Stricker to host new Champions Tour event

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The Champions Tour announced on Monday the addition of a new event to its 2016 schedule.

The American Family Insurance Championship will be played at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisc. from June 22-26. American Family has signed on as the tournament's title sponsor through 2018.

Madison resident and noted Wisconsin Badger fan Steve Stricker will serve as the event's host. The 48-year-old will not be eligible for the Champions Tour until he turns 50 in February 2017.

“Returning professional golf to my home state is a dream come true,” said Stricker, who was joined by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, American Family Insurance chairman and CEO Jack Salzwedel and University of Wisconsin director of athletics Barry Alvarez for the announcement. “When the PGA Tour event ended in Milwaukee, it was a sad day – and I was absolutely committed to find a way to fill that void. I am proud and humbled to be part of the team to do that in 2016.”

Stricker was referring to the U.S. Bank Championship/Greater Milwaukee Open which was last played in 2009.

The American Family event will boast an 81-player field and a total purse of $2 million.

Home to the Badgers men's and women's golf teams, University Ridge has previously hosted the men's and women's Big Ten Championship and the women's NCAA championship.