Pinnacle Bank Championship
– The PGA TOUR and Pinnacle Bank announced a new Web.com Tour event to be contested at The Club at Indian Creek beginning in 2017. The Pinnacle Bank Championship will be played the week of July 17-23, with a five-year title sponsorship agreement in place through the 2021 season. The event will feature a purse of $600,000.
“We are ecstatic to return to Omaha after a wonderful 18-year run in one of the country’s best sports cities,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee. “Through the efforts of Pinnacle Bank, we have the foundation for what should quickly become one of the best stops on the Web.com Tour schedule.”
The Tour’s prior event in Omaha was contested from 1996 to 2013, producing champions such as PGA TOUR winners Bo Van Pelt, Johnson Wagner, Heath Slocum and Jason Gore.
The event featured some of the Web.com Tour’s best community support. From volunteer efforts to fan attendance, the market has a proven track record for success and maintains a strong platform from which to launch a return to Omaha in 2017, thanks to the efforts of Pinnacle Bank, Chairman Sid Dinsdale and President Marc Hock.
"We're thrilled that Pinnacle Bank can help bring the Web.com Tour back to Omaha. We know it's been missed and we're excited to have it as one of the community's signature events again." said Dinsdale.
Based in Central City, Neb., Pinnacle Bank is a community bank with roots dating to 1938, when brothers George and Tom Dinsdale founded the company with hopes of providing better assistance for local residents struggling through the Great Depression.
Over 80 years later, Pinnacle Bank features more than 140 locations in eight states, with a continued focus on community service and third and fourth generations of Dinsdales still helping to guide the bank’s future and impact on local markets.
"At Pinnacle Bank one of our core values and emphasis is community and Omaha's Web.com Tour stop has an excellent track record of bringing people together and supporting community causes in a fun and compelling way,” said Hock.
Support Nebraska, Inc., a 501(c)(3) foundation developed exclusively in conjunction with the event, will manage and operate the Pinnacle Bank Championship as the tournament host organization. Net proceeds from the event will benefit local charity.
The Club at Indian Creek is a 27-hole course located in nearby Elkhorn, Neb., with two nines opening for play in 1992 and the third nine opening in 1998. The Club features the Black Bird, Gray Hawk and Red Feather nines, with Black Bird and Gray Hawk slated to form the 18-hole venue that will host the Pinnacle Bank Championship.
The club is the annual host of the prestigious Indian Creek Invitational, has served as host of numerous USGA and Web.com Tour qualifiers, and was honored as the Golf Facility of the Year in 2005 by the Nebraska PGA.
“We’ve always felt that Indian Creek offered championship level golf. We’re happy we could help bring the Web.com Tour back to Omaha and we’re looking forward to providing the tournament players and spectators with an unparalleled experience,” said Bill Gottsch, who owns the course along with his brother, Brett.
With 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season coming through the Web.com Tour (since 2013), the Tour is The Path to the PGA TOUR. Twenty-five TOUR cards are reserved for the leading money winners at the end of the 21-event Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals that follow the Regular Season in September.
The Finals paved the path for immediate PGA TOUR success last fall for three Web.com Tour graduates, as Emiliano Grillo (Frys.com Open), Smylie Kaufman (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) and Peter Malnati (Sanderson Farms Championship) won three of the opening four events in the TOUR’s 2015-16 season.
For more information on the Web.com Tour or the Pinnacle Bank Championship, please visit www.PGATOUR.com .
ABOUT PINNACLE BANK
Family-owned since 1938, Nebraska-based Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc., is a $9.2 billion financial holding company operating 140 community banks in seven states including 61 locations in Nebraska. For more information, visit pinnbank.com.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, with a 10-year agreement in place through 2021. This season marks the 27th year of competition on the Web.com Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 435 PGA TOUR titles, including 21 majors and six PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its Tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, has surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Twitter (@WebDotComTour), Facebook (facebook.com/WebDotComTour) and Instagram (Instagram.com/WebDotComTour).
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