 81 PGA TOUR Champions professionals competing for a $2 million purse at historic Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is designed to showcase the best golf on the PGA TOUR Champions for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit local charities in the North St. Louis County area and beyond. All three official rounds will be internationally televised on the Golf Channel. For more information, visit ascensioncharityclassic.com.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers 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. 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.

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