Chubb Classic Celebrates 30 Years in SW Florida

Tickets on Sale Now – Chubb Reduces Prices as Thank You to Community

NAPLES, Fla.  – The Chubb Classic, a signature event in SW Florida, will celebrate its 30th year in Naples, February 13-19, 2017 at The TwinEagles Club.  The tournament is the longest standing event in one metropolitan area on the PGA TOUR Champions.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Chubb Classic, tournament officials announce today.  To recognize the support of fans and the SW Florida community, Chubb and the tournament are reducing general admission ticket prices by up to 40% for the 2017 event.

“The fact that this event has been in one place for 30 years and counting speaks volumes about the community we live in,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “SW Florida has really embraced this event since day one and because of that, we continue to have the honor to host the legends of the game right here in our back-yard.”

Daily admission tickets for the 2017 tournament cost $15 per ticket and weekly general admission tickets cost $30 per ticket.  Kids, 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

A limited number of upgraded tickets are available in the Talon Club for $125 per day.  The upgraded ticket provides admission to a premium viewing deck overlooking the 18th green and includes food and beverage, as well as an on-site parking pass.

“I’ve worked in several markets through my career in the golf industry and this community truly is special,” said Matt Hilliker, Tournament Director.  “The support this event has received throughout its 30 year history is remarkable.  Reducing ticket prices is our way of saying thank you to our fans for their continued support of the Chubb Classic.”

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900.

Bernhard Langer Crowned 2016 Chubb Classic Champion

Final-Round Notes – Saturday, February 14, 2016

Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-70s. Winds from the NW at 8-15 mph.

Final Leaderboard

Position Name Score
1 Bernhard Langer 62-66-73-201/-15
2 Fred Couples 68-70-66-204/-12
T3 Scott Dunlap 69-66-70-205/-11
Kenny Perry 68-67-70-205/-11
Jesper Parnevik 69-69-67-205/-11
T6 Scott Hoch 68-72-66-206/-10
Brandt Jobe 70-69-67-206/-10
Todd Hamilton 70-68-68-206/-10

Despite posting a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday, Bernhard Langer still managed to prevail by three strokes over Fred Couples and claim the inaugural Chubb Classic at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, the 26th victory in his PGA TOUR Champions career. Langer had started the day with a seven-stroke advantage, but did not make his first birdie until No. 11 as others began to close the gap, including Couples. During a seven-hole stretch, Couples ran off four birdies and an eagle to get within two strokes with a birdie at No. 17 and a Langer bogey at No. 15. However, Couples saw his chances derailed when he made a bogey at No. 18 which increased Langer’s lead to three strokes. Despite a third bogey at No. 18, Langer held on to claim his third Chubb Classic crown.

With His Victory…..

  • Wins his 26th victory on the PGA TOUR Champions and moves into third place on

the all-time victory list behind Hale Irwin (45 wins) and Lee Trevino (29).

  • Goes wire-to-wire for the sixth time in his career as well as the fourth year in succession with a wire-to-wire victory
  • Wins this event for the third time (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • Wins at least one event for the 10th consecutive year, one shy of Hale Irwin’s record.
  • Wins his sixth PGA TOUR Champions event in Florida
  • Moves to the top of the 2016 money list as well as the Charles Schwab Cup race.

Bernhard Langer wins a second event on the PGA TOUR Champions for the third time. Langer also won the 2007 Administaff Small Business Classic, 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic, and 2014 Insperity Invitational.

With the win, Bernhard Langer became the 16th consecutive winner to come out of the final

grouping at this tournament. The last time it didn’t happen was in 2000 when Lanny Wadkins needed a final-round 64 to rally from three strokes back and eventually triumphed in a playoff.

In seven appearances in this tournament, Langer owns three wins, a pair of second-place finishes, a T3 and a T4. He has amassed $1,152,267, an average of $164,610 per start.

By going wire-to-wire Bernhard Langer became just the fourth winner in the 29-year history of the tournament to earn that distinction. Langer also went wire-to-wire in 2013. The other two winners were Lee Trevino (1990) and Allen Doyle (1999).

After an absence of six years, Fred Couples enjoyed another successful tournament in Naples. A winner in 2010, Couples made a late run at Bernhard Langer, finishing three strokes back and in sole possession of second place.

Bernhard Langer’s 1-over-par 73 ended a streak of 19 consecutive sub-par rounds dating back to last year.

Jesper Parnevik had his best finish on the PGA TOUR Champions with his T3 finish. It included a 5-under-par 67 in the final round.

Brandt Jobe, the medalist at last fall’s National Qualifying Tournament in Scottsdale, finished T6 in just his third start on the PGA TOUR Champions.

Defending champion Lee Janzen finished T17.

Aquafina® and the Chubb Classic Partner to Bring Families Discounted Admission

Aquafina® Day to take place Saturday, February 13

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NAPLES, Fla. – Aquafina® and the Chubb Classic have joined together to make the PGA TOUR Champions event more affordable for the entire family. As of today, two new initiatives will be available to fans at the tournament taking place at the TwinEagles Club, February 9 – 14.

Offer details:

Aquafina® Family Four Pack – Chubb Classic ticket buyers will now have the opportunity to purchase the Aquafina® Family Four Pack, which includes four daily admission tickets, four PepsiCo products and four hot dogs or hamburgers. The Aquafina® Family Four Pack is $89 (a $145 value) and available for purchase online at www.chubbclassic.com or over the phone at (239) 593-3900.

Aquafina® Day – On Saturday, February 13, fans of the Chubb Classic can celebrate Aquafina® Day by bringing an empty PepsiCo product container to the tournament to recycle and receive $5 off a daily admission ticket purchased at the main entrance.

Aquafina® Day on Saturday, February 13 along with Waste Management Go Green Day on Friday, February 12 are initiatives the tournament and its partners are making in order to keep the Chubb Classic a green event.

Kids 17 and younger will receive free admission to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Chubb Classic also provides free general admission to all active and retired military personnel, with valid Military ID, and their families.

For more details or to purchase ticket packages and parking passes, please visit www.chubbclassic.com or call (239) 593-3900.

 

Chubb Classic Announces Final Field List

Includes 8 Hall of Fame Members & 30/30 of the Top Players from the 2015 PGA TOUR Champions Money List

NAPLES, Fla. – Chubb Classic and PGA TOUR Champions officials announced the final field for the 2016 Chubb Classic, taking place February 9 – 14, at the TwinEagles Club in Naples.

2016 Chubb Classic: Final Field

*Hall of Fame Member   <Former Champion    $ Top 30 Money List

Michael Allen $
Stephen Ames $
Billy Andrade $
Tommy Armour III
Woody Austin $
Jay Don Blake
Mark Brooks
Olin Browne $
Bart Bryant $
Brad Bryant
Tom Byrum
Mark Calcavecchia
Jose Coceres
Russ Cochran $
John Cook
Fred Couples*< $
Marco Dawson $
Scott Dunlap $
Joe Durant $
Brad Faxon
Carlos Franco

David Frost $
Fred Funk
Doug Garwood
Bob Gilder
Mike Goodes
Paul Goydos $
Mike Grob
Jay Haas
Gary Hallberg
Todd Hamilton
John Harris
Scott Hoch<
John Huston
Peter Jacobsen
Lee Janzen< $
Brandt Jobe
Tom Kite*
Gary Koch
Bernhard Langer* < $
Tom Lehman $
Wayne Levi

Steve Lowery
Sandy Lyle*
Jeff Maggert $
Scott McCarron
Rocco Mediate
Larry Mize
Colin Montgomerie* $
Larry Nelson*
Mark O’Meara* $
Jesper Parnevik
Craig Parry
Corey Pavin
Tom Pernice Jr. $
Kenny Perry< $
Tom Purtzer
Dana Quigley
Loren Roberts<
Gene Sauers $
Wes Short, Jr. $
Joey Sindelar
Jeff Sluman $

Jerry Smith $
Mike Springer
Curtis Strange*
Kevin Sutherland $
Jim Thorpe
Esteban Toledo $
Kirk Triplett< $
Bob Tway
Scott Verplank
Duffy Waldorf $
D.A. Weibring
Willie Wood
Ian Woosnam $
Fuzzy Zoeller

 

Spectators can now purchase tickets and parking passes online at www.chubbclassic.com. Multiple ticket options are available, including The Talon Club, an 18 green hospitality suite, Champions Club Box seats and the Ultimate Golf Experience Book, which features discounted rates to 25 courses in the SW Florida area and comes with two weekly general admission tickets.

Kids 17 and younger will receive free admission to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Chubb Classic also provides free general admission to all active and retired military personnel, with valid Military ID, and their families.

Chubb Classic Spectator Could Win 2 Tickets To The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open!

First 1,200 Spectators receive WM Go Green Item upon entry on February 12!

NAPLES, Fla. – Chubb Classic officials have announced that Friday, February 12 will be designated as Waste Management Go Green Day, and the first 1,200 spectators to enter the grounds wearing green will receive a Go Green item courtesy of Waste Management Inc. of Florida. The tournament takes place at TwinEagles Golf Club February 9 – 14.

Waste Management will hold a drawing on-site on Friday, February 12th at the Chubb Classic for a spectator to win two tickets to the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open and a $500 gift card for travel expenses. Waste Management will have booths at both entry ways as well as the expo tent within the Chubb Classic Expo Village where all spectators 18 years of age and over may enter to win.

Also inside the Waste Management Expo Tent, spectators will learn more about the importance of recycling correctly as well as Waste Management’s latest $35 million investment in replacing their fleet of collection vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered vehicles that save 8-10,000 gallons of diesel fuel per truck, per year. In this interactive display, spectators will have another opportunity to win one of WM’s signature die-cast toy collection trucks on a putting green.

Chubb Classic officials have taken the pledge to Recycle Often. Recycle Right. ® at this event. Working with Waste Management, the tournament will be providing educational signage and recycling containers to encourage spectators to recycle correctly. Prior to the event, Waste Management will also be providing training to the tournament staff and volunteers to increase its recycling efforts. Tournament officials encourage spectators to show their support for protecting the environment by wearing green on Go Green Day.

“Partnerships like the Go Green Day with the Chubb Classic allow us the opportunity to reach a broader audience and together, we can contribute to a cleaner, greener environment by encouraging residents to Recycle Often and Recycle Right,” said Larry Berg, Sr. District Manager of Waste Management Inc. of Florida.

For additional information on the Waste Management Go Green Day or to purchase tickets please visit www.chubbclassic.com.

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Participants Announced for the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

Select veterans return to the challenge along with new hopefuls

NAPLES, Fla. – The Chubb Classic has invited young golfers from nine First Tee Chapters to participate in a three-day golf competition at the TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla. during the Chubb Classic, February 9 – 14, 2016. On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, eighteen First Tee participants (two participants from each chapter) will travel to Naples from across the country to compete in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“I am really excited to have been chosen by The First Tee of Roanoke Valley to attend the Chubb Classic in Naples. Not only is it exciting to play with the PGA TOUR Champions players, but I also get to play with my best friend and teammate Kathryn Bowles” said Grace Huffman. “Naples, Florida is a beautiful place and much warmer than Lexington, Virginia in February!”

Each Chapter will represent one of the First Tee’s Nine Core Values at the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge; the Nine Core Values are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

“After being in The First Tee of Naples/Collier for nine years, learning more about golf skills and the 9 Core Values, I am very excited to share my community with other First Tee participants”, said Kelly Newbrough, a Junior at Barron Collier High School.

For full bio’s on each First Tee participant please go to www.chubbclassic.com and click the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

 

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Kelly Newbrough                                                        Peter George

16 years old                                                                16 years old

Junior, Barron Collier High School                             Junior, Gulf Coast High School

 

The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia

Gabriella Anna Morganti                                             Kyle Spaulding Jr.

18 years old                                                                17 years old

Senior, Academy of Notre Dame                                Senior, Central High School

 

The First Tee of West Michigan

Andrew DeYoung                                                        Dominic Luciani

18 years old                                                                 14 years old

Senior, Kenowa Hills High School                               Freshman, East Grand Rapids High School

 

The First Tee of Chicago

Trevor Britton                                                              Abdel Raoul

16 years old                                                                 15 years old

Junior, Warren Township High School                        Freshman, Mount Carmel High School

 

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Kendall Vermilion                                                       Ethan Loafman

17 years old                                                                 14 years old

Senior, Fayetteville High School                                  Freshman, Rogers High School

 

First Tee of Pittsburgh

Joseph Auth                                                                 Teddy Ritts

18 years old                                                                 15 years old

Senior, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School          Sophomore, Woodland Hills High School

 

The First Tee of the Triangle

Ashley Kim                                                                 Clayson Good

16 years old                                                                 13 years old

Junior, Durham Academy                                            8th Grade, Githens Middle School

 

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

Grace Huffman                                                           Kathryn Bowles

15 years old                                                                 17 years old

Sophomore, Rockbridge County High                         Senior, Rockbridge County High School

 

The First Tee of Atlanta

Najae Butler                                                                 Dario Ayala

16 years old                                                                 17 years old

Junior, Westlake High School                                      Senior, Alpharetta High School

The Chubb Classic will be hosted at TwinEagles Golf Club on February 9-15. This PGA TOUR Champions event has been held since 1988, and will feature 81 of the world’s best players battling for a $1.6 million purse.

For more information on tickets and events please visit www.chubbclassic.com or call the Tournament Office at 239.593.3900.

Fred Couples Joins the 2016 Chubb Classic Field

Chubb Classic field now includes each of the Top 30 PGA TOUR Champions Players

NAPLES, Fla. – Chubb Classic officials announced today that World Golf Hall of Fame member, Fred Couples, has committed to play in the 2016 Chubb Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions event being held February 9 – 14 at the TwinEagles Club. Couples was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013 and is the eighth World Golf Hall of Fame member confirmed in the field.

With the addition of Couples the tournament field will be one of the strongest in event history. The Chubb Classic field now includes 30 of the top 30 players from the 2015 PGA TOUR Champions money list. Couples is returning to the Chubb Classic for the first time since his 2010 victory at the event.

Couples, a former World No. 1 and one of the most popular golfers of his era, has won 57 professional tournaments in his career, most notably the 1992 Masters. In August 2011 he won his first senior major at the Senior Players Championship, and followed this up in July 2012 when he won the Senior British Open Championship.

Kids 17 and younger will receive free admission to the Chubb Classic when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Chubb Classic also provides free general admission to all active and retired military personnel, with valid Military ID, and their families.

For more details or to purchase ticket packages and parking passes, please visit www.chubbclassic.com or call (239) 593-3900.

Chubb Classic Announces Notable Names in 2016 Preliminary Field

Chubb Classic Preliminary Field Brings 7 PGA TOUR Hall of Fame players to Naples

NAPLES, Fla. –Tournament officials announced the early commitments for the 29th Chubb Classic, which will be held at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla. on February 9 – 14.  Early commitments to the Chubb Classic include defending Champion Lee Janzen and World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer (former two-time Champion), Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Larry Nelson, Mark O’Meara and Curtis Strange. The final field list will be announced Friday, February 5th.

Highlights from the Chubb Classic preliminary field include, 61 former PGA TOUR winners with 355 career titles, 16 players have one or more major titles on the PGA TOUR. There are also, 47 players account for 231 wins on the PGA TOUR Champions and 18 of those have won majors on the TOUR.

Currently the Chubb Classic has 19 of the top 20 in final Charles Schwab Cup standings from 2015 committed, including: Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert, Billy Andrade, Joe Durant, Marco Dawson, Kevin Sutherland, Esteban Toledo, Michael Allen, Woody Austin, Kenny Perry, Scott Dunlap, Lee Janzen, Mark O’Meara, Paul Goydos, Jeff Sluman, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf, Tom Lehman.

Kids 17 and younger will receive free admission to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Chubb Classic also provides free general admission to all active and retired military personnel, with valid Military ID, and their families.

For more details on tickets packages and parking passes, or to purchase, please visit www.chubbclassic.com or call (239) 593-3900.

ACE Group Classic to Become Chubb Classic

Naples’ PGA TOUR Champions Event to be Renamed Following ACE’s Acquisition of Chubb

NAPLES, Fla. –Tournament officials announce that The ACE Group Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions event that has been in the Naples community for 29 years, will be rebranded to the Chubb Classic. This change reflects the acquisition of The Chubb Corporation by 17-year title sponsor ACE Limited, and its adoption of the Chubb name.  The Chubb Classic will be held February 9 – 14, 2016 at the TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla.

“We are excited to support our title sponsor by following suit with a new tournament name and overall rebrand of the event,” said Tournament Director Matt Hilliker. “Becoming the Chubb Classic allows us to revamp our look within the Naples community and be the first event to showcase the new Chubb corporate brand. The name of the event is changing, but our commitment to delivering the highest quality event and fan experience will not waver.”

The corporate acquisition will only affect the name of the tournament and the rebrand. No ticket pricing, venue, additional events or other details in regards to the overall event will be changed.

The Chubb Classic returns to Naples February 9 – 14 and will feature 81 of the world’s best players battling for a $1.6 million purse. The tournament annually attracts a strong field from the top of the Money List and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Since 1988 the Chubb Classic has raised more than $3 million for charity. The official host charity of the tournament is The First Tee of Naples/Collier.

Tickets for the Chubb Classic can be purchased in advance at a discounted cost of $25 for a daily ticket and $50 for a weekly ticket. Upgraded tickets to The Talon Club are also available, giving ticketholders access to a shared hospitality suite on the 18th green with appetizers, beer and wine included. The Ultimate Golf Experience Book is also now available. This package provides access and discounted rates to 25 private courses throughout the SW Florida area. A full list of participating courses is available at chubbclassic.com. Parking passes are also available online or over the phone, $5 daily, $20 weekly.

Kids 17-and-younger will receive free admission to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Chubb Classic also provides free general admission to all active and retired military personnel and their families, with valid Military ID.

For more information on the Chubb Classic, to buy tickets or to get involved as a participating vendor, please visit chubbclassic.com or call the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900.

About the New Chubb

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. The company is distinguished by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength, underwriting excellence, superior claims handling expertise and local operations globally.  Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index.  Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 30,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: new.chubb.com.

About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 34 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. It’s where Legends play. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. PGA TOUR Champions primary purpose 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, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2015 determined Bernhard Langer as the Charles Schwab Cup champion. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

About The TwinEagles Club

TwinEagles is conveniently located just 6 miles east of I-75 off Immokalee Road in Naples. Additional information on this premier community and club can be found at: www.twineagles.com.

About the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades – has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining, great golf and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all. For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit www.ParadiseCoast.com. Follow the destination on Twitter @ParadiseCoast and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theparadisecoast

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BITE SW Florida Announces Participating Restaurants

The inaugural food festival will host some of the area’s top local restaurants at the two-day event

NAPLES, Fla. – Today, Chubb Classic officials announced the participation of 12 local restaurants and over 40 different craft beer choices at BITE SW Florida, a two-day food, beer, wine and spirits festival. BITE SW Florida will take place February 12 & February 13 in conjunction with the PGA TOUR Champions tournament held at the TwinEagles Club in Naples. A limited number of tickets are still available for both days of the event.

“BITE SW Florida will feature the best local and national restaurants, beers, wine and spirits all located within the SW Florida region,” said Chubb Classic Tournament Director Matt Hilliker. “Our unlimited sampling ticket allows us to showcase each participating restaurant and ensures that ticketholders can truly take a bite out of SW Florida.”

BITE SW Florida ticketholders can come out and watch the legends of the PGA TOUR Champions play at the Chubb Classic, then head to the TwinEagles Driving range to sample menu items prepared by some of Naples’ best local restaurants. The food items will be paired with samples of wine, craft beer and spirits, all taking place on the TwinEagles Club Driving Range. Below is a complete list of BITE SW Florida participants, to date.

Participating Restaurants & Spirits:

Blue Point Brewing Company

Boston Beer Garden

Casalvento Wine

David Frost Wine

Fire & Rice, Naples

Fish Crazy Restaurant and Fish Market

Goose Island Brewery

Hurricanes Grill & Wings

Inca’s Kitchen

Kona Brewing Company

Livernano Wine

New York Pizza & Pasta

Paradise Wines

Randy’s Fishmarket Restaurant

Seasons 52

Seminole Casino Hotel

Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page

Sweet Tomatoes

The Counter

Wicked Dolphin Rum

 

To become a vendor contact BITE SW Florida Coordinator Kyler O’Shea at Kyler.Oshea@octagon.com or the tournament office at (239) 593-3900 for more information.

 

General admission tickets to BITE SW Florida are $45 per day, which includes access to the event on the selected day and daily grounds access to the Chubb Classic on the selected day as well. For those who plan to attend the tournament or have already bought Chubb Classic tickets, a $20 upgraded ticket for access to BITE SW Florida can be purchased. Only a limited amount of tickets to BITE SW Florida will be available each day. To purchase tickets, please visit www.chubbclassic.com.

For more information about tickets to BITE SW Florida or to get involved as a participating restaurant or vendor, please visit www.chubbclassic.com or call the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900.