Lakewood Ranch, Florida – After the success of the inaugural LECOM Suncoast Classic, the tournament will return to the Korn Ferry Tour (previously the Web.com Tour) the week of February 10-16, 2020. Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida will again host the 144 professionals competing for a $600,000 purse and a chance to contend against the world’s best golfers on the PGA TOUR.
The 2019 LECOM Suncoast Classic named Mark Hubbard its first champion. Hubbard shot an impressive 26-under to secure the victory and propel his season toward success. After receiving his PGA TOUR card in August, Hubbard is off to a strong start on the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR circuit. He fell just short of his first PGA TOUR victory this past weekend at the Houston Open, finishing in 2nd place. Hubbard currently sits in 7th place in the FedEx Cup standings, with two top-10 results in his first five events.
“My win was so early in the year that I knew I had some work to do still to lock up my card, but I feel like I needed to come back onto this Tour to learn how to win again,” said Hubbard. “It was nice to accomplish my goal so early in the year. It almost came as a surprise to me. I thought that I would have to build all year to get into position to win, but to win it at the LECOM Suncoast Classic was unbelievable. It jumpstarted my confidence and I’ve been a different player since then.”
The 2020 LECOM Suncoast Classic will provide another opportunity for a shot at the PGA TOUR, as the tournament continues in its five-year commitment to the Suncoast area through 2023. Volunteer registration is currently open to 2019 volunteers, and new volunteers will have the opportunity to register beginning the week of October 21st. Tickets will go on sale in early November. More than 17,000 spectators came out to the event in 2019, and attendance is expected to reach 25,000 during the 2020 tournament. Children 17 and under, active duty military, veterans, and first responders all receive free admission to the tournament.
ABOUT LECOM SUNCOAST CLASSIC
The LECOM Suncoast Classic, a tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour, made its debut on the annual schedule in 2019. The LECOM Suncoast Classic is contested at Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and will be held the week of February 10-16, with 144 players competing for a $600,000 purse. A five-year deal is in place through 2023. For more information, please visit lecomsuncoastclassic.com.
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is the nation’s largest medical college and is the only Academic Health Center in the osteopathic profession. Physicians and administrators at the Millcreek Community Hospital saw the growing demand for more physicians and opened LECOM in 1992. With the college and the hospital as the core of a highly innovative medical education system based in Erie, Pa., LECOM has strived to add to the quality of life of our neighbors by bringing total health care to the community. The College brought a new concept in medical fitness and wellness to Erie, built a network of physician offices and has started construction on a senior living center that is introducing a new model of health care for older adults. LECOM offers innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and dental medicine. From campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa. and Bradenton, Fla., LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of health care professionals.
ABOUT THE 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 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 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 KORN FERRY
Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We work with clients to design their organizational structures, roles and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people and advise them on how to reward, develop and motivate their workforce. And, we help professionals navigate and advance their careers.