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Sioux Falls lands PGA Tour Champions event

Minnehaha Country Club

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- PGA Tour Champions and Sanford Health announced on Thursday, June 8, a new event is coming to Sioux Falls for the 2018 season.

The Sanford Health International Presented by Cambria will be the first-ever PGA Tour Champions event in South Dakota. Minnehaha Country Club will host the Sept. 17-23 event featuring a $1.8 million purse.

The PGA Tour Champions features golfers 50 or older.

Legendary golfers Jack Nicklaus and Andy North, along with Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft and PGA Tour Champions President Greg McLauglin spoke in Sioux Falls on Thursday. Nicklaus is the the ambassador for the tournament while North will serve as host.

“It is special to have great people — philanthropic people — who care about the game of golf and the people involved in the game,” Nicklaus said. “First, you are bringing the tournament to Sioux Falls, a new venue for the Champions Tour and a city that loves its sports. Now, you combine the efforts of Denny Sanford and Sanford Health — a team that cares so much about people and their collective health — into a golf tournament that raises money for the community and good causes, isn’t that just impactful and at the same time fun? Isn’t that exactly what the PGA Tour is all about?”

The three-day event will be televised on The Golf Channel.

A five-year agreement for the tournament is in place through 2022.

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