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TEE IT UP WITH A TOUR PRO AT TUCSON CONQUISTADORES CLASSIC

Golfers of the PGA Champions Tour will descend upon Tucson in March, giving golf aficionados the opportunity to play in a Champions Tour Pro-Am, rub shoulders with the pros and hit the shots with the game’s best.

Tucson, Arizona–Every golfer can share this unforgettable experience thanks to Omni Tucson National Resort, which is offering a unique “stay and play” package Omni Tuscon-Exterior_cropduring the inaugural Tucson Conquistadores Classic, a Champions Tour event held on the Catalina Course at the famed southern Arizona resort.

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Catalina Course Hole 9

 

The Omni Champions Tour Pro-Am Package includes three nights of luxury accommodations (for two) in a Mountain Vista room and features one amateur playing position in either of the Conquistadores Classic Pro-Am events on Wednesday, March 18, or Thursday, March 19, plus invitations to the Pro-Am parties and much more.

Both the Wednesday Champions Tour Pro-Am Package and the Thursday Champions Tour Pro-Am Package include:
• Two (2) invitations to Tuesday’s exclusive Pro-Am Pairings Party
• Two (2) invitations to Thursday’s Pro-Am Awards Party
• One (1) Pro-Am participant credential providing special access on Wednesday to dine with the pros in VIP Pro-Am Hospitality Area
• Two (2) grounds tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
• Custom deluxe Pro-Am gift package – a minimum value of $500
• Souvenir autographed team photo and commemorative scorecard
• Art of Breakfast Buffet daily in Fiesta (based on double occupancy)
• $100 resort credit to be used in The Spa, also valid for dining in Bob's Steak House and Legends TerraceLegends Bar & Grill, or Bob’s Steak & Chop House
• Food and beverage provided on course on selected Pro-Am day
• VIP parking
Each package is priced at $4,500.

Ranked as one of the top 100 golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the top 75 golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest, Omni Tucson National Resort is looking forward to welcoming back players who won here during their PGA Tour careers and who are now competing on the Champions Tour.

Senior Tour Players-omniPast champions include Kirk Triplett, Jeff Sluman, David Frost, Tom Watson, and Craig Stadler, all of whom are scheduled to appear.

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Catalina Course Hole 5

The Catalina Course has long been the host course of the PGA Tour and is known for its magnificent views and traditional-style layout, with gentle contours and tree-lined fairways.

 

Designed by Robert Van Hagge and Bruce Devlin, the Catalina features eight sparkling lakes and 80 bunkers, providing a challenging but fair defense to players of every caliber.

Catalina Course Hole 18
Catalina Course Hole 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 18th hole is considered to be one of the finest and most challenging finishing holes on the PGA Tour.

The Omni Champions Tour Pro-Am Package must be booked directly through the resort. Contact Jennifer Hentzen at (520) 877–2351 and jennifer.hentzen@omnihotels.com
About Omni Hotels & Resorts
Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.
 
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Molinari Aces 16th at Waste Management Phoenix Open

Earlier in the day, one of the announcers in the Golf Channel booth mentioned that it had been three years since the last hole-in-one on the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and he predicted that we we’re going to see one today.  Francesco-Molinari-006Well….so be it.  Francesco Molinari successfully carded a ONE just about an hour later.

It’s one of the most coveted tickets in golf, and the loudest!  Fully enclosed, the 16th  hole at the TPC Stadium Course is reminiscent of Roman times, where gladiators competed for their lives in order to satiate the audience’s thirst for bloody spectacles of glory by the competitors.

Albeit a little less bloody, Tour pros at the 16th are subject to boos for missing the green, boos for missing a birdie putt, but they will also be treated to raucous roars of approval for landing close to the pin. In a sport where quiet is the operative word, the 16th at TPC Scottsdale serves as the antithesis to the norm.  A crowd of 15,000 spectators were on hand to watch Francesco Molinari as he took his turn on the 16th.  At 133 yards, the players can  practically throw the ball on the green.  A fluid swing turned into a watch-full eye of the ball’s flight.  The ball landed just a few feet right of the pin, did a little side-spin, and ever so slowly, inched its way to the center of the cup.  NICE!

Molinari reacted with a huge smile, and thrust his arms up in the air encouraging the roar of the celebration for his hat trick.  Beer cups immediately came flying out of the stands in approval, punctuating the landscape.  And, true to the sponsor of the event, Waste Management, the mess was quickly cleaned up in ready anticipation of perhaps another, calculated to be 2,500 to 1 odds, shot at the cup.

Crowd anticipation of what Molinari would do with the ball-keep it or throw it to the crowd-was heavy as he lifted it from the cup.  True to the fans, and typical of Molinari being a class act he did the right thing, and donated it to the fans.

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