Monday, July 13, 2015

The Barbasol Championship 2015

History is being made not only in Auburn/Opelika, but in the state of Alabama this week as the PGA tour makes a stop at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail for the Barbasol Championship. This is the first PGA tournament played in Alabama, and will feature top players including some major winners. Below we hope to give you a first look at what you can expect this week!

The tournament will be held July 13-19 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National. As I said before this will be the first PGA tour event in the State of Alabama. This is huge and we are so excited for what it means for our community. Not only will the tournament bring in an estimated $25 million on an annual basis, attendance is expected to be more than 50,000. With that being said, if you are out and about, and see someone exploring, be sure to help them find their way to some of Auburn and Opelika's best shops, dining and attractions. This event will put Auburn/Opelika on the local, national and international map and we can't wait for the world to see why we love our beautiful cities!

The Course:

Did you know that quality golf was available right here at home? Grand National is one of 11 sites along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. It has 36-holes of championship golf along with an 18-hole par-3 short course. Golf Digest rated the Links Course as 2nd and the Lake Course as 4th "Best New Public Course" in 1993. It has been host to several notable events such as the 1997 Nike Tour Championship, 1998 LPGA Tournament of Champions and the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Golf Championship. You too can play championship golf, as the course is open to the public. For information on packages, please call 1-800-949-4444 to book your next golf outing!


Monday, July 13 - Media Center Opens at noon
Tuesday, July 14 - Interviews with several SEC players in the field; Youth Clinic with PGA Tour players and Auburn University representatives.
Wednesday, July 15 - Pro-Am Day; Eagles at RTJ with visit from Southeastern Raptor Center from 11 a.m.-noon.
Thursday, July 16 - First round. Live coverage on Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m. CST.
Friday, July 17 - Second round. Live coverage on Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m. CST
Saturday, July 18 - Third round. Live coverage on Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m. CST
Sunday, July 19 - Final round. Live coverage on Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m. CST. End of play anticipated at 6 p.m. CST


The tournament will bring 132 professional golfers competing for $4 million in prize money. The PGA Tour will award 300 FedEx Cup points to the winner. Although the final list of players will be final later this week, below are players expected to be here this week:

Major Winners, Multiple Winners and Other Interesting Angles

·         Sangmoon Bae - Currently 20th in FedEx Cup Points and 87th in the world ranking. Winner of 2015 Open

·         Jonathan Byrd - Five time winner on the PGA TOUR

·         Alex Cejak - Winner of the 2015 Puerto Rico Open

·         Brendon de Jonge - Currently 28th in FedEx Cup Points and 90th in the world ranking

·         Trevor Immelman - 2008 Masters Winner

·         Lee Janzen - 1998 US Open Winner and eight time winner on the PGA TOUR

·         Billy Mayfair - Five time winner on the PGA TOUR

·         Sam Saunders - Arnold Palmer's grandson

·         Nick Taylor - Winner of the 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship

·         Nicholas Thompson - Brother of LPGA star Lexi Thompson who first won on the RTJ Golf Trail

·         Boo Weekley - Three time winner on the PGA who lives in the area. Avid outdoorsman.

·         Mike Weir - 2003 Masters Winner

2015 Sponsor Exemptions

·         Maverick McNealy - Stanford University - Ranked 1 on Golfstat Cup; 2015 Jack Nicklaus Award Winner

·         Robby Shelton - University of Alabama Sophomore - Ranked 14 on Golfstat Cup

·         Tomasz Anderson - Jacksonville State Senior - Ranked 42 on Golfstat Cup from England

·         Richy Werenski - Georgia Tech, Sponsor Exemption for winning Big Break on Golf Channel

Players with State of Alabama Connections

·         Blayne Barber - Auburn University

·         Jason Bohn - University of Alabama

·         Glen Day - From Mobile and played at the University of Oklahoma

·         Joe Durant - Huntingdon College in Montgomery

·         Dicky Pride - University of Alabama from Tuscaloosa

·         Robby Shelton - University of Alabama Sophomore - Sponsor Exemption from Mobile

·         Heath Slocum - University of South Alabama

·         Zach Sucher - University of Alabama Birmingham

·         Tomasz Anderson - Jacksonville State Senior - Sponsor Exemption

·         Will Wilcox - University of Alabama Birmingham from Birmingham

Players with State of Georgia Connections

·         Blake Adams - Georgia Southern University

·         Roberto Castro - Georgia Tech

·         Ryuji Imada - University of Georgia

·         Troy Matteson - Georgia Tech

·         Zach Sucher - UAB, from Atlanta

·         Vaughn Taylor - Augusta State University

·         Nicholas Thompson - Georgia Tech

·         Cameron Tringale - Georgia Tech

·         Richy Werenski - Georgia Tech

Tickets/Fan Info:

Don't miss your chance to witness history being made! The public can now purchase daily tickets and a variety of upgrades and packages online at Children 15 and under are admitted to the tournament for FREE accompanied by a ticketed adult. Parking will be on Robert Trent Jones Parkway in the big field to the left before you get to the Marriott turn. There will be trams transporting guests to the round about in front of the Clubhouse. If you are attending, cameras, alcoholic beverages, coolers and weapons of any kind are prohibited on site. There is a NO AUTOGRAPH POLICY enforced on the golf course during Tournament days. Autograph seeking is allowed at the Autograph Alley located outside the 18 Scoring Tent after a player has completed his round.

The Barbasol Championship is sure to make a statement in the PGA world this week and we are thrilled to have Auburn and Opelika as its home. If you have any questions or if you need help finding accommodations, please feel free to contact us at (334) 887-7011 or visit!

This week in Auburn/Opelika:

July 13-14: Camp War Eagle at Auburn University
July 13-19: The Barbasol Championship at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
July 14: Discovery Hike at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center
July 14: Opelika Mainstreet Farmers Market from 3-6 p.m.
July 14: Summer Swing Concert Series at the Municipal Park in Opelika.
July 16: Camp War Eagle at Auburn University
July 16: The Market at Ag Heritage Park from 3-6 p.m.


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