The DC area Nationwide event started at Woodmore Country Club, moved to the University of Maryland Golf Course, and now is headed for its new home at TPC Potomac at Avenel in Potomac, MD.
A recently remodeled Avenel was the host for the 2010 Senior Players Championship and received praise from the players. We look forward to a great event there in 2012.
Here is the recent press release…
Washington D.C. Area’s Nationwide Tour Event Announces New Host Organization, New Venue and Dates
“Neediest Kids Championship presented by Under Armour” will be played at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Oct. 1 – 7, 2012
POTOMAC, MD – Shortly, the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour will release its 2012 tournament schedule. One significant development on the new schedule involves the Nationwide Tour’s Washington D.C.-area event, which will have a new host organization, new host site and new dates.
In 2012, the “Neediest Kids Championship presented by Under Armour” will be played at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, moving to Oct. 1-7 dates. A three-year agreement is in effect.
Neediest Kids is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income students in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area get the basic essentials they need so they can get the education they deserve.
“By hosting this tournament, we hope to raise significant funds to provide at-risk children with eyeglasses, coats, clothing, shoes, school supplies, uniforms, groceries, toiletries, and other basic necessities,” said Neediest Kids CEO Amy Ginsburg.
“We look forward to introducing Neediest Kids and their incredible story and sharing with everyone more information about this exciting new relationship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm,” said tournament director Teo Sodeman.
“The Nationwide Tour welcomes Neediest Kids to the family of PGA TOUR host organizations,” said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee. “With Neediest Kids and the TOUR’s TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, plus the support of Under Armour, we think we have a very solid foundation in place to grow the Nationwide Tour’s presence and impact in the Washington, D.C. area.”
In January, the Neediest Kids Championship presented by Under Armour will host a press conference at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm to formally introduce Neediest Kids’ executives and board members and provide more details about the 2012 event.
The newly-renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm has previously hosted the PGA TOUR (1987-2006) and Champions Tour (2010). The Potomac, Md. facility becomes only the second TPC facility to host all three tours that are under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR. TPC Sawgrass, at TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., has also welcomed the three tours.
The Nationwide Tour first played in Maryland in 2007 (through 2009) at the Country Club of Woodmore in Mitchellville, Md., before moving to the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park for the 2010 and ’11 tournaments. This year’s event was won by Steve Wheatcroft in record-smashing fashion. The Pennsylvania native shot a Nationwide Tour record 255 (-29) and won the Melwood Prince George’s County Open presented by Under Armour by a Tour record 12 shots.
The Neediest Kids Championship presented by Under Armour will be broadcast for the sixth straight year by Golf Channel in the United States and seen in 176 countries and territories worldwide.