Napa, CA- The PGA TOUR will return to the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California when the Frys.com Open plays there as the first event of the PGA TOUR schedule in early October 2014. The tournament has options for similar dates in 2015 and 2016.
World Golf Hall of Fame Member Johnny Miller, one of the Silverado owners, invited the Fry’s Electronics sponsored tournament to play at Silverado. Tournament Chairperson Kathy Kolder accepted on behalf of Fry’s. Silverado Resort and Spa hosted fourteen PGA TOUR tournaments from 1968 through 1980, the Kaiser International and Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic.
After capturing the U.S. Open in 1973, Miller went on a hot streak, winning eight tournaments in 1974, including the Kaiser International at Silverado in 1974. He successfully defended his title by winning again in 1975. Several of Miller’s fellow World Golf Hall of Fame Members including Jack Nicklaus (1969), Tom Watson (1978), and Ben Crenshaw (1980) also claimed victories at Silverado.
“It will be great to host the season opening PGA TOUR tournament on our recently renovated North Course,” said Miller. “The Frys.com Open has a wonderful reputation with players, sponsors and fans for its charitable giving. It has earned increased stature as the first event on the reconfigured schedule, inclusion in the FedExCup and an invitation to The Masters for its Champion.”
The tournament will be televised worldwide all four days on the Golf Channel.
Kolder, in accepting the invitation from Silverado Resort and Spa said “It’s an opportunity to enhance the reputation of our tournament, generate new sponsors, expand the volunteer base and make significant contributions to deserving charities.” Tournament proceeds have generated $1,000,000 to worthy charities each of the last two years and $5,000,000 in its brief history.
CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California will host the Frys.com Open for the fourth time the week of October 7-13, 2013. Jonas Blixt is Defending Champion.
The tournament, which began in 2006, previously played twice in Las Vegas, Nevada at the TPC Summerlin and in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Grayhawk Resort in 2007 through 2009. The tournament’s ultimate goal is to be played at The Institute Golf Course in Morgan Hill, California, when facilities including the conference
center on site for the host charity, the American Institute of Mathematics, are completed.
Tournament Director Jeff Sanchez said, “I am delighted with the announcement, and remain focused on this year’s Frys.com Open at CordeValle. We look forward to a great event, and know that the tournament has a bright future.”
About Frys.com Open
The Frys.com Open leads the new, reconfigured 2013-2014 PGA TOUR schedule as the tournament returns to CordeValle Golf Club October 7-13, 2013. Launched in 2006, the Frys.com Open is an official PGA TOUR tournament benefiting many local and national charities that are working to improve the lives of others. Title sponsor Fry’s Electronics is a privately owned retailer with 34 nationwide locations headquartered in San Jose, California. Information is available on FrysOpenGolf.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
About Silverado Resort and Spa
A California landmark for more than 140 years, Silverado Resort and Spa began its life as a private estate and was converted into a contemporary resort featuring 390 guest rooms, a 15,000-square foot conference space, two PGA championship golf courses and two signature restaurants. Now owned by World Golf Hall of Fame member and lead NBC analyst Johnny Miller, the resort recently underwent renovations to its North Course and will see rooms and event space renovations in 2013. Surrounded by Napa Valley’s more than 540 wineries, the resort also features a 16,000 square foot spa, 10 secluded swimming pools, 13 tennis courts and other recreational offerings. For more information on the resort or to make reservations, please visit SilveradoResort.com or call (1) 707-257-0200 or (1) 800-532-0500.