Next wave of PGA TOUR stars to compete at Texas Rangers G.C. through 2024
ARLINGTON, Texas – The PGA TOUR’s Korn Ferry Tour announced today a partnership with Veritex Community Bank to bring a new tournament to the Tour’s annual schedule starting in 2020. The Veritex Bank Championship will be contested at Texas Rangers Golf Club the week of April 13-19, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2024.
The announcement was made via a press conference this afternoon at Globe Life Park in conjunction with the Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington.
“The greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has a long and successful history with PGA TOUR golf, and we are thrilled to bring the excitement of the Korn Ferry Tour to an emerging sports market like Arlington,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “Our hope is to create an event that engages the business community while providing fans a chance to get up close to the TOUR’s next generation of stars.”
Dallas-based Veritex Community Bank specializes in business banking, commercial loans, small business lending, treasury management and mortgages, with over 40 banking centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the greater Houston area, Louisville, Kentucky, and surrounding areas.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with the PGA Tour’s Korn Ferry Tour and our Dallas community to bring this premiere event to DFW. Our market deserves such an event and we are humbled to be a part of it”, said Veritex Bank CEO, Malcolm Holland.
The Texas Rangers Golf Club opened earlier this year following a $24 million overhaul of the Chester W. Ditto Golf Course, with Arlington-based architects John Colligan and Trey Kemp leading the renovation. The only Major League Baseball-branded golf course is owned and operated by the City of Arlington and will introduce a new 33,000-square-foot clubhouse in early 2020.
“Texas Rangers Golf Club and the City of Arlington are thrilled to serve as the host venue of the Veritex Bank Championship,” said City of Arlington Golf Services Manager Greg Durante. “Feedback on the course by many of the professional golfers that reside in the DFW area has been very positive, and we look forward to welcoming the entire Korn Ferry Tour field to Arlington next April.
The tournament will be managed by Dallas-based Anera Sports, LLC, and CEO Rob Addington, who was the executive director of the Texas Golf Association and Foundation from 2001 through 2018. The Anera Sports team has managed over 100 collegiate events and 1,500 amateur championships, including qualifiers for national championships and operations of international events.
With 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season (since 2013), the Korn Ferry Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. Twenty-five TOUR cards are reserved for the leading points earners at the end of the 24-event Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals that follow the Regular Season in August and September.
During the PGA TOUR’s 2018-19 season, five players from the Korn Ferry Tour’s Class of 2018 won titles, including Cameron Champ (Sanderson Farms Championship), Adam Long (The Desert Classic), Martin Trainer (Puerto Rico Open), Max Homa (Wells Fargo Championship) and Dylan Frittelli (John Deere Classic).
Other notable PGA TOUR players who got their start on the Korn Ferry Tour include major champions Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.
For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Anera Sports at 469.458.9988 or the championship website at VeritexBankChampionship.com.
ABOUT THE KORN FERRY TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).
ABOUT VERITEX COMMUNITY BANK
Veritex Community Bank is dedicated to be the best bank in Texas. Veritex takes pride in being a community bank with local decisions. Specializing in business banking, commercial loans, small business lending, treasury management and mortgages. Veritex takes the time to get to know you and your specific needs and provide you the expert banking advice you seek.
What does it mean to be honest-to-goodness banking experts? It means you get exceptional customer service, smart banking choices and the peace of mind that comes with knowing Veritex is invested in you and your community. From over 40 banking centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the greater Houston area, Louisville, KY and surrounding areas as well as a local home mortgage office in Dallas, Veritex is the community bank with a difference because they’re making a difference in the community.
ABOUT ANERA SPORTS, LLC
Founded in 2018 by the past executive director of the Texas Golf Association and TGA Foundation, Rob Addington, Anera has quickly established a presence in the golf community. Anera provides event management services to some of the top amateur championships in the country and operates the business of several amateur golf associations including the Trans-Miss Golf Association and the Amateur Golf Alliance. Anera also provides consulting services to corporations, clubs and tournaments in the strategic planning, management and implementation of sports related initiatives. Anera has created and managed championships at some of the top ranked clubs in the country and is dedicated to providing a first class experience for all parties. Anera is headquartered in Dallas, TX.