A new college golf event will debut next month, and it’s caught our attention.
Four top-ranked college golfers and a handful of celebrities are teaming up to raise $1 million for military foundations with the creation of the PXG College Golf Showcase at Scottsdale National in Scottsdale, Arizona.
On Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will broadcast the exhibition shootout, featuring Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State), Garett Reband (Oklahoma), Mac Meissner (Southern Methodist) and Trevor Werbylo (Arizona). The celebrities involved are none other than three-time Grammy Award-winner Darius Rucker, Marine Corps veteran and actor Rob Riggle and Pro Football Hall of Famers Brian Urlacher and Jerome Bettis.
The 18-hole event will highlight the new PGA Tour University program, which provides access to the Korn Ferry Tour and various international professional tours for the nation’s best four-year college players. Players will also be raising awareness and funds for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund and Team Rubicon.
There will be two four-man teams – Team Semper Fi and Team Rubicon – each with two college players and two celebrities. The format is a scramble skins shootout with $1 million on the line, awarded by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. Each college player will have his head coach as his caddie.
“For our team, creating the PXG College Golf Showcase at Scottsdale National was in response to the fact that the college golf fall schedules were directly impacted, and many canceled due to COVID-19,” said Drew Carr of Fidelity Sports Group, who is partnered with PXG, Scottsdale National, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour for the event.
“We set out to develop a platform that would help the PGA Tour tell the story of its University program and provide a unique opportunity for golf fans to meet the future faces of the Tour as they engage with iconic figures from sports and entertainment. We believe elite college golfers should be household names, just like the elite college quarterback.”
The top five finishers from the final Official PGA Tour University Ranking List will receive Korn Ferry Tour membership and will be exempt into all open, full-field events beginning the week following the conclusion of next May’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship through the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour regular season. Nos. 6-15 will earn memberships on one of the various international tours.
No spectators will be allowed on site, and those at Scottsdale National for the event will be tested for COVID-19 and are required to receive a negative test result prior to their involvement.