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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GRANDE LAKES ORLANDO RESORT WELCOMES BACK PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE
Orlando’s Luxury Leader Hosts Annual Star-Studded Golf Tournament
Orlando, FL – November 25, 2014 – A golf tradition returns for the third year in a row to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes as the PNC Father/Son Challenge tees off December 11-14, 2014. Grande Lakes Orlando, comprised of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels, will welcome Jack Nicklaus and an expanded 20-player field of golf legends for the family-oriented, 36-hole tournament.
Held for 15 years from 1995-2008, the PNC Father/Son Challenge made a triumphant return in 2012 with title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. This year’s field full of World Golf Hall of Fame members, headlined by Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller, boasts 430 worldwide wins and 59 major championships. Defending champions Stewart Cink and his son, Connor, look to retain their title on Grande Lakes’ pristine, Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole golf course. Cink and Nicklaus, who will play this year with son Jack, will be joined by past winners Larry Nelson, Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, Davis Love III, and Raymond Floyd.
“We are thrilled to welcome the PNC Father/Son Challenge to our resort again,” said Jim Burns, Vice President and Managing Director, Grande Lakes Orlando. “It is a natural fit for our property’s family-friendly activities that offer great bonding opportunities, not just on the golf course but with our fly-fishing, eco-tours and more.”
Tournament-goers can take advantage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge Weekend Package available at both The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Orlando. Package includes:
- Lakefront room accommodations
- $25 resort credit per stay
- Commemorative golf tag
- Two tickets for the tournament (Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14)
The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando: rates start at $299/night; available December 11-14
JW Marriott, Orlando: rates start at $199/night; available December 11-14
Minimum two-night stay, based on availability. Package excludes tax. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms and cannot be combined with any other promotions. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Advance reservations required.
The 20 teams will compete in a 36-hole scramble format over two 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 Players Championship 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 2014 PNC Father/Son Challenge Field:
Stewart Cink/Connor Cink (son), Steve Elkington/Sam Elkington (son), Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo (son), Raymond Floyd/Robert Floyd Jr. (son), Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin (son), Lee Janzen/Connor Janzen (son), Bernhard Langer/Christina Langer (daughter), Tom Lehman/Thomas Lehman (son), Davis Love III/Davis (Dru) Love IV (son), Sandy Lyle/James Lyle (son), Johnny Miller/Andy Miller (son), Larry Nelson/Josh Nelson (son), Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II (son), Mark O’Meara/Shaun O’Meara (son), Nick Price/Greg Price (son), Dave Stockton/Ron Stockton (son), Curtis Strange/Tom Strange (son), Vijay Singh/Qass Singh (son), Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino (son), Lanny Wadkins/Tucker Wadkins (son)
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About Grande Lakes Orlando
Grande Lakes Orlando is a 500-acre resort with a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott hotel situated at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Orlando’s luxury leader provides an authentic, local experience from its farm-to-fork dining offerings to its Grande Lakes Adventures Experiences, which include kayaking, eco-tours on Shingle Creek, and a fishing school. Grande Lakes presents the culinary mastery of award-winning Chefs Norman Van Aken and Melissa Kelly’s PRIMO, and the resort recently opened both on-site apiaries and an 18,000-square-foot Whisper Creek Farm, serving as a fruit & vegetable garden and outdoor event space. In September 2014 the resort opened a new casual dining restaurant, Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando.
Guests at both hotels can enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman and offering golf instruction, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa with total-wellness treatments and a rooftop eco-space. The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott are connected by a robust conference center, with more than 150,000 square feet of meeting space, 6 ballrooms, 46 breakout rooms, and over 107,000 square feet of outdoor space. The estate is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and minutes from the major theme parks. Membership offerings are also available through The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Members Club. For more information about Grande Lakes Orlando, visit www.grandelakes.com. Follow Grande Lakes Orlando on Twitter at @JW_Orlando and @RC_Orlando.
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