• Stewart Cink and son Connor Cink
  • Winning Putt
  • Jack Nicklaus

December 11-14, 2014

The PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes is a two person golf tournament for Major champion golfers and (usually) their sons. This is your chance to see the Major golf champions team-up with their son, daughter, or grandchild and play the game they truly love - together.

2013 Tournament Results

Official Pro-Am and Competition Leaderboards.
  • Pro-Am Day 1

    Live scoring by VPAR.

    View Round 1 Leaderboard

  • Pro-Am Day 2

    Live scoring by VPAR.

    View Round 2 Leaderboard

  • Round 1

    First-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this tournament 11 times over the previous 15 events. This year marks the first time Stewart/Connor Cink have played in the event. Should the Cinks go on and win tomorrow, it would mark the first time since the inaugural event in 1995 that a team won in their first appearance.

    1. Stewart/Conner Cink 29-32—61

    2. Steve/Sam Elkington 30-32—62

    3. Jack/Gary Nicklaus 32-31—63

    4. David Duval/Dean Karavites 32-32—64
        Vijay/Qass Singh 31-33—64
        Hale/Steve Irwin 30-34—64
        Davis/Dru Love III 31-33—64

    8. Curtis/Thomas Strange 33-32--65
        Lanny/Tucker Wadkins 32-33--65

    10. Bernhard/Christina Langer 34-32—66
          Raymond/Ray Jr. Floyd 34-32--66

    12. Sandy/James Lyle 35-32—67
          Nick/Matthew Faldo 33-34—67
          Larry/Drew Nelson 33-34--67

    15. Lee/Connor Janzen 33-35--68
          Mark/Shaun O’Meara 32-36--68
          Dave/Dave Stockton, Jr. 37-31—68

    18. Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Chappo 35-35--70
          Lee/Daniel Trevino 36-34--70

    20. Nick/Greg Price 35-37--72

  • Final Round

    The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Orlando, FL / Par: 36-36--72 Yards: 7,123 / Purse: $1,085,000


    WINNERS: Stewart Cink/Conner Cink 61-61—122 (-23) $200,000/team

    2. Steve Elkington/Sam Elkington 62-63—125 $68,625/team

    4. Davis Love III/Dru Love 64-63 – 127 $50,000/team

    5. Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus 63-65 – 128 $48,500/team

    7. Raymond Floyd/Ray Floyd Jr. 66-63—129 $46,500/team

    9. Bernhard Langer/Christina Langer 66-64 – 130 $44,250/team
    Vijay Singh/Qass Singh 64-61 – 125 $68,625/team
    Curtis Strange/Thomas Strange 65-63 – 128 $48,500/team
    Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin 64-65 – 129 $46,500/team
    Larry Nelson/Drew Nelson 67-63 -- 130 $44,250/team
    Mark O’Meara/Shaun O’Meara 68-62 – 130 $44,250/team
    Lanny Wadkins/Tucker Wadkins 65-65 – 130 $44,250/team
    Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo 67-65—132 $42,750/team

    13. David Duval/Dean Karavites 64-68—132 $42,750/team

    15. Lee Janzen/Connor Janzen 68-65 – 133 $42,000/team

    16. Sandy Lyle/James Lyle 67-67 – 134 $41,500/team

    17. Dave Stockton/Dave Stockton, Jr. 68-67 – 135 $41,000/team

    18. Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino 70-68 --138 $40,500/team

    19. Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Zappo 70-69 –139 $40,250/team

    20. Nick Price/Greg Price 72-69 –141 $40,000/team

PNC Family Challenge
   A Qualifying Event for the PNC Father/Son Challenge Pro-Am

In keeping with the spirit of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, PNC hosts golf tournaments during the summer/fall of 2013. At these events, family teams have an opportunity to compete to win spots in the official Pro-Am of the PNC Father/Son Challenge and play alongside some of the most famous names in golf. Each event included 36 teams (72 participants), including both a "parent" and "child". Parents were required to have a handicap of 24 or better while children must be at least 15 with a handicap of 30 or better.


Family Challenge Champions

Pro-Am Regional Qualifier Champions

Tournament Information

Check back here for the most up-to-date information
  • Photo highlights from 2012

    For more photos visit our official Facebook page. Photos by Replay Sports Mgmt.

    • Davis Love III and son Dru win
    • Davis Love III and son Dru
    • Lining up the winning putt
    • The King and The Golden Bear
    • Vijay Singh and son Qass
    • Team Nelson
    • Bernhard Langer and daughter Chrissy
    • Lee Janzen signs autographs
    • Arnold Palmer and grandson Will Wears
    • Fred Funk and son Taylor
    • Fuzzy Zoeller signs autographs
  • Tickets for 2014 are on sale.

    If you have any questions, please call 407-272-7506 or email us before placing your order. .

    Buy Tickets


    • $45 Weekly Grounds - Includes four (4) Any Day Grounds tickets.
    • $15 Any Day Grounds - Valid any single day of the event from Thursday, December 11 to Sunday, December 14.
    • Free Youth Ticket - Complimentary ticket for youths 12 years and younger with an accompanying adult.


    Buy Now

    HOSPITALITY

    Skybox Hospitality is available for purchase. Contact Teo Sodeman at 301-440-2479

  • Parking Saturday & Sunday

    All public parking will be free on-site.

    Directions to the course

    FROM THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
    1. Follow "North Exit" signs out of the airport
    2. Take 528 West (Beachline - Toll Road)
    3. Exit 3 (John Young Parkway South/423) off 528 (Beachline)
    4. At bottom of exit, turn left onto John Young Parkway
    5. Turn right onto Central Florida Parkway (2nd traffic light)
    6. Entrance to Grande Lakes Orlando will be on the left

    FROM INTERSTATE 4 EAST OR WEST
    1. Take exit 72 onto 528 East (Beachline - Toll Road)
    2. Exit 3A (John Young Parkway South/423) off 528 (Beachline)
    3. At bottom of exit, bear right onto John Young Parkway
    4. Turn right onto Central Florida Parkway (2nd traffic light)
    5. Entrance to Grande Lakes Orlando will be on the left

    FROM SOUTH FLORIDA VIA FLORIDA'S TURNPIKE
    1. Take Florida's Turnpike North to exit 254 (Toll Road - SunPass/E-PASS Only)
    2. Follow signs to 528 West (Beachline - Toll Road)
    3. Exit 3 (John Young Parkway South/423) off 528 (Beachline)
    4. At bottom of exit, turn left onto John Young Parkway
    5. Turn right onto Central Florida Parkway (2nd traffic light)
    6. Entrance to Grande Lakes Orlando will be on the left

  • Final Round Groupings and Tee Times for Sunday December 15, 2013

    8:30 a.m.

    Nick/Greg Price

    72
      Lee/Daniel Trevino 70
    8:41 a.m.

    Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Chappo

    70
      Dave/Dave Stockton, Jr. 68
    8:52 a.m.

    Mark/Shaun O’Meara

    68
      Lee/Conner Janzen 68
    9:03 a.m.

    Larry/Drew Nelson

    67
      Nick/Matthew Faldo 67
    9:14 a.m.

    Sandy/James Lyle

    67
      Raymond/Raymond. Jr. Floyd 66
    9:25 a.m.

    Bernhard/Christina Langer

    66
      Lanny/Tucker Wadkins 65
    9:36 a.m.

    Curtis/Thomas Strange

    65
      Davis/Dru Love III 64

    9:47 a.m.

    Hale/Steve Irwin

    64
      Vijay/Qass Singh 64
    9:58 a.m.

    David Duval/Dean Karavites

    64
      Jack/Gary Nicklaus 63
    10:09 a.m.

    Steve/Sam Elkington

    62
      Stewart/Connor Cink 61
  • Media Release

    July 30, 2014

    Stewart and Connor Cink to defend their title Dec. 11-14, 2014, Live on Golf Channel and NBC

    ORLANDO, Fla. (July 30, 2014) – IMG Golf announced today that The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has renewed its contract as title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    PNC became title sponsor in 2012, bringing back the tournament that was held for 15 years from 1995-2008. The multi-year extension keeps the final event of the Champions Tour season in Orlando, Fla., reflecting PNC’s commitment to Central Florida.

     “We are grateful for PNC’s continued support and pleased that the PNC Father/Son Challenge continues to allow fans to watch the legends of the game play the game they love with those they love most,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG.

    The 20-team field will be made up of defending champions Stewart and Connor Cink and 19 more of the game’s greatest golfers and their son or daughter, all vying for the championship title Dec. 11-14 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes.

    “Last year was the first time I had the privilege of playing in the PNC Father Son so I wasn’t quite sure how we would do,” said Stewart Cink. “We ended up playing great and had the best time together. It was an incredible event and a special week for our entire family. Winning the event and sharing the victory with my son was just icing on the cake.”

    Past winners include Davis Love III (2012), Larry Nelson (2004, 2007-08), Bernhard Langer (2005-06), Hale Irwin (2003), Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001) and Jack Nicklaus (1999), who is scheduled to play this year with son, Jack Nicklaus II.

    Community support is a key aspect of the tournament and PNC’s sponsorship. In the past two years, PNC has donated $300,000 to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Last year, all military personnel and children were admitted free and local non-profit organizations sold passes and used all the proceeds.

    “As one of the nation’s largest banks, this tournament is a great way to promote our brand and make a difference in the community,” said Lou Cestello, who oversees PNC’s office of regional presidents.

    Television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2-3 p.m. ET and NBC from 3-6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14. Golf Channel will also air a Pro-Am Special on Friday, Dec. 12.

    Now Available: Tickets and Volunteer Opportunities
    Tickets are now on sale, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full tournament pass (four days), by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children age 15 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.

    Volunteer opportunities and skybox hospitality are available by calling Teo Sodeman at 301-440-2479.

    To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters and grandsons participate over the years.

    The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.

    About PNC
    The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

    About NBC Sports Group
    When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 12 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

    About IMG
    IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.

    About Grande Lakes Orlando
    Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott Hotels. In particular, the Grande Lakes Adventure Experiences program, which includes kayak and canoe eco-tours and a fishing school, reflects the resort’s natural surroundings. Grande Lakes also offers the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly, new total-wellness inspired treatment programs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks.

    Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa offering a new rooftop eco-space, a wide selection of natural treatments, baths and hydrotherapies. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit www.grandelakes.com.

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    Media Contacts:
    Mike Scanlan, IMG Golf, 216-436-3544, Mike.Scanlan@img.com
    Liz McCollum, BZA PR on behalf of PNC Father/Son Challenge, 813-421-0550, elizabethm@bzapr.com
    Dana Gordon, BZA PR on behalf of PNC Father/Son Challenge, 856-397-2917, danag@bzapr.com
    Patrick McMahon, PNC, 412-762-4550, patrick.mcmahon@pnc.com


    Media Release

    PNC Extends Title Sponsorship of PNC Father/Son Challenge

    November 13, 2013

    ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Nick Price never had the opportunity to play the PNC Father/Son Challenge in the past. Not because he couldn’t qualify – he is, after all, a three-time major champion – or because he didn’t have the desire. Price simply didn’t have a partner because none of his three children played golf.

    But 2013 is different for the President’s Cup captain.

    Price’s son, Greg, took up the game of golf eight months ago and, in December, they will play together for the first time at the 2013 PNC Father/Son Challenge. Price is one of 20 fathers who will vie for the Willie Park trophy alongside their son or daughter when the tournament is played Dec. 12-15, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

    "Greg said to me, ‘Dad, they’re having the Father/Son again and I really want to play’ and I thought that would be great," Price said. "I’m sure it’s going to be great fun. I think we’ll laugh a lot. I just want him to enjoy it. If he enjoys it, he’ll want to do it again."

    Price, an 18-time PGA TOUR winner, is eager to tee it up alongside his son.

    "I’ll give him some fatherly advice on something I have experienced many times," he said. "I’ll just tell him to focus and put his normal swing on. It will be new ground for both of us."

    Price will be joined by a field full of golf’s biggest legends when the PNC Father/Son Challenge tees off for the 16th time, Dec. 12-15, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

    The PNC Father/Son Challenge, held for 15 years from 1995-2008, made a triumphant return last season with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Davis Love III and his son, Davis “Dru” Love IV, hoisted the Willie Park trophy and return as defending champions this year alongside past winners and legends of the game including Larry Nelson (2004, 2007-08), Bernhard Langer (2005-06), Hale Irwin (2003), Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001) and Jack Nicklaus (1999), who will play this year with son, Jack Nicklaus II.

    Television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time and NBC from 4 to 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15.

    To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters and grandsons participate over the years.

    Fans are able to purchase tickets, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full week tournament pass, online by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children age 12 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.

    Skybox Hospitality is also available for purchase by calling 301-440-2479.

    The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.


    Media Release

    Two-Time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen Returns to PNC Father/Son Challenge With Great Memories

    Janzen will greet fans at the PNC Father/Son Challenge Interactive Experience at Orlando’s Fall Fiesta in the Park, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

    October 30, 2013

    ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Lee Janzen cemented his place in golf history with two U.S. Open victories, but a gesture he made to a friend goes a long way toward showing that the golf legend and PNC Father/Son Challenge competitor is much more than a golfer.

    Janzen will appear at the 2013 PNC Father/Son Challenge interactive experience at Orlando’s Fall Fiesta in the Park, from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 along Lake Eola. Hosted in conjunction with Nike and Edwin Watts, Janzen will be on hand to greet fans, sign autographs and give swing tips.

    The Orlando resident most recently played the PNC Father/Son Challenge in 2012 with his son, Connor, who returns again this year. In 2004, Janzen made Father/Son history when he invited his late friend Payne Stewart’s son, Aaron, to play.

    “Even before last year, I knew what a great time the Father/Son was,” he continued. “I’m happy that Aaron Stewart got to play in the Father/Son with me, and later with Paul Azinger in 2008.”

    Janzen and Stewart were dear friends and fierce competitors. Both of Janzen’s U.S. Open victories came over Stewart, and his PLAYERS Championship win came on a day when he was paired with Stewart in the final group. While watching the Father/Son on television in 2003, Janzen realized that Aaron Stewart would never have the opportunity to play the event. After a call to NBC Sports, it was agreed that Janzen could invite Aaron to enjoy the tournament from inside-the-ropes in 2004.

    “Last year’s Father/Son was an awesome experience,” said Janzen, who finished 11th alongside Connor in 2012. “Competing with my son Connor at my side during any tournament would be cool, but to play with Connor alongside the greats of the game? It doesn’t get any better.”

    Jack Nicklaus headlines a field full of golf’s biggest legends when the PNC Father/Son Challenge tees off for the 15th time, Dec. 12-15, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

    The PNC Father/Son Challenge, held for 14 years from 1995-2008, made a triumphant return last season with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Davis Love III and his son, Davis “Dru” Love IV, hoisted the Willie Park trophy and return as defending champions this year alongside past winners and legends of the game including Larry Nelson (2004, 2007-08), Bernhard Langer (2005-06), Hale Irwin (2003), Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001) and Nicklaus (1999), who will play this year with son, Jack Nicklaus II.

    The 43rd Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola Park will also feature live entertainment at the amphitheater, food and beverage vendors and over 300 original artist and crafter booths.


    Media Release

    Fantastic Field Announced for 2013 PNC Father/Son Challenge

    Jack Nicklaus headlines expanded 20-team field that boasts 430 worldwide wins and 59 major championships

    October 17, 2013, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

    Jack Nicklaus headlines a field full of golf’s biggest legends when the PNC Father/Son Challenge tees off for the 15th time, Dec. 12-15, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

    The family-oriented event, held for 15 years from 1995-2008, made a triumphant return last season with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Davis Love III and his son, Davis “Dru” Love IV, hoisted the Willie Park trophy and return as defending champions this year alongside past winners and legends of the game including Larry Nelson (2004, 2007-08), Bernhard Langer (2005-06), Hale Irwin (2003), Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001) and Nicklaus (1999), who will play this year with son, Jackie.

    The 2013 field grows from 18 to 20 teams, with most legends teeing it up alongside their sons except for Bernhard Langer, who will play alongside his daughter, Christina Langer, and Fuzzy Zoeller, who will tee it up with daughter, Gretchen Chappo.

    Stewart Cink and his son, Connor, and Nick Price and his son, Greg, are set to make their PNC Father/Son Challenge debuts this year.

    “We are elated to once again showcase a first-class and expanded field at the 15th playing of the PNC Father/Son Challenge,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG, co-founder and producer of the event with NBC Sports. “Thanks to the strong support of PNC, and the many players and families who have been a part of the tournament for years, we will once again offer a family-focused atmosphere and the opportunity for fans to see their favorite legends in a unique format.”

    Live television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time and NBC from 4 to 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15. Dan Hicks will serve as play-by-play announcer alongside Gary Koch, Steve Sands, Roger Maltbie, Notah Begay III and Jimmy Roberts.

    “We are extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder of the Father/Son Challenge,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Through the collective efforts of our partners at PNC Bank, Ritz Carlton and IMG, families nationwide can now share in one of the most special events in golf.”

    The 2013 field also boasts 430 victories across the PGA and European Tours, including 59 major championships, and 12 World Golf Hall of Fame members.

    To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not have held a Tour card at any point, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen a daughter and grandson participate over the years. In one poignant exception in 2008, a close family friend also participated when Payne Stewart’s son, Aaron, teamed up with Paul Azinger, Stewart’s long-time friend. The 20-team field competes in a scramble format over 36 holes for the $1 Million prize purse and the Willie Park trophy, named after Willie Park, and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win the British Open five times.

    Fans are able to purchase tickets, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full week tournament pass, online by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children age 12 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.

    Skybox Hospitality is also available for purchase by calling 407-876-7196.

    2013 PNC Father/Son Challenge Field

    1. Stewart Cink/Connor Cink
    2. David Duval/Dean Karavites
    3. Steve Elkington/Sam Elkington
    4. Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo
    5. Raymond Floyd/Raymond Floyd Jr.
    6. Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin
    7. Lee Janzen/Connor Janzen
    8. Bernhard Langer/Christina Langer
    9. Davis Love III/Davis (Dru) Love IV
    10. Sandy Lyle/James Lyle
    11. Larry Nelson/Drew Nelson
    12. Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II
    13. Mark O’Meara/Shaun O’Meara
    14. Nick Price/Greg Price
    15. Dave Stockton/Dave Stockton Jr.
    16. Curtis Strange/Tom Strange
    17. Vijay Singh/Qass Singh
    18. Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino
    19. Lanny Wadkins/Tucker Wadkins
    20. Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Chappo

    About PNC
    The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

    About IMG
    IMG Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with 3,500 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in India, Brazil, China and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Golf and IMG Tennis; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at www.imgworld.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

    About Grande Lakes Orlando
    Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott Hotels. In particular, the Grande Lakes Adventure Experiences program, which includes kayak and canoe eco-tours and a fishing school, reflects the resort’s natural surroundings. Grande Lakes also offers the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly, new total-wellness inspired treatment programs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks.

    Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa offering a new rooftop eco-space, a wide selection of natural treatments, baths and hydrotherapies. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit www.grandelakes.com.

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    Media Contact:
    Mike Scanlan
    IMG
    mike.scanlan@img.com

    George McNeilly
    PNC Father/Son Challenge – Orlando Media Contact
    George@McNeillyCommunications.com


    Media Release

    LEGENDARY PAIRING OF LONG-TIME FRIENDS, RIVALS ARNOLD PALMER AND JACK NICKLAUS HIGHLIGHTS OPENING-ROUND PLAY AT PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE SATURDAY

    December 12, 2012

    Return of popular tournament offers fans rare opportunity to see two of golf’s icons play together again

    They are two of the greatest players golf has ever seen; their friendship and rivalry over the years has helped define the popularity of the game, and on Saturday, fans will have the chance to see Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus tee it up once more, as they are paired together for the first round of the PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

    Palmer and Nicklaus will headline a star-studded field as 18 legends team up with their sons, daughters, and in one case, grandson, as the popular event returns after a four-year absence. David Duval also joins the field with his step-son, Nick Karavites, after Curtis Strange had to withdraw.

    “I am delighted the Father/Son Challenge is back,” said Nicklaus, who is partnering with son Gary and thus reuniting the winning team from the 1999 Father/Son. “I always enjoy playing with my sons. It’s always very special when you have the opportunity to do anything with your children, and to be able to compete together in a game that has meant so much to me my entire life is a real treat but also a reflection of a uniquely special quality about golf. Gary is going to have to carry me, because since the last Father/Son, I have lost at least 50 yards. He’s going to have to hit it a long way, get me on the green, and maybe I can putt. But I am sure a lot of fathers will be saying that this weekend.”

    “It’s also nice to be able to share the moment with my long-time friend Arnold. My guess is the needle that will be out on Saturday will be a lot longer than our tee shots. We have many cherished memories of the years we competed together, traveled together, the time our wives and families spent together, the laughs we shared, and the friendship we forged. For a couple of old guys, we’ll have a blast Saturday, me playing with my son Gary and Arnold with his grandson Will.”

    Fans are able to purchase tickets, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full week tournament pass, online by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com, or by calling 407-876-7004.

    “The PNC Father/Son Challenge is an event that has meant a lot to me over the years, and I know the other players feel the same way,” said Palmer. “It’s a great opportunity and we’re thankful to PNC for their role in bringing the event back. The chance to team up with our family members, to play in front of the fans, and for me personally to play with Jack again will make this event very special.”

    To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament is also open to other family members including a player’s daughter, grandson or step-children. The 18-team field competes in a scramble format over 36 holes for the $1 million prize purse and the Willie Park trophy, named after Willie Park, and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win the British Open five times.


    Official Release

    ‘LEGENDARY’ FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR RETURN OF PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE THIS FALL

    October 11, 2012

    Family-oriented event boasts 18-team field, including golf icons Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, that has combined for 492 professional wins on the PGA and European Tours, including 67 major championships

    Many of the greatest legends in golf history, including Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, will team up with their sons, daughters, and in one case, grandson, later this year as the PNC Father/Son Challenge returns this Fall. The unique, family-oriented tournament, held for 14 years from 1995-2008, announced a star-studded field today as it prepares to celebrate its return December 13-16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

    The 18-team field, which also includes defending champion Larry Nelson paired with his son, Josh, is made up of players that have combined for 492 professional wins on the PGA and European Tours, including 67 major championships.

    2012 PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE FIELD
    1.Steve Elkington/Sam Elkington (son)
    2.Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo (son)
    3.Raymond Floyd/Robert Floyd (son)
    4.Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin (son)
    5.Lee Janzen/Connor Janzen (son)
    6.Bernhard Langer/Christina Langer (daughter)
    7.Davis Love III/Davis Love IV (Dru Love) (son)
    8.Sandy Lyle/James Lyle (son)
    9.Larry Nelson (Defending Champion)/John Nelson (son)
    10.Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus (son)
    11.Mark O’Meara/Shaun O’Meara (son)
    12.Arnold Palmer/Will Wears (grandson)
    13.Vijay Singh/Qass Singh (son)
    14.Dave Stockton/David Stockton (son)
    15.Curtis Strange/Tom Strange (son)
    16.Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino (son)
    17.Lanny Wadkins/Tucker Wadkins (son)
    18.Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Zoeller (daughter)

    “On behalf of all of the partners who have made the return of this great event possible, as well as the players who were so excited to be able to participate in it again, we are thrilled to announce such an incredible field for this year’s PNC Father/Son Challenge,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG, co-founder and producer of the event with NBC Sports. “For 14 years, the Father/Son Challenge offered a truly unique, family-oriented format as well as an opportunity for these great players to share their love of the game with their sons, daughters and grandchildren. We look forward to celebrating that special bond, and competition, with golf fans in December as the event returns.”

    “We are extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder and creator of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, one of golf’s most special events, and excited to have it back on the NBC schedule,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Through the collective efforts of PNC Bank, Ritz Carlton and IMG, golf families nationwide can now share in the joy of this unique tournament.”

    To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not have held a Tour card at any point, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen a daughter and grandson participate over the years. In one poignant exception in 2008, a close family friend also participated when Payne Stewart’s son, Aaron, teamed up with Paul Azinger, Stewart’s long-time friend. The 18- team field competes in a scramble format over 36 holes for the $1 Million prize purse and the Willie Park trophy, named after Willie Park, and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win the British Open five times.

    “The PNC Father/Son Challenge truly reflects the values and focus on family and relationships that are so important to PNC as a company, and we look forward to celebrating the event’s return with our partners and golf enthusiasts everywhere,” said James E. Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., which was announced as new title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge in March. “The chance to see many of the best golfers in the history of the game will be special for everyone, but we are equally as excited about the opportunity to leave an important legacy by assisting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.”

    Fans are able to purchase tickets, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full week tournament pass, online by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-876-7004.


    Audio Interview

    Tournament Director Scott Wellington on PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM

    May 18, 2012

    PNC Father/Son Challenge Tournament Director Scott Wellington sits down with Matt Adams, the host of the Fairways of Life program on PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM, to discuss the upcoming tournament this December.



    Official Release

    FATHER/SON CHALLENGE RETURNS THIS FALL WITH PNC BANK AS NEW TITLE SPONSOR

    March 24, 2012
    Ritz Carlton Golf Club Orlando Grande Lakes to host celebrated family-oriented event benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospitals for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

    The Father/Son Challenge, a tournament that for 14 years saw many legends of golf team up with their sons in this unique, family- oriented championship event, will return this fall after a three-year hiatus thanks to a new title sponsor in PNC Bank.

    The multi-year agreement was announced today by PNC Father/Son Challenge ambassador Arnold Palmer, and James E. Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Grand Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida will host the event’s return December 15-16 with a portion of proceeds from the event benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospitals for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando. Palmer, Rohr and PNC have a long-term relationship that stems from their western Pennsylvania ties. The event will again be broadcast on NBC.

    "The PNC Father/Son Challenge has always been an event that celebrates family as much as it does championship golf, and like my fellow pros, and fans of the game, I am thrilled and thankful to PNC Bank," said Palmer. "For many years we talked about how the Father/Son Challenge was one of our favorite events to play in all year, not only because it featured a field filled exclusively with major or Players Championship winners, but because it allowed us to share a moment in our career, and our passion for the game, with those that we love the most."

    To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not have held a Tour card at any point, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen a daughter, grandson, and even close family friends participate over the years. The 18-team field competes in a scramble format over 36 holes for the $1 Million prize purse and the Willie Park trophy, named after Willie Park, and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win the British Open five times.

    "PNC's support of the Father/Son Challenge reflects the values and focus on relationships that we share with Arnold and the partners who are bringing back this prestigious tournament," Rohr said. "As the nation’s fifth largest bank, this tournament is a perfect platform to raise the visibility of our brand and, at the same time, support golf among families along with a great cause in the Arnold Palmer Hospitals for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies."

    The Father/Son Challenge was founded in 1995 by NBC Sports and IMG, the world’s leading sports, entertainment and media company, and since that time has been jointly owned by IMG and NBC Sports.

    "We are pleased to have the Father/Son Challenge back on the schedule and we are grateful to PNC for undertaking this sponsorship," said Mike Stevens, Champions Tour President. "All of the players who are eligible for this event are excited about this unique opportunity and look forward to spending the weekend on the course with their sons, competing against some of the greatest players the game has witnessed."

    "We are extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder of the Father/Son Challenge, one of golf’s most special events, and excited to have it back on the NBC schedule," said Jon Miller, president, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "Through the collective efforts of PNC Bank, Ritz Carlton and IMG, golf families nationwide can now share in the joy of this unique tournament."

    "We have firmly believed that the game of golf missed the Father/Son Challenge, and seeing its return has been a high priority for us as a company, but also for me personally," said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG. "It will always be known as the Father/Son Challenge, but in reality, it is a celebration of family and our shared love of the game. In the past we have seen Arnold Palmer play alongside his grandson, Sam, and Fuzzy Zoeller partnering with his daughter, Gretchen. In a very moving moment in 2008, Paul Azinger teamed up with Aaron Stewart, the son of the late golf legend Payne Stewart and Paul’s close friend. I think that highlighted perfectly what this tournament is all about. IMG is grateful to PNC, as well as NBC and the Ritz Carlton, for recognizing the importance of this special tournament and helping to make its return a reality."

    "We are very pleased to welcome the PNC Father/Son Challenge to Grande Lakes Orlando," said Jim Burns, vice president and managing director of Grande Lakes Orlando. "This family-focused tournament solidifies our position as Orlando's premier luxury resort for families and we look forward to hosting the players during this prestigious event."

    About PNC
    PNC Bank, N.A., is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

    About IMG
    IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in China, Brazil and India; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academies; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at www.imgworld.com.

    About NBC Sports Group
    When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the broad reach and storied history of NBC Sports united with Comcast’s 24/7 ability to super-serve fans to create the NBC Sports Group. The sports media company consists of an array of broadcast television, cable television and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports & Olympics, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, 11 SportNets (regional sports networks), and their respective digital properties. Together, the assets of the NBC Sports Group possess an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, IndyCar, and many more.

    About Grande Lakes Orlando
    Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel. The resort offers the culinary mastery of award-winning chefs Norman Van Aken at The Ritz-Carlton and Melissa Kelly at the JW Marriott as well as new total-wellness inspired treatment programs at The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Golf Digest Schools’ golf instruction at the 18-hole Greg Norman championship golf course. Reflecting the resort's natural surroundings, the Grande Lakes Outfitters program includes kayak and canoe eco-tours, an on-site fly-fishing school, guided bird watching tours and nature hikes. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks. For more information visit www.grandelakes.com

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    Contacts:
    Dave Haggith
    IMG
    E-mail: dave.haggith@imgworld.com

    Zoraya Suarez
    PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    E-mail: zoraya.suarez@pnc.com

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Gates Open

    Thursday and Friday – Gates open at 7:00 am (ticket sales and will call)
    Saturday and Sunday – Gates open at 7:30
    Will Call will be open daily until 4:30 (except Sunday)

    The broadcast times for 2013 are:
    • Saturday Dec. 14 on NBC from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. PM ET on Golf Channel
    • Sunday Dec. 15 on NBC from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. PM ET on Golf Channel
    Prohibited Items

    The following information is provided to enhance your visit to the PNC Father/Son Challenge as well as to comply with the rules and regulations established by the PGA TOUR.

    • No cameras/video cameras permitted - allowed only on pro-am days (Thurs/Fri)
    • No radios, TVs, signs or banners
    • No alcoholic beverages may enter or leave the course
    • No clipboards or items for autographs
    • No coolers, chair bags, knapsacks, backpacks or bags larger than six (6) inches will be allowed onto grounds
    • No firearms or explosive devices

    All items are subject to search. You will be asked to return all unauthorized items to your car before you are allowed to enter the grounds.

    Failure to follow the direction of security guards, gallery marshals or championship officials may result in ejection from the grounds or revocation of your tickets without refund. Please observe the rules and regulations noted above.

    Cell Phones

    The new PGA TOUR mobile policy states spectators are allowed to carry mobile devices on the golf course with the volume setting on silent. Fans will be allowed to receive and send messages and check data on the golf course away from play.

    No video recording is permitted at any time during the week.

    Autographs

    During competitive rounds (Saturday - Sunday), a player will not sign autographs during his round until it is completed. An autograph area will be designated, and players have the option to use this area. No autograph items can be brought in, only items purchased on grounds. (No clipboards or items larger than 8" x 12" for autographs.)

    Grounds Admission

    Must have a tournament ticket for grounds admission. Provides access to the golf course, public viewing areas and public concessions.

    Corporate Hospitality

    Skyboxes are at #18 - For corporate sponsors and invited guests. Special credentials required for access. Hospitality access by invitation only.

    Handicapped Information

    There is handicapped parking available with shuttles to the course. There is a handicapped viewing area on #18. There is disabled seating available (limited) and wheelchairs are welcome but not provided. Restrooms are available on the course. Cart paths are paved for wheelchair or motorized scooter access.

    Spectator Tips

    Concession Stands: Open to the public during play. Food and beverage are available for purchase.

    Radios, pagers, portable televisions, coolers, backpacks, picnic baskets and similar items are not permitted on the grounds any day of the tournament. Folding chairs and golf stools are permitted.

    All backpacks and packages larger than 6"X6" will not be permitted. ALL other bags will be subject to search. Cameras are NOT permitted Saturday and Sunday.

    Autograph items cannot be brought in, only items that are purchased on the grounds. No clipboards will be permitted.

    Spectators and volunteers will not be permitted to leave folding chairs anywhere on the course, including greenside, overnight.

    THE GOLF COURSE WILL BE SEARCHED BY SECURITY BEFORE AND AFTER PLAY EACH DAY. ALL ITEMS FOUND ON THE COURSE WILL BE CONFISCATED.

    No alcoholic beverages are permitted in or out of the gates.

  • The Willie Park Trophy

    The Prize for the Winning Team

    The prize for the PNC Father Son Challenge is the Willie Park Trophy, named in honor of the first winner of the British Open, the world's oldest golf championship.

    The Willie Park Trophy is based upon the original championship prize of the Open in 1860, a red leather belt with sterling silver embellishments similar to the belts awarded in modern times to boxing champions. Park won the British Open four times (1860, 1863, 1866, and 1875) and his son, Willie Jr., won twice (1887 and 1889). The belt was the senior Park's prize for his first three championships but for none of his son's victories. Starting in 1972, the belt was replaced by the silver claret jug, which British Open champions have received ever since.

    Garrard, The Crown Jewelers in England since 1843, created the Willie Park Trophy especially for the PNC Father Son Challenge.

  • Rules of Play

    On each hole, each player drives and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lies, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.

    Example: If both players teed off and Player 1's ball landed in the rough, while Player 2's ball landed in the fairway, Player 1 would pick up his ball and both players would play their second shots from Player 2's position in the fairway. Every shot is played in this manner unitl the hole is completed.

  • Charitable Beneficiary

    The PNC Father Son Challenge is very proud to support Arnold Palmer Medical Center and Healthy Families Orange at the Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families.

    Building a stronger community...one family at a time

    About Healthy Families Orange

    Based on the nation's foremost model for child abuse prevention, Healthy Families America, our local program is known as Healthy Families Orange. This phenomenally successful program prevents child abuse and neglect, increases the rate of childhood immunizations, reduces family stress levels and reduces the incidence of repeat teen pregnancy in target communities in Orange County.

    Healthy Families Orange staff work with parents from the day their baby is born until the child is five years old, facilitating parent-infant bonding, positive parent-child interaction and child health and development. Each participating family is paired with a professionally-trained "FSW" or family support worker. The home visits focus on building trust with parents, supporting parents emotionally, improving communications skills and teaching skills for coping with stress.

    Highlights of the Healthy Families Orange Program:

    • Provides support services to families of newborns in targeted areas of Orange County - right in their own homes
    • Promotes positive parenting through resources, referrals, information and parent education
    • Enhances parent-child interaction and demonstrates skills to model and tools to use
    • Improves the child's growth and advancement by informing parents about nutrition and child development and by promoting immunizations
    • Stresses the importance of ongoing routine health supervision and conducts periodic developmental screenings
    • Ensures that families receive the health, education and support services they need
    • Provides support and information to fathers and helps them realize how important it is to play an active role in their child's life

     

    Healthy Families Orange, which is closely monitored and well-researched, has demonstrated a near 100% success rate in preventing abuse and neglect in Central Florida.

    For more information on Healthy Families Orange, please contact us at:
    1401 Sligh Blvd. ~ Orlando, FL 32806
    407.649.9595

Player Field

2013 tournament competitors

Champions

Legendary past champions

Host Course

Endorsed by the USGA and a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Grande Lakes Orlando

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club®, Orlando, Grande Lakes provides golfers with an experience not typically found in Florida. In designing The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes, two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman and his team put special emphasis on preserving the area's well-balanced ecosystem, thriving with ponds, wetlands, live oaks, and cypress heads. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful course enhanced by rare natural elements. Wide fairways, strategically placed hazards, generous landing areas, and subtly contoured greens provide a challenging but fair test of a golfer's abilities.

Grande Lakes Orlando has been recognized for its commitment to the environment and is pleased to announce that The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Endorsed by the United States Golf Association, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides information and excellence to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect national resources.