The Boca Raton Championship, one of the more popular events in the PGA Tour Champions, is returning to Broken Sound Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla., Feb. 5-11, with a new sponsor.
Sallyport, a global company that specializes in supporting military operations within complex environments, will be the tournament’s presenting sponsor and will host the Military Outpost on the 16th green – now named the Sallyport Pavilion. All current military and veterans (with ID) will receive free admission to the Boca Raton Championship and have access to the Sallyport Pavilion, where they will receive complimentary food and beverages.
“When this partnership was presented, we knew it was a perfect fit with the Sallyport organization and a great opportunity to give back to our veterans,” said Victor Esposito, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sallyport.
“As a military-friendly, top-10 employer, more than 50 percent of Sallyport’s U.S. National employees are veterans. Sallyport is excited to be a part of this prestigious event and allow our active military and veterans an opportunity to enjoy a week with the greats of the game and with the PGA TOUR Champions.”
Sallyport was founded in 2003 to support the post-war construction efforts in Iraq and has since expanded its operations across the globe ensuring the safety, security and comfort of its worldwide clients.
“We are thrilled to have Sallyport integrally involved in the Boca Raton Championship as presenting sponsor,” said Tournament Director Eddie Carbone. “Sallyport will provide complimentary access to the tournament for our military veterans, and in the Sallyport Pavilion, give our military veterans the first-class treatment they deserve while watching fabulous golf.”
Formerly the Allianz Championship, the Boca Raton Championship presented by Sallyport continues to build off the momentum of last year’s event. The tournament drew the best field in the 37-year history of the PGA Tour Champions, the largest crowds in the 11 years it has been held at Broken Sound and produced a dramatic finish with Scott McCarron making an eagle on the final hole to win by one shot.
“This is the Super Bowl of sporting event for Boca,’’ McCarron said of the Championship. “We (the players) really enjoy coming here.’’
In addition to McCarron, top players expected to play this year are Fred Couples, John Daly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and local Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer, who has been named Player of the Year on the PGA Tour Champions the past four seasons and seven times overall.
The Boca Raton Championship presented by Sallyport has an estimated annual economic impact of almost $20 million for Boca Raton and the Palm Beaches and has raised more than $1 million for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.