Three weeks ago, they were skiing down the slopes at Peek’n Peak. Two months from now, the next generation of PGA Tour stars will be teeing it up on the resort’s famed Upper course.
In the mean time, staff members for the resort, the Web.com Tour and Chautauqua County will be busy getting ready for an expected 40,000 visitors. That’s how many people are expected to attend the Web.Com LECOM Health Challenge, which runs from July 4 to 10.
“We’ve been working on this for a year and a half, and it’s coming to fruition,” Kevin Sanvidge, administrative director of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, said during a press conference Monday. “We’re so excited to be able to have this golf tournament here. … All eyes are on us.” Those 40,000 visitors are expected to produce $5 to $7 million over a 10-day period – “serious economic development” – Sanvidge said.
Tournament tickets are now on sale (tickets cost $10 for a single day or $25 for a four-day pass for adults and are available at lecomhealthchallenge.com. Children under 18 are free).
“It’s going to be a great challenge for our players,” said Tim Iley, the PGA Tour’s senior director of tournament business affairs said. “There are some players on our Tour that I’ve talked to who played here and absolutely loved it back then.”
Tournament organizers are still in need of about 200 volunteers for the event. Those interested can visit lecomhealthchallenge.com or call 716-661-8900.
ABOUT PEEK’N PEAK
Established in 1964, Peek’n Peak Resort, in Clymer, N.Y., is a regional destination for golf and snow sports 30 minutes east of Erie, Pa. The resort features two highly acclaimed golf courses, 27 ski slopes and trails, 10 miles of cross country terrain, an exquisite day spa, fine dining, aerial adventure course, giant dual ziplines and a vast selection of accommodations and other amenities. Peek’n Peak Resort was purchased by Scott Enterprises in August 2011.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour completed its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 414 PGA TOUR titles, including 20 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Information originally published in the Buffalo News, May 2016