Orlando, FL – December 4, 2015 – A golf tradition returns for the fourth consecutive year to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes as the 18th annual PNC Father/Son Challenge tees off December 10-13, 2015. Grande Lakes Orlando, comprised of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels, will welcome headliner Jack Nicklaus and a 20-player field for the family-oriented, 36-hole tournament.
Defending champions Bernhard Langer and his son, Jason, return this year to preserve their title on Grande Lakes’ pristine, Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole golf course. Past winners Stewart Cink, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson and Davis Love III will also join Langer and Nicklaus in the 2015 competition.
“We are excited to welcome some of golf’s greatest back to the resort this year for the PNC Father/Son Challenge,” said Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director, Grande Lakes Orlando. “This event perfectly complements our other family activities including eco-tours, wildlife programs and more.”
The 20 teams will compete in a 36-hole scramble format over four days for the $1-million prize purse. The winning team will take the Willie Park Trophy, named after Willie Park and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win an unprecedented five British Opens. To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or The Players in their career. Tournament proceeds will benefit the Arnold Palmer Medical Center and will be directed to the Healthy Families Orange Program offered by the Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families.
The 2015 PNC Father/Son Challenge Field:
Stewart Cink/Connor Cink (son), Steve Elkington/Sam Elkington (son), Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo (son), Raymond Floyd/Raymond Floyd Jr. (son), Fred Funk/Taylor Funk (son), Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin (son), Lee Janzen/Connor Janzen (son), Bernhard Langer/Jason Langer (son), Tom Lehman/Thomas Lehman (son), Davis Love III/Davis (Dru) Love IV (son), Larry Nelson/Drew Nelson (son), Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus (son), Mark O’Meara/Shaun O’Meara (son), Nick Price/Greg Price (son), DaveStockton/Dave Stockton Jr. (son), Curtis Strange/Tom Strange (son), Vijay Singh/Qass Singh (son), Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino (son), Lanny Wadkins/Tucker Wadkins (son), Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Zoeller (daughter)
For the tournament weekend, rates start at $319/night at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando and start at $199/night at JW Marriott, Orlando.
For more details on tournament history and past champions, visit www.pncfathersonchallenge.com and follow the event on Twitter @PNCFatherSon.
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About Grande Lakes Orlando
The 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando estate features a 582-room Ritz-Carlton and 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course and the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa as well as three pools including the winding lazy river at JW Marriott. Dining options feature the culinary mastery of award-winning chefs Norman Van Aken with Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton and Melissa Kelly with PRIMO at JW Marriott, a leader in the city’s farm-to-fork movement. The resort’s renowned culinary program is further showcased at The Kitchen at JW Marriott Orlando and Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, as well as The Brewery, an on-property nano-brewery and Chef’s Table. Furthering this farm-to-fork commitment are the on-site apiaries and 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm.
On-property activities include Grande Lakes Adventures Experiences offering kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, and a fishing school. Conference and meeting attendees have their pick of a selection of meeting space options located across 150,000 square feet that connects the two properties plus more than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space.
Grande Lakes is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit grandelakes.com. Follow Grande Lakes Orlando on Twitter at @RC_Orlando and @JW_Orlando.
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