NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Prior to the COVID-19, the PGA Tour was planning on another season featuring the best golfers on the planet competing for coveted FedEx points at each of its 43 annual events. Included on the tour’s schedule was The Barbasol Championship, which was canceled in April due to the coronavirus. The tournament would have been played this week at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville.
Tournament officials are already focusing their attention towards preparations for the 2021 Barbasol. “We’re confident next year’s Barbasol will be the best installment of the tournament to date,” said Tournament Director Bryan Pettigrew.
While professional golf is on hold in the Bluegrass for the moment, the charitable arm of the Barbasol Championship, Caddie127, has remained active supporting the five local charities it has been partnered with for the past two years. The charities include All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK HealthCare), the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center (Lexington Leadership Foundation).
To that end, the Barbasol Championship will host a Charity Golf Tournament at Champions on Oct. 15-16 in support of these outstanding organizations. The evening of the 15th will feature a reception, taste of the PGA Tour dinner, entertainment and silent auction. Signature cocktails from PGA Tour events from around the country will also be served. The tournament itself will be held on the 16th with participants enjoying access to Champions’ driving range, a bloody Mary station, shotgun start/scramble format at noon, and an awards ceremony to conclude the event.
“During this time of global uncertainty, it’s imperative for us to continue supporting our amazing local philanthropic community and the children and families they serve,” Pettigrew said. “The critical services and programs they provide, to those most in need, are counted on now more than ever.”
TaylorMade contributed $4,900 to each of the five charities and the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation donated 100,000 meals to God’s Pantry in the name of 2019 tournament champion, Jim Herman.
“We’re committed to promoting, strengthening, and advocating for these fine organizations by all means available to us,” Pettigrew said. “Along with the rest of the world, we look forward to life getting back to a state of pre-coronavirus normalcy as soon as possible.”
To register a team or learn more tournament details, please contact Lauren Vernon at (859) 539-3634 or [email protected].