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Scottsdale’s 2nd PGA TOUR  stop to be held at Grayhawk Golf Club next October

PGA TOUR selects the Thunderbirds to host 2007 FRY’S ELECTRONICS OPEN

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –The Thunderbirds, hosts of the FBR Open, announced today that a new PGA TOUR event will be coming to Scottsdale, Oct. 15-21, 2007. Part of the TOUR’s Fall Series, the Fry’s Electronics Open will be played at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course, and will feature a full-field (132 players), four-day tournament with a $5 million purse and $900,000 first place prize to the winner.  As with all 2007 Fall Series events, the Fry’s Electronics Open will be aired all four days on The Golf Channel.

 “Obviously this is a huge coup for Scottsdale and the Valley to land a second PGA TOUR event in 2007,” said Thunderbird Big Chief Mike Haenel.  “The overwhelming success of the FBR Open clearly illustrates this is a golf town that can support multiple TOUR events. We look forward to bringing the same level of excitement and fan enthusiasm we see at the FBR Open to the TOUR’s Fall Series.”

Ticket information will be announced at a later date by the tournament host Thunderbirds.  PGA TOUR professionals will have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, to commit to play in the tournament.

“With such a large contingent of TOUR professionals already living here in the Valley, we should have a strong field vying for the championship,” added Tournament Chairman Greg Hoyt.  “Needless to say, we’re excited to be hosting the game’s best for a second time in 2007.”

The Fry’s Electronics Open will be held in Scottsdale for only one year before moving to its permanent home at the Institute Golf Course in Morgan Hill, Calif.  In 2007, the Institute Golf Course will be undergoing construction of a clubhouse and other course enhancements, so it will not be available to host the 2007 event.  

“With over 70 years of experience successfully hosting a PGA TOUR event, the Thunderbirds were a natural choice when the TOUR was looking for a temporary home for the Fry’s Electronics Open,” said PGA TOUR Vice President of Tournament Business Affairs Duke Butler. “Add to that Grayhawk Golf Club’s experience of hosting multiple PGA TOUR sanctioned events and the Phoenix/Scottsdale area made perfect sense as the interim home for this event.”

 

About The Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports.  The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members, and they are the annual hosts of the PGA TOUR’s FBR Open.  In 2006, The Thunderbirds donated $6.8 million to Arizona Charities through FBR Open proceeds, the largest amount ever raised by a PGA TOUR event.  The FBR Open is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and in 2006 drew more than half a million exuberant golf fans to the TPC Scottsdale. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2007 FBR Open, call the Thunderbirds office at (602) 870-0163 or visit www.fbropen.com.

About The PGA TOUR’s Fall Series

The PGA TOUR’s Fall Series is a seven tournament series that kicks off with the Turning Stone Resort Championship, September 17-23 in Verona, New York and finishes with the Walt Disney World Resort Classic, October 29-November 4 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The seven-event series will offer more than $32 million in official prize money. For more information about the PGA TOUR visit www.pgatour.com.  

About Fry’s Electronics

Fry’s Electronics, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Sunnyvale, Calif., by the three Fry brothers, John, Randy and Dave; and Kathy Kolder.  Fry’s Electronics originated as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide a one-stop shopping environment for the hi-tech professional.  Fry’s retails more than 50,000 electronic items and has 32 stores nationwide.  There are two Fry’s Electronics retail stores in Arizona, one in North Phoenix and the other in Tempe. For more information about Fry’s Electronics visit www.frys.com.

About Grayhawk Golf Club

Grayhawk Golf Club, located in Scottsdale, Ariz., is widely considered to be one of the country’s top daily-fee golf venues offering 36 holes of exceptional golf in a spectacular Sonoran Desert setting.   Since opening in 1994, Grayhawk has been honored with industry accolades including “Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.” by Golf Magazine and a “Top 10 in the State You Can Play” by Golf Digest.  In addition, Grayhawk’s two golf courses – Talon and Raptor – have hosted several premier competitive golf events, attracting some of the world’s best players.  PGA TOUR-sanctioned events hosted by Grayhawk include The Williams World Challenge, Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf (now known as the Accenture Match Play Championships), FBR Open Pro-Ams and The Tommy Bahama Challenge.  Other notable competitive events include the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior, Heather Farr Trophy Matches and Tommy Bahama Desert Marlin.  For more information about Grayhawk Golf Club visit www.grayhawkgolf.com.

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