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SEATTLE, Wash. – Aug. 11, 2004 – The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, Seattle community leaders and the Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Snoqualmie Ridge today announced plans for a new addition to the tour – the Greater Seattle Golf Classic – to be played at the TPC facility beginning in Aug., 2005. Officials announced a three-year agreement, extending through 2007. The inaugural Greater Seattle Golf Classic will be played Aug. 15-21, 2005. The Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge will be hosting its first TOUR competition. The field will be comprised of 78 players. The beneficiary of the Greater Seattle Golf Classic will be The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The Heart Institute is widely recognized for excellence in cardiac care, serving patients throughout the Northwest and Alaska. J. Michael Rona, president of Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Tod Leiweke, chief executive officer of the Seattle Seahawks, will serve as co-chairmen of the Classic. “Seattle boasts a vibrant golf community. The Champions Tour has been interested in the Seattle area for some time,” said Champions Tour president Rick George. “The TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge is one of the best courses in the state. Our players are already looking forward to competing there. We are confident Seattle golf fans will welcome the Champions Tour when it comes to town in Aug. 2005.” “The Greater Seattle Golf Classic will be a world-class golf tournament that will inspire amateur golfers and kids alike,” said Leiweke. “Far more important is the opportunity it presents to raise millions of dollars supporting the great work of Virginia Mason,” he added. “On behalf of our patients at The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason, we are thrilled to be part of this exciting event,” said Rona. “The Greater Seattle Golf Classic supports our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality, innovative cardiac care and research in the region.” “The TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge is pleased to host the Champions Tour, which will not only be a world-class golf event, it will also benefit the important work of The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason and the greater Snoqualmie Community as well,” said Peter Orser, Quadrant Homes president. Quadrant Homes is the owner/developer of Snoqualmie Ridge and the largest homebuilder in Washington. The Champions Tour played in the Seattle area previously from 1986 through 1995. Winners of the event include Dave Stockton, Al Geiberger and Chi Chi Rodriguez. About the Champions Tour The Champions Tour is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour and renamed the Champions Tour in the fall of 2002, it has grown to 30 official events offering $52.8 million (minimum) in prize money in 2004 and its highest average purse ever of $1.75 million. The Champions Tour’s primary purpose is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. The three Tours of the PGA TOUR (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour) and their tournaments have generated more than $820 million for charity since the first recorded donation was made in 1938, with more than $82.8 million raised last year. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Rick George is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters are in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Its Web site address is About Virginia Mason Medical Center Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. For more information visit About Quadrant Homes Quadrant Homes, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, is Washington state's largest single-family homebuilder. The company has earned the highest rating from the Master Builders Association for the company's commitment to environmentally responsible "Built Green" homebuilding practices and also was recently recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Energy Star qualified builder. Now in its 35th year, Quadrant Homes is currently building at ten communities in the Puget Sound region. For more information, visit Quadrant's new Web site at About Snoqualmie Ridge Located in scenic Snoqualmie, Wash., Snoqualmie Ridge is a 1,340-acre Eastside planned community that is owned and developed by Quadrant Homes, a subsidiary of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. Snoqualmie Ridge embodies the essence of the Pacific Northwest and is currently home to more then 1,500 families. Some of the region's top home builders have chosen to build Snoqualmie Ridge's distinctive and timeless homes. In addition to a 10-acre retail neighborhood and an 89-acre business park, Snoqualmie Ridge features more than 40 percent of its land dedicated as natural open space.. According to New Homes Trend, Snoqualmie Ridge was the top-selling new home community in Washington state in 2003. About Troon Golf Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf manages operations at more than 140 courses located in 26 states and 12 countries. Additionally, 28 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Maderas Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.; Lake of Isles Golf Club, North Stonington, Conn.; TPC Snoqulamie Ridge, Snoqulamie, Wash.; Kooindah Golf & Country Club, New South Wales, Australia; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England. ### Contacts: Jeff Adams Director, Public Relations Champions Tour Tel: 904-273-3397 Email: Alisha Mark Media Relations Manager Virginia Mason Medical Center Tel: 206-341-1509
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