Golf News for Friday, January 11, 2013 | Events

Celebrity field at Humana Challenge filled with big star power

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Keeping with its rich tradition of bringing its fans a wide variety of stars from screen, studio and stadium, the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation once again features a star-studded list of celebrities teeing off in the amateur field of the PGA TOUR event Jan. 14-20.

Headlining that list is talk-show host and former Coachella Valley radio personality Carson Daly (The Voice, Late Night With Carson Daly), actor Craig T. Nelson (Coach, Parenthood), comedian Ron White and multi-platinum award singer Michael Bolton.

The 2013 Humana Challenge is a four-round, 72-hole golf tournament to be played at PGA WEST's Palmer and Nicklaus Private Courses and La Quinta Country Club. The event features an expanded field of 156 PGA TOUR professionals and 156 amateurs, including celebrities, in three rounds of play in a pro-am format - with the pro-am teams consisting of one professional and one amateur playing in groups of four - and professionals only in Sunday's final round.

Joining Daly, Nelson, White and Bolton are musicians Alice Cooper and Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), along with actors Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs, The OC, Mr. Deeds), Anthony Anderson (Law and Order) and Michael Pena (Million Dollar Baby, Crash).

Celebrity athletes have always been an integral part of the event's history. This year's group include newcomers Ozzie Smith, a member of the Baseball Hall-of-Fame, and NFL players Ronde Barber and Jay Feely, and returners Eric Dickerson and Ahmad Rashad.

As they were in 2012, the celebrities will once again be split among, and rotate on, the three tournament courses.

"We are proud to once again feature a wide and rich variety of celebrities for our pro-am field," Humana Challenge Executive Director and CEO Bob Marra said. "This is something we know our fans take to their hearts and something they really take pride in and we are thrilled that Carson, Ron, Michael and their fellow celebrities are back to put on another show for our fans."

The Humana Challenge, 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, and received the PGA TOUR's "Best On-Site Staging" award in 2012 at December's PGA TOUR Tournament Meetings.

The Humana Challenge has received playing commitments from defending Humana Challenge champion Mark Wilson, reigning FedExCup champion and World No. 10 Brandt Snedeker and four-time major championship winner Phil Mickelson, the event champion in 2002 and 2004. Also entered are past champions Bill Haas, Jhonattan Vegas, Pat Perez, D.J. Trahan, Chad Campbell and Justin Leonard.

Humana Challenge tickets (beginning at $30 with advance purchase by Jan. 13), event information, and registration for the Jan. 14 Couples Challenge Pro-Am and Jan. 16 Bob Hope Legacy Pro-Am are available at www.HumanaChallenge.com. Fans can connect to the tournament's sites on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HumanaChallenge) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HumanaChallenge/@HumanaChallenge).

During the past 53 years, the tournament has generated more than $52 million in donations to charities in the Coachella Valley, primarily the Eisenhower Medical Center. The 2012 Humana Challenge announced record donations of nearly $2.1 million to local organizations.

About Humana Inc.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's web site 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 improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Since 2001, President Clinton's vision and leadership have resulted in nearly 5 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 15,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 33,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 248 million tons of CO2 being reduced in cities around the world. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative, whose members have made more than 2,300 commitments that are improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit clintonfoundation.org, read our blog at clintonfoundation.org/upclose, and follow us on Twitter @ClintonTweet and Facebook at Facebook.com/BillClinton.

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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