Akron, Ohio – The PGA Tour Championship and Bridgestone Senior Players Championship announced today that Kaulig Companies, a growing single-member family office with successful verticals across multiple industries across the country, will become the PGA Tour The new title sponsor for the Championship is Firestone Country Club, under a four-year deal starting in 2023.
“At Kaulig Companies, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our communities and are proud to partner with PGA TOUR Champions to sponsor one of their flagship events,” said Matt Kaulig, Executive Chairman of Kaulig Companies. “Being able to support the City of Akron, and the event’s impressive track record of giving back to local charities – many of the same as we do through Kaulig Giving – made it easy for our team to decide to sign up as title sponsor. We look forward to building on the success of the event and look forward to an exciting four years ahead.”
Next year’s game at Firestone Country Club will be July 13-16, 2023. The official name of the competition will be announced at a later date.
“We are delighted to welcome The Caulig Company to the PGA TOUR Champions family,” said Miller Brady, President of PGA TOUR Champions. “This title sponsorship is yet another example of Kaulig’s longstanding commitment to and support of the local community. We thank Matt Kaulig and Tim Clepper for making sure this event remains one of the truly special events on our calendar each season role in the status of one. We thank Bridgestone for their support of the event over the years and we look forward to celebrating their contributions at this year’s event.”
One of five majors in the PGA TOUR Champions, the 72-hole tournament will host 78 players competing for $3 million in prize money. Past winners of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship include Steve Stricker (2021), Jerry Kelly (2020) and Retiff Goosen (2019). In addition to tournament rounds, the week-long event includes the Pro-Am, Golf Ambassador Awards – this year honoring former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice – tournament hospitality venues, concerts and special events.
“The team at Kaulig Companies is proud to partner with PGA TOUR Champions and we look forward to sponsoring such an iconic event in Northeast Ohio,” said Tim Clepper, President and CEO of Kaulig Companies. “Hosting a professional golf tournament has a positive impact on the local community in addition to our economy, and we’re excited to be part of this new chapter with the PGA TOUR Champions team.”
The 2022 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship continues the tradition of the Firestone Country Club Pro Golf Championship, partnering with Northern Ohio Golf Charities to give back more than $30 million to area charities. The 2021 donation of $840,000 is the largest annual philanthropic total generated by the FirstEnergy Foundation through the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship and Golf Ambassador Program. These donations will go to worthy causes throughout Northeast Ohio. Major charities supported include Akron Children’s Hospital, LeBron James Family Foundation, Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, Greater Akron First Tee, UH Rainbow Baby and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron Comprehensive Challenge Golf Program, Summa Health and United Way Summit Medina.
“We are excited that the Kaulig Companies will be the title sponsor of a major event on the Champions Tour, and Bridgestone will be a founding partner of the event,” said Don Padgett III, Executive Director of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. . “Their support enables the Golf Tournament to help outstanding charities in our community and continue the tradition of professional golf at Firestone Country Club, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2023.”
Previously, Firestone Country Club hosted the PGA Tour World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational from 2006-2018. Firestone Country Club has a rich history of former champions including Justin Thomas (2018), Hideki Matsuyama (2017), Rory McIlroy (2014) and eight-time champion Tiger Woods (1999) 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013).
“At Bridgestone, we believe that what really matters is to have a positive and lasting impact on future generations in our local community, and professional golf at Firestone Country Club makes a huge difference for our neighbors in Northeast Ohio. contribution,” said President Paul Ferrari. Chief Executive Officer of Bridgestone Americas. “We have been proud to help continue this tradition as title sponsor since 2006, and we look forward to continuing to support the future as a founding partner of this event.”
This year’s Bridgestone Senior Players Championship will be held at Firestone Country Club from July 7-10, 2022.For more information, please visit Bridgestone SENIORPLAYERS.com.