MGM Resorts International Named Title Sponsor of Korn Ferry Tour event at Paiute
MGM Resorts Championship to be played at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort April 12-18, 2021
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MGM Resorts International Named Title Sponsor
of Korn Ferry Tour event at Paiute
MGM Resorts Championship to be played at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort April 12-18, 2021
LAS VEGAS (March 2, 2021) – MGM Resorts International (www.mgmresorts.com) has agreed to serve as the title sponsor of the Korn Ferry Tour’s first event at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort (www.lvpaiutegolf.com) at the tournament’s Media Day on Tuesday. The newly named “MGM Resorts Championship at Paiute” (www.mgmresortschampionship.com) will be played April 15-18 and feature a full field of 156 players who will compete for a $600,000 purse.
“The Korn Ferry Tour has quickly become one of the sport’s leading Tours, providing some of the world’s best golfers the opportunity to qualify for the PGA Tour,” said Lance Evans, MGM Resorts International’s Senior Vice President of Sports & Sponsorships. “The April tournament will showcase why Las Vegas is the leading sports and hospitality destination for championship events.”
Among the announcements at Tuesday’s Media Day were an enhanced Pro-Am experience as part of the tournament week and a limited number of fans for tournament play Thursday through Sunday. The Official Pro-Am will be played on Paiute’s Sun Mountain course on Wednesday, April 14 and an off-site Pro-Am will be held at Southern Highlands Golf Club on Tuesday, April 13. Participants in each Pro-Am will play alongside Korn Ferry Tour pros and receive premium gifting packages each day.
Brooks Downing, CEO of bdG Sports (www.bdglobalsports.com), a global sports management firm operating events in Las Vegas for the past decade, said, “We are excited to welcome our long-time partners at MGM Resorts to the Korn Ferry Tour family as the title sponsor of this tournament. Adding first-class hospitality and lodging on The Strip at MGM Resorts’ properties and a second pro-am day at the exclusive Southern Highlands Golf Club only enhances the premium experience we are offering as part of the MGM Resorts Championship.”
Fans will be in attendance at the tournament. VIP tickets will be available for purchase which include complimentary food and drinks at the course and on-site parking. The tickets, priced at $100 daily for the four tournament rounds on Thursday-Sunday, are available beginning Friday, March 5 at www.mgmresortschampionship.com. Additional options for sponsorship are available which include Pro-Am teams, VIP tickets and access to 18th green hospitality. All guests will be required to comply with the applicable health and safety regulations as established by local and state authorities for the tournament.
Jeff Reid, General Manager of Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, said, “We are extremely excited and humbled to be a part of bringing another world class event to the city of Las Vegas and look forward to watching the next Tour stars tackle the Sun Mountain course in April."
The MGM Resorts Championship at Paiute is expected to feature a number of Korn Ferry Tour pros with Las Vegas ties. Local members of the Tour, who are competing as a part of a season-long points race to earn one of 25 PGA TOUR cards which has been expanded to include all 2020 and 2021 events in a combined season, include Harry Hall, David Lipsky, Taylor Montgomery and John Oda.
Montgomery, who finished T2 in the LECOM Suncoast Classic two weeks ago, currently sits 14th in the regular-season points standing. His former college teammate at UNLV, John Oda, finished T2 at the Tour’s first event of the 2020, the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay. Lipsky, who resides in Las Vegas after completing his collegiate career at Northwestern, is 10th in the points standings after winning the TPC San Antonio Challenge and finishing T2 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open. Harry Hall, another UNLV alum, earned Korn Ferry Tour status halfway through the 2020 season but capitalized with three Top-10s in the first nine starts of his career. The top 25 at the end of this summer’s regular season earn their PGA TOUR card for the 2021-22 season. An additional 25 cards will be awarded following the Korn Ferry Tour Finals events.
The field will be tested on the Sun Mountain Course, a 7,112-yard, par-72 desert course located just 25 minutes from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Paiute has played host to the World Series of Golf, the World Long Drive Championships and the ESPN Golf Challenge, but never a professional tour event.
Parties interested in sponsorship or participating in the pro-am can contact Tournament Director Josh Franklin at 859.494.3932 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete tournament information can be found at www.mgmresortschampionship.com or on social media at @MGMResortsChamp.
Volunteer positions are still available for the MGM Resorts Championship at Paiute. The $70 registration fee includes the official volunteer uniform (Greg Norman Collection polo shirt and pullover and Nike hat), meals on the days of service, on-site parking pass, one round of golf at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort (post-event; blackout dates may apply) and additional tournament merchandise available for purchase at 25% off retail.
Volunteers are critical to the success of Korn Ferry Tour events, managing functions ranging guest services, pre-course set-up, on-course marshalling, walking scorers, operations, Pro-Am, player registration, locker room, practice facility and much more. In addition to having behind-the-scenes access and the opportunity to be up close and personal with the greatest golfers in the world, volunteers will receive a tournament polo shirt and hat to wear during tournament week, lunch, snacks and drinks at the course and free parking.
Volunteer registration is available at www.mgmresortschampionship.com/volunteers.
About Korn Ferry Tour
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 31st year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. More than three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 550 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM. The Company’s 50/50 venture, BetMGM, LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its "Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet" initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.
About Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
The Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort consists of 54 Holes designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Pete Dye, and offers 360 degree views from each of the 3 courses. Each course has been awarded 4 1/2 Stars by Golf Digest and Best Courses You Can Play in the State by Golfweek in addition to collecting other awards over the years. The resort is also known for hosting high-quality events in a stunning setting. From weddings to golf tournaments to corporate outings, the resort and the large and beautiful clubhouse is a terrific backdrop for special events.
About bdG Sports
bdG Sports is a representation, event management, and public relations firm operating on an international platform within the sports marketing industry. bdG manages multiple college basketball and college hockey events across North America and the Caribbean, highlighted by tournaments in Southwest Florida, Las Vegas and The Bahamas as well as two Korn Ferry Tour events and a series of premium golf pro-am events. For more information, visit www.bdglobalsports.com or follow on @bdGlobalSports on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.