American Family Insurance Championship

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American Family Insurance Championship
American Family Insurance Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationMadison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Established2016
Course(s)University Ridge Golf Course
Par72
Length7,259 yards (6,638 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
FormatStroke play - 54 holes
(no cut)
Prize fund$2.0 million
Month playedJune
Tournament record score
Aggregate199 Kirk Triplett (2016)
To par−17 as above
Current champion
United States Scott McCarron
Madison is located in the United States
Madison
Madison
Location in the United States
Madison is located in Wisconsin
Madison
Madison
Location in Wisconsin

The American Family Insurance Championship is a professional golf tournament in Wisconsin on the PGA Tour Champions, played at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. The inaugural edition in June 2016 featured an 81-player field and a $2 million purse in a no-cut 54-hole event.[2]

History[edit]

American Family Insurance signed a three-year agreement to be the tournament's initial title sponsor. Steve Stricker served as tournament host in 2016 and then as player-host starting in 2017, when he turns fifty and is eligible to play.[3] Proceeds raised will support the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, the American Family Children's Hospital, and The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin.[4]

Kirk Triplett won the debut event in 2016 with a final round 65 (−7) for 199 (−17), two strokes ahead of runners-up Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes.[5][6] After making his only bogey of the final round at the tenth hole, Triplett birdied five of the next six, then concluded with two pars.[5][6]

Host[edit]

Born in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and a Madison resident, Stricker is an American Family Insurance brand ambassador. He co-chairs the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, founded in 2013. In addition to his twelve wins on the PGA Tour, Stricker represented the United States on five Presidents Cup teams and three Ryder Cup teams, and ranked second in the world rankings in 2010. He won the Wisconsin State Open five times between 1987 and 2000.[2]

Course[edit]

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., University Ridge opened 28 years ago in 1991 and is home to the University of Wisconsin men's and women's golf teams. The 7,259-yard (6,638 m), par-72 course features an open front nine and a more forested back nine. It hosted the NCAA women's championships in 1998 as well as multiple Big Ten Conference championships.[7] The front nine has three par fives and three par threes.

Championship tees

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Verona 396 4 10 Elm Valley 483 4
2 ZigZag 555 5 11 Ridgeline 569 5
3 Floodplain 242 3 12 Dropshot 200 3
4 Morse Pond 467 4 13 Halfpipe 336 4
5 Noer's View 198 3 14 Hickory Hill 398 4
6 Kettle Pond 623 5 15 Lone Elm 352 4
7 Drumlin 429 4 16 Bunkered 554 5
8 On the Rocks 207 3 17 Reflections 250 3
9 Hedgerow 587 5 18 Capitol Climb 413 4
Out 3,704 36 In 3,555 36
Source:[1]         Rating=74.9,  Slope=144 Total 7,259 72

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Country Winning score To par Margin Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($)
2018 Jun 22–24 Scott McCarron  United States 70-67-64=201 −15 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly 300,000 2,000,000
2017 Jun 23–25 Fred Couples  United States 67-68-66=201 −15 2 strokes United States Scott Verplank 300,000 2,000,000
2016 Jun 24–26 Kirk Triplett  United States 68-66-65=199 −17 2 strokes United States Bart Bryant
United States Mike Goodes
300,000 2,000,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scorecard" (PDF). University Ridge Golf Course. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "PGA Tour's Champions Tour comes to Wisconsin with American Family Insurance Championship". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Baggot, Andy. "Pro golf: Steve Stricker, American Family Insurance team up to bring Champions Tour event to University Ridge in 2016". madison.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Charities". amfamchampionship.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Kirk Triplett rallies with four late birdies to win at Wisconsin". ESPN. Associated Press. June 26, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "American Family Insurance Championship". ESPN. (leaderboard). June 26, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "University Ridge-About Us". UniversityRidge.com. University Ridge. Archived from the original on March 26, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°01′23″N 89°32′42″W / 43.023°N 89.545°W / 43.023; -89.545