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November 7, 2012

Volunteer positions still open for PGA TOUR season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions


Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii (November 7, 2012) – As players have one final opportunity to qualify for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the event has limited opportunities for those interested in the unique experience of volunteering when the first event of the 2013 PGA TOUR season comes to The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort, Jan. 3-7, 2013. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friendships while getting a behind-the-scenes working view of how the winner-only launch to the FedExCup season comes to life. 

The field for the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions will include some of the biggest names in golf. Winners from the 2012 PGA TOUR season to date include the likes of defending champion Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els and many more.

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the tournament, and without their hard work and dedication the event would not be able to give proceeds like the $300,000 given back to the Maui community from the 2012 tournament.  Since 1999 the host organization of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions has distributed over $4 million to our designated beneficiaries as well as various community organizations. Volunteers play a vital role in the success of the tournament, which ultimately benefits the local Maui community.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to be close to some of golf’s best while working as an integral part of hosting a world-class tournament. Depending on how many shifts they work, volunteers receive benefits and items including shirts, weekly passes to the event and golf at the Kapalua Resort Bay.

“Because of the stature and importance of this PGA TOUR event to this community and the charities that are touched by the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, it is imperative that we assemble the most effective and experienced volunteer staff possible,” said Executive Director Nancy Cross. “This is a great opportunity to meet new people, network, make great friends and play a vital role in the success of one of the most elite tournaments on the PGA TOUR.”

Those interested in volunteering should sign up at http://events.trustevent.com/index.cfm?eid=1101

Ian Poulter qualified last week thanks to his victory at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. That leaves the final opportunity for players to qualify for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at this week’s Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World.  

Players currently qualified for the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Player                    Tournament(s) won
Ben Curtis                    Valero Texas Open
Bill Haas                      Northern Trust Open
Brandt Snedeker           Farmers Insurance Open, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
Bubba Watson              Masters Tournament
Carl Pettersson             RBC Heritage
Dustin Johnson             FedEx St. Jude Classic
Ernie Els                      British Open
George McNeill           Puerto Rico Open
Hunter Mahan              Shell Houston Open, World Golf Championship-Accenture Match Play Championship
Ian Poulter                   World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions
J.J. Henry                     Reno Tahoe Open
Jason Dufner                Zurich Classic of New Orleans, HP Byron Nelson Championship
John Huh                     Mayakoba Golf Classic
Johnson Wagner           Sony Open in Hawaii
Jonas Blixt                    Frys.com Open
Justin Rose                   WGC-Cadillac Championship
Keegan Bradley            WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Kyle Stanley                 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Luke Donald                Transitions Championship
Marc Leishman             Travelers Championship
Mark Wilson                Humana Challenge
Matt Kuchar                 THE PLAYERS
Nick Watney                The Barclays
Phil Mickelson             AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Rickie Fowler              Wells Fargo Championship
Rory McIlroy               The Honda Classic, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship
Ryan Moore                Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Scott Piercy                   RBC Canadian Open
Scott Stallings                True South Classic
Sergio Garcia                Wyndham Championship
Steve Stricker                Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Ted Potter, Jr.              The Greenbrier Classic
Tommy Gainey            McGladery Classic
Tiger Woods                Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Memorial Tournament, AT&T National
Webb Simpson             U.S. Open
Zach Johnson               Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic

Tickets are on sale now, and there are limited Pro-Am spots available. For more info, visit www.pgatour.com/hyundai or call 808-665-9160.

About Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Please visit our media website at www.hyundainews.com.

About Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the season-opening event of the PGA TOUR and held at the legendary Plantation Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii. The tournament’s unique format allows only champions from the 2012 PGA TOUR season to qualify for this one-of-a-kind winners-only event. During their stay, tournament guests enjoy world-class accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Since 1999, the host organizations of the event have distributed more than $4 million to the Maui community.

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Contact: Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR, 904-273-3286, chrisreimer@pgatourhq.com

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