In recognition of the 20 years of Childrens Miracle Network support from Wal-Mart and Sams Club, the full name of the 2007 tournament will be the Childrens Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart. This years event ' part of the PGA TOURs Fall Series ' is scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 4. It will be held on the Magnolia and Palm courses at Walt Disney World Resort, which will remain the host and operator of the tournament as it has since the PGA TOUR first held an event here in 1971. GOLF CHANNEL will televise all four rounds of competition.
This is an exciting relationship that partners one of the most respected and effective youth-focused charities in Childrens Miracle Network with an international family destination and the PGA TOUR, which has a long history of supporting childrens charities through its tournaments and members, said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. In fact, quite a number of our players already support childrens hospitals that are associated with Childrens Miracle Network. This is a truly unique sponsorship arrangement that will benefit all parties.
Childrens Miracle Network will utilize underwriting support provided by its corporate partners to offset tournament costs. The childrens charity looks forward to bringing its international fundraising expertise to the tournament. Over the course of the agreement Children's Miracle Network hopes to make the Classic one of the most successful fund raising stops on the TOUR.
Entering into this unique partnership is one of several new and innovative steps weve taken in the past 18 months to increase both awareness and funding for our 170 childrens hospitals, said Childrens Miracle Network President and CEO Jim Hall. Were extremely grateful to our dedicated and loyal partners, like Wal-Mart, who make opportunities like this possible. This event will help us reach audiences weve never before reached and will thrust us onto a very big, national stage. Thats a challenge we take very seriously and look forward to accomplishing for the kids.
Over the past 36 years, the Disney stop has been a popular tournament for TOUR players, particularly those with families. Jack Nicklaus won the first three Disney titles, before the format changed to a two-man team competition in 1974. It then returned to stroke play in 1982 when Hal Sutton became champion, marking his first PGA TOUR victory. Six players subsequently captured their first individual TOUR titles at Disney, including 2005 champion Lucas Glover. Several players also have multiple victories, the most recent being Tiger Woods (1996, 1999). Joe Durant is the defending champion.