— TPC Cartagena at Karibana to host Karibana Championship —
The PGA TOUR, Karibana Golf Club and Sport Link officials announced Tuesday that the newly named TPC Cartagena at Karibana in Colombia, which is anchored by a Nicklaus Design course, will play host to a new Web.com Tour event, beginning in 2015.
The Karibana Championship will feature a 144-player field and a purse of $700,000 USD. It will be part of the Tour’s early-season launch in Latin America in 2015. A four-year agreement, through 2018, is in effect.
The championship golf course created by Nicklaus Design opened for play in December 2012 and provides a spectacular Caribbean setting on Colombia’s northwest coast. The development of the property is being led by the Mildenberg family of Bogotá, Colombia.
This year, three Web.com Tour events are hosted at Nicklaus Design courses, including the Midwest Classic at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kansas; the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club–Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The three Web.com Tour events are part of a company record 25 TOUR-sanctioned events hosted on Nicklaus Design layouts in 2014.
The announcement strengthens the PGA TOUR’s presence in the region, which includes five 2014 Web.com Tour events in Latin America and the launch of NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2012.
“The Web.com Tour is extremely excited to bring another event to Colombia and to host it at TPC Cartagena at Karibana,” said Bill Calfee, president of the Web.com Tour. “We’ve had great success in our first five years in Bogotá through the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro and believe the Karibana Championship in Cartagena will be another terrific event for our players and golf fans in Colombia.”
The Karibana Championship joins the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro, which debuted on the Web.com Tour schedule in 2010, in spotlighting Colombia on the international golf stage.
“Karibana is very proud and excited to be South America’s first TPC property and to host a new Web.com Tour event, the Karibana Championship,” said Joseph Mildenberg, Director of Sales and Marketing of TPC Cartagena at Karibana. “We look forward to welcoming the great players of the Web.com Tour and golfers from around the world to our world-class facility and Nicklaus Design golf course.”
“Cartagena is a magnificent destination and this is a wonderful opportunity to reach the global golf audience with our many offerings,” said Dionisio Vélez, the mayor of Cartagena. “It’s an honor for Cartagena to host an Official Event of the PGA TOUR and the government is committed to making the event a total success.”
With the addition of the Karibana Championship, the Web.com Tour has events in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Panama.