Madison,
16
April
2019
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05:00 PM
America/Chicago

Stricker, Kelly, McCarron commit to the 2019 American Family Insurance Championship

Kirk Triplett, the event’s first champion in 2016, will also play

Summary

First player commitments for the 2019 PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship are announced.

Player-host Steve Stricker, local PGA star Jerry Kelly and defending champion Scott McCarron are among the early entrants to the 2019 American Family Insurance Championship, to be played June 21-23 at University Ridge Golf Course.

Kirk Triplett, the inaugural championship winner in 2016, has also signed up to play. The full 78-player field for the championship will be set June 15.

Steve Stricker, a Madison resident and native of nearby Edgerton, won three times on PGA TOUR Champions in 2018, while also playing on the PGA TOUR. He continued his consistent play in major championships, finishing 20th at the 2018 U. S. Open. Stricker has 12 wins on the PGA TOUR and continues to play on both tours this year, while preparing as captain of the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Jerry Kelly is 3-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions, with 18 other top-10 finishes, in just his third year on the tour. He earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2017. Last season, he finished fourth on the tour’s season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition. Kelly has also won twice on the PGA TOUR.

Scott McCarron claimed last year’s American Family Insurance Championship in an exciting finish with many of the tour’s top players, winning by a stroke over Kelly and two strokes over Stricker, 2017 champion Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie. McCarron has eight wins on PGA TOUR Champions and three wins on the PGA TOUR. He finished second in last year’s Charles Schwab Cup.

Kirk Triplett returns to the American Family Championship after not playing in last year’s event to attend the college graduation of his son. He won the 2016 championship with a final 9-hole charge that outlasted Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes by two strokes. Triplett earned his 7th PGA TOUR Champions win with his victory at this year’s Hoag Classic. He has three wins on the PGA TOUR.

Special tickets discounts now available

Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available at AmFamChampionship.com/tickets, with special discounts for certain tickets purchased before June 1, including:

  • $5 off a $25 general admission ticket
  • $5 off a $20 Champions ticket (50 years +)

Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel can again enjoy a free three-day pass and any child 15 and under gets free admission to the tournament with a paid adult admission.

For tournament updates, fans can follow the tournament’s social media channels:
Twitter: @amfamchamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; and Instagram: AmFamChampionship.

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About the American Family Insurance Championship
American Family Insurance, the PGA TOUR Champions and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker launched this professional golf tournament in June 2016. The American Family Insurance Championship, held annually at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., features a 78-player field. Past champions include Scott McCarron (2018), Fred Couples (2017) and Kirk Triplett (2016). Championship week includes the three-day tournament, two Pro-Am competitions, 5K run/walk, charity concert and a special exhibition featuring celebrities from the sports and music industries. The 2019 event will be held June 15-23 with all proceeds allocated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. More than $4.7 million has been donated to charity since the inaugural event in 2016. For more information: Web: www.AmFamChampionship.com; Twitter: @AmFamChamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; Instagram: amfamchampionship #AmFamChamp

ABOUT PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2019, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Japan, England and Canada, with purses totaling nearly $58 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 170 countries and territories, reaching more than 340 million potential households, and distributed in 15+ markets via GOLFTV. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.