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Friday, March 13, 2015

PGA Tour Swings Into Gulf Coast

It's that time of year when the Gulf Coast gets it's largest professional golf events. The PGA Tour, who also owns and operates the Web.com Tour and Champions Tour, will have three events in the area the last weeks of March and April.

Each of these events are great for the communities. The PGA Tour places a strong emphasis on fundraising. Hundreds of millions of dollars are raised each year through PGA Tour events and the billion dollar mark was reached in 2005. Local charities and the communities that play host to these events are huge benefactors of all three of these events. Outside of the benefit of charity the TV coverage helps showcase tourism for that area, sometimes going as far as even showing a landmark or doing a report from a tourist attraction in the area. That also leaves each area a chance to promote tourism to the golfing world.
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 The Chitimacha Louisiana Open, played March 26th - 29th, is a Web.com Tour event that takes place in Broussard, a city part of Lafayette, LA. Le Triomphe is the host golf course and has been since the tournaments first year in 1992. Since the tournament has raised over $4.45 million that has been donated to various local charities.

To learn more information for this event, visit - www.laopen.com
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The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is a Champions Tour event that will be played March 27th - 29th. Fallen Oak, the golf course owned by the Beau Rivage Casino, is the host golf course and arguably the finest golf course in all of Mississippi. This event has had an estimated economic impact to the area of $70 million since 2010 with $15.3 million in 2014 alone.

To learn more information for this event, visit - www.2015mgrc.com
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The larger of the three events is the Zurich Classic of New Orleans a PGA Tour event. Since 2005 the host golf course, located just 15 min. outside New Orleans, has been the TPC of Louisiana.  Zurich has been the title sponsor since 2005 and since the event has had an estimated economic impact of $40 million. An additional $22 million has been generated through television exposure. $26 million has been raised for local charities that provide education, healthcare and hope to more than 200,000 in the region. 

To learn more information for this event, visit - www.zurichgolfclassic.com
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Stay tuned during the weeks of each event, as we will be sharing news, information and pictures from those events. For our player news we try to locate and follow players that may be from the Gulf Coast area first. We will also have news of the top players, leaders, scores, course conditions, and weather. We look forward to bringing you further news from these events. 


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