EverBank Becomes Presenting Sponsor of 2013 Tampa Bay Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., March 1, 2013
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The PGA TOUR,
tournament host organization Copperhead Charities and EverBank Financial Corp
(NYSE: EVER) announced today a one-year agreement whereby EverBank will be the
presenting sponsor of the TOUR's upcoming Tampa Bay Championship at Innisbrook
Resort and Golf Club.
The Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank is scheduled for March 14-17
at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course.
"We are extremely pleased that EverBank has agreed to become presenting
sponsor of the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship and thank the company for its
commitment," said Andy Pazder, Chief of Operations for the PGA TOUR. "With
only a couple of weeks before the tournament, we are focusing all of our time
and energy on helping EverBank to become fully integrated, including
development of on-site signage and the broadcast presentation and implementing
a full-scale customer engagement program."
The tournament represents the second major sports sponsorship for the
Jacksonville-based company. Since 2010, EverBank has held the naming rights to
EverBank Field, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
"EverBank is extremely proud to partner with the PGA TOUR to sponsor this
premier tournament here in our home state of Florida," said Blake Wilson,
EverBank's president and chief operating officer. "Like the TOUR and its
players, EverBank is committed to excellence and we share a considerable
passion for the game and its fans. We've had a great experience for several
years as supporters of THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass and we believe
now is the right time for us to step up our PGA TOUR sponsorship with the
Tampa Bay Championship. We're looking forward to some exciting golf, and we're
particularly pleased the tournament will help support the Copperheads and
their efforts to build a better community in the Tampa Bay area."
"We are delighted to welcome EverBank as our presenting sponsor this year and
look forward to working with them to ensure a highly successful tournament
that will have a profound impact on the Tampa Bay region," said David Robbins,
General Chairman of the Copperheads. "Copperhead Charities is proud of our
history of excellence with the PGA TOUR and what the tournament continues to
do for the local economy and charitable giving."
The Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank has been part of the PGA TOUR
schedule since 2000. Prior to becoming an individual stroke-play
championship, the Copperhead Course hosted the JCPenney Classic from 1977 to
1999, a tournament that featured PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour professionals
competing as teams.
The Copperhead Course has been recognized as a favorite among PGA TOUR
players, evidenced by ranking 9^th among all tournament courses in a 2012 Golf
World magazine player survey. Luke Donald won last year's tournament, which
attracted 23 of the world's top 50 players.
EverBank Financial Corp, through its wholly owned subsidiary EverBank,
provides a diverse range of financial products and services directly to
clients nationwide through multiple business channels. Headquartered in
Jacksonville, Florida, EverBank has $18.2 billion in assets and $13.1 billion
in deposits as of December 31, 2012. With an emphasis on value, innovation and
service, EverBank offers a broad selection of banking, lending and investing
products to consumers and businesses nationwide. EverBank provides services
to clients through the internet, over the phone, through the mail, at its
Florida-based financial centers and at other business offices throughout the
country. More information on EverBank can be found at
About The Copperheads
The Copperheads' history of aiding Tampa Bay area charities through
professional golf dates back more than 30 years with more than $29.5 million
generated for charity in that span. The 2013 Tampa Bay Championship is 13th
full-field PGA TOUR event sponsored by the Copperheads on the Copperhead
Course at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.
The more than 150 members of the Copperheads are Tampa Bay area community and
business leaders whose two-fold goal is to provide a first-class professional
golf tournament and raise funds for area charities. More than 50 Tampa Bay
area charities actively participate in the Tampa Bay Championship through
Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities and in 2013, the Moffitt Cancer Center was
named a charitable partner.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring
professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA
TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver
substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back,
generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in
which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 945 million households
in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments
are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable
giving. In 2012, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $122 million
for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of
charitable contributions to more than $1.8 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the
organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
SOURCE EverBank Financial Corp
Contact: Chris Smith, PGA TOUR, +1-904-273-3379, email@example.com; Michael
Cosgrove, EverBank, +1-904-623-2029, michael.cosgrove@EverBank.com; Rick
Odioso, The Copperheads, +1-727-942-5566, firstname.lastname@example.org
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