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LECOM Health Challenge Named Best New Korn Ferry Tour
Event at Annual PGA Tournament Awards
WNY-based tournament wins highly sought-after ‘Rookie of the Year’ award
CLYMER, N.Y. (Dec. 8, 2016) – The LECOM Health Challenge – a Korn Ferry Tour event held at Peek’n Peak Resort – was awarded ‘Rookie of the Year’ by the PGA TOUR affiliate Korn Ferry Tour. Squaring off against six other new Korn Ferry Tour events, the WNY-based tournament was recognized as the best new event for the 2016 season.
“We are extremely proud to receive the Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year award for the 2016 season,” said tournament spokesperson and CEO of the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) Kevin Sanvidge. “It’s an incredible honor to win this award, and we couldn’t me more thankful for all the people and players who helped make the tournament happen. We’re so excited to be recognized on this level, and we can’t wait to see what great things our 2017 tournament brings.”
Marking the return of the PGA TOUR to Western New York, the 2016 LECOM Health Challenge was held at Peek’n Peak Resort July 4 – 10. With over 20,000 spectators in attendance, 400 volunteers and over 90 sponsors, the event welcomed a successful inaugural year. The tournament featured a jam-packed schedule of activities including a Junior Clinic and a Pro-Am followed by four official rounds of competition where – in a thrilling four-man playoff – Monday qualifier Rick Lamb emerged as the 2016 LECOM Health Challenge champion.
With seven new Korn Ferry Tour tournaments in 2016, the Rookie of the Year award marks the most impressive first-year event. Criteria for the award include best utilization of Korn Ferry Tour resources, innovation in revenue generation, operational excellence, community engagement and execution of a superior experience for both fans and sponsors. The LECOM Health Challenge is the first ever Korn Ferry Tour Rookie of the Year as the Tour recently introduced the award category for the 2016 season.
Representatives from various Korn Ferry Tour events gathered at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, December 7 for the PGA Tournament Awards. Aside from Rookie of the Year, other awards included Volunteer of the Year, Best Social Media Campaign and Best Pro-Am Experience. A total of 25 Korn Ferry Tour tournaments competed for these end-of-the-season recognitions.
Following the award, the LECOM Health Challenge looks to put on another impressive performance next year. The tournament will return to Peek’n Peak’s “Upper Course” on July 3 – 9, 2017.
ABOUT THE LECOM HEALTH CHALLENGE
The LECOM Health Challenge is a Korn Ferry Tour event hosted at Peek’n Peak’s “Upper Course” on July 3 – 9, 2017. A week-long schedule of events will include a Pro-Am on July 5, followed by four official rounds of tournament competition from July 6 – 9, with a tournament purse of $600,000. LECOM Health (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) serves as the tournament’s title sponsor, and the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) acts as the host organization. For more information, visit www.LECOMHealthChallenge.com.