Feb. 16, 2013
LA QUINTA, Calif. - New excitement fueled by exciting professional sporting events in the Palm Springs region will help envelop The Prestige at PGA WEST, one of the country's premier college golf tournaments when it takes center stage at the Greg Norman Course beginning Monday.
Co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford, the 13th annual event moves to the spring portion of the college men's golf season in 2013 after enjoying a successful run in the fall since 2000.
The 54-hole tournament, which will conclude on Feb. 20, features some of the top teams in the country including No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Washington, No. 10 USC, No. 12. Stanford, No. 15 TCU and No. 16 Oklahoma State. Fifteen teams will compete for team and individual titles, including Stirling University which will be visiting from Scotland, the birthplace of golf.
Other teams scheduled to compete in the powerful tournament include No. 35 Texas Tech, No. 53 Arizona State and No. 57 Oregon. Co-host UC Davis is 52nd. San Diego State, Colorado and Fresno State are other teams ranked in the top 100 while Pepperdine is just outside that group.
The tournament currently features the ninth-highest rated field in the nation.
"What a privilege and honor it is to co-host one of the strongest events in all of college golf at one of the most famous golf destinations in the world," said Aggie coach Cy Williams. "We're very excited to co-host this event in La Quinta's high season. The course and weather will be perfect. It should be quite a showcase for college golf."
Besides high-quality golf competition in the La Quinta area, the tournament will feature the popular The Prestige at PGA WEST Junior Clinic on Sunday morning, along with a college-am event in the afternoon. A 13th anniversary awards dinner will take place at the beautiful PGA WEST Private Clubhouse following Sunday's activities.
The Prestige at PGA WEST will be played amongst a large local population which swells during the area's "high-season" and its accompanying beautiful weather. Already, PGA WEST's Palmer Private Course and Nicklaus Private Course have hosted a PGA Tournament - the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation in January. The BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined tennis event, will take place in early March at Indian Wells.
An estimated 250,000 additional residents call the Palm Springs region their home this time of year while the area attracts approximately three million visitors per year.
The Prestige at PGA WEST will take place against the backdrop of the region's excitement. Humana, the title sponsor of the Humana Challenge, has joined The Prestige at PGA WEST as a sponsor. Charles Schwab, Farmer John, Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., Nike Golf, La Quinta Resort & Club, the City of La Quinta, Rite-AID, Coca-Cola, gkkworks, Avis, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Fox 11, CBS Local 2 and ABC (KESQ) News Channel 3 of Palm Springs are also sponsors of the events.
The Prestige at PGA WEST Junior Clinic, presented by Farmer John, is supported by The First Tee of the Coachella Valley, the Southern California Golf Association and the SCPGA Junior Program. Conducted by Stanford coach Conrad Ray and Aggie coach Cy Williams along with other tournament coaches, the clinic welcomes youngsters and their families to learn more about golf from some of collegiate golf's foremost teachers. It's one the largest events of its type.
For more information, visit the official The Prestige at PGA WEST tournament website at www.prestige-pgawest.com. Live scoring will be available at http://www.golfgamebook.com/club/tournament/elastic/2up-wdl3