Golf News for Monday, November 5, 2012 | Tournaments

Tickets now available for PGA Tour's 2013 Humana Challenge

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- 2013 Humana Challenge tickets, starting as low as $30, are available in a convenient, user-friendly manner through the PGA TOUR golf tournament's website, www.HumanaChallenge.com.

The 2013 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation is a four-round, 72-hole tournament to be played at PGA WEST's Palmer and Nicklaus Private Courses and La Quinta Country Club from Jan. 14-20, 2013. The golf event features an expanded field of 156 PGA TOUR professionals and 156 amateurs, including celebrities.

The Humana Challenge challenges everyone - attendees, players and viewers - to better understand their role in their own well-being and to take steps to improve and maintain their health. The tournament, which continues to honor and celebrate the legacy of Bob Hope, was named 2012 Sports Event of the Year by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.

Pre-tournament ticket specials allow golf fans plenty of incentive to purchase Humana Challenge tickets in advance at www.HumanaChallenge.com. One-Day Grounds tickets - providing grounds admission to the Humana Challenge at PGA WEST and La Quinta CC - are $30 if purchased by Jan. 13, nearly a 25% savings from the $39 price beginning Jan. 14 and at the gate. One-Day Clubhouse tickets - providing grounds and clubhouse admission to the Humana Challenge at both courses - are on sale for $60 before Jan. 14, a $10 savings from the normal price of $70 beginning Jan. 14 and at the gate.

The best value for golf fans lies with the Patron and Member Badges, which include free parking. The Patron Badge provides week-long grounds admission with preferred parking at PGA WEST from Wed.-Sun. for $90 before Jan. 14, or $120 beginning Jan. 14 and at the gate. A Member Badge allows week-long grounds and clubhouse admission with preferred parking at PGA WEST for $175 if purchased by Jan. 13, or $200 beginning Jan. 14 and at the gate. Humana Challenge tickets make for a terrific birthday or holiday gift for sports and golf fans.

Tickets, including those to the exclusive Bob Hope Club along the 18th green of the Palmer Private Course at PGA WEST, can also be ordered by calling 1-888-672-4673.

Leading up to the event, fans can follow the latest Humana Challenge news online at the tournament's website, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HumanaChallenge and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HumanaChallenge/@HumanaChallenge.

The first three rounds of the four-day tournament will be played in a pro-am format, with the pro-am teams consisting of one professional and one amateur playing in groups of four. Round four will feature professionals only.

Event and volunteer information as well as registration information for the Jan. 14 Couples Challenge Pro-Am and Jan. 16 Bob Hope Legacy Pro-Am can be found at HumanaChallenge.com. The website also enables fans to subscribe to the Humana Challenge's monthly eNewsletter and connect to its Facebook and Twitter pages.

During the past 53 years, the Humana Challenge has generated more than $52 million in donations to charities in the Coachella Valley, primarily the Eisenhower Medical Center.

About Humana Inc.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.2 million medical members, 7.1 million specialty members, and operates more than 300 medical centers and 240 worksite medical facilities. Humana is a full-service benefits and well-being solutions company, offering a wide array of health, pharmacy and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals, as well as primary and workplace care through its medical centers and worksite medical facilities. Over its 50-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio. More information regarding Humana is available at www.humana.com.

About the William J. Clinton Foundation
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment, by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens — leveraging their expertise, resources, and passions — to turn good intentions into measurable results.

To accomplish its goals, the Clinton Foundation has established separate initiatives, each with a distinct mission but all reflecting President Clinton's founding vision: to implement sustainable programs that improve access worldwide to investment, opportunity, and lifesaving services now and for future generations. Working in diverse geographic regions and responding to local needs, the initiatives address targeted challenges in the Foundation's key areas of focus: economic empowerment, education, environment and energy, health systems, and nutrition.

The Clinton Global Initiative brings together a community of leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. Through strategic organization and investment, the Clinton Foundation strives to change global systems, entire communities, and the way business is done in both developed and developing countries - while emphasizing solutions that make meaningful and positive changes in individual lives. For more information, visit www.clintonfoundation.org.

About Desert Classic Charities
Since its inception, Desert Classic Charities, the charitable entity that organizes the Humana Challenge, has contributed more than $52 million to the Eisenhower Medical Center and surrounding Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations. Its scope of giving is broad and includes structured and mentoring programs for children, social services, and food and safe shelter for the less fortunate. Desert Classic Charities is dedicated to continuing its mission to serve human needs in the Coachella Valley and beyond by generating funds and opportunities through the Humana Challenge.

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 and Nationwide 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 communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

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