The PGA TOUR and Medina, Ohio-based RPM International, Inc. today announced a new Web.com Tour event will be played in Cleveland, beginning in 2016, with The LeBron James Family Foundation named the tournament’s beneficiary.
The DAP Championship has been named one of the four Web.com Tour Finals’ events that determine which 50 players earn PGA TOUR cards for the following season. Canterbury Golf Club, with its history of hosting golf championships, will be the Web.com Tour’s new home in Cleveland.
A three-year agreement for 2016-18 is in place. Dates for the 2016 DAP Championship will be Sept. 5-11. It will be the first in the Web.com Tour Finals’ lineup.
Similar to the other three Web.com Tour Finals’ events, the DAP Championship purse will be $1 million, with $180,000 earmarked for the champion.
Golf Channel will televise all four competitive rounds in the United States (Sept. 8-11), with the event having the potential to reach an additional 93 million homes via the PGA TOUR’s international broadcasting operation.
As a Web.com Tour Finals’ event, the 2016 DAP Championship field will include approximately 130 players, comprised of the 75 leading Web.com Tour money winners at the conclusion of the Regular Season and those players who finish Nos. 126-200 in the FedExCup and are not otherwise exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2016-17. Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, plus other PGA TOUR winners Jonathan Byrd, Stuart Appleby, Tommy Gainey, Robert Garrigus and Kyle Stanley, were among those who competed in the 2015 Web.com Tour Finals. A trio of October Web.com Tour graduates who have already won on the PGA TOUR this season – Emiliano Grillo, Smylie Kaufman and Peter Malnati – also competed in the Finals.
“The addition of the DAP Championship to the Web.com Tour schedule and the Web.com Tour Finals, in particular, is terrific news,” said Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee. “DAP, along with storied Canterbury Golf Club and The LeBron James Family Foundation, provides the nucleus for great things ahead for all of us in Cleveland. We welcome these new partners and look forward to raising the tournament’s impact on the area significantly.”
DAP Products Inc., a subsidiary of RPM International, Inc., is headquartered in Baltimore, MD and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing and other general patch and repair products. DAP has a history of first-to-market innovations with trusted quality, reliable and long-lasting products for professional contractors, remodelers and do-it-yourselfers.
"Partnering with the Web.com Tour for the DAP Championship in September is a great opportunity for DAP,” said DAP President Terry Horan, “Not only will we be participating in an event which is part of a global organization that represents world class performance, integrity and service to the community, we will be supporting The LeBron James Family Foundation.”
As part of its long-standing commitment to giving back to the local community, the DAP Championship has named the Akron, Ohio-based LeBron James Family Foundation the recipient of the tournament’s proceeds. Through this partnership, the event will assist the Foundation in its mission to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives.
“As an organization with a deep commitment to our local community, we are thrilled to be a part of this world-class event as it makes its debut in Northeast Ohio,” said Michele Campbell, Executive Director of The LeBron James Family Foundation. “A big part of what we do is involving our community and our students in experiences that enrich their lives, and this is another great opportunity to do just that. We look forward to working with the PGA TOUR and DAP to make this an amazing event that will benefit our students as they work hard to earn their educations.”
With the DAP Championship being played as a new Web.com Tour Finals’ event in Cleveland, the Web.com Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship, which was held in 2014 and 2015 in the Cleveland suburb of Westlake, will have a new home at Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein, IL. Ivanhoe Club is located in the northwest suburb of Chicago and is very near to Rust-Oleum’s headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL. The Rust-Oleum Championship will be contested June 6-12, 2016. DAP and Rust-Oleum are both members of the multinational RPM family of brands.
"RPM is excited to bring championship golf back to Northeast Ohio," said Ron Rice, President and Chief Operating Officer of RPM International Inc. "We are a global leader in our industry, but we are also a Cleveland-based company with strong ties to our community. By partnering with The LeBron James Family Foundation and a club with the rich history of Canterbury, our goal is to give back to all who love this game by delivering an exciting Web.com Tour Finals event that leaves a positive footprint both locally and abroad. I'm most excited about the impact the event will have on our community and the children who are so important to our future, as well as the opportunity to partner with such a passionate group of people at The LeBron James Family Foundation, whose mission aligns so perfectly with ours."
Designed by Englishman Herbert Strong, founded in 1921 and opened for play in 1922, Canterbury’s long history of hosting important golf championships began with the Western Open in 1932, won by Walter Hagen. The club has gone on to stage two U.S. Opens, two U.S. Amateurs, a PGA Championship (won by Jack Nicklaus in 1973), four Senior Players Championships (two of which were won by Arnold Palmer), a U.S. Senior Open and a Senior PGA Championship (won by former Web.com Tour member Michael Allen in 2009).
Canterbury is one of only two clubs to have hosted all five major golf championships that rotate throughout the U.S. It has perennially been ranked among the top-100 golf courses in the United States. Among its club professionals over the years was 1938 Masters champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Henry Picard.
“The membership of Canterbury Golf Club is excited and honored to host the upcoming DAP Championship on the Web.com Tour. Canterbury has been fortunate to have crowned 13 major champions over our history, including hosting all five of the rotating Major Championships,” said Jim Morrissey, General Chairman of the DAP Championship. “We look forward to re-introducing our historic golf course to the next generation of golfers and witnessing the incredibly talented future stars of the PGA TOUR. We wish to thank DAP and the Web.com Tour for selecting Canterbury to host this prestigious event.”
The tournament will be run by Cleveland-based Milestone Sports Management, with Principal Jon Wagner serving as Executive Director of the event, and Kevin Krisle serving in the role of Tournament Director.
Milestone Sports Management (MSM) is a golf-centric agency which has focused on players and brands via the many platforms that the game provides. By spearheading the movement to bring the Web.com Tour Finals to Cleveland, the company has put a strong focus on its consulting and business development practices in an effort to connect both the community and the charitable efforts of The LeBron James Family Foundation, while bringing PGA TOUR golf back to Northeast Ohio.
“We are thrilled to partner with RPM, a revered Cleveland corporation, as well as Canterbury Golf Club, one of the most celebrated venues in golf, to create a significant impact in our community while joining forces with such a well-respected and benevolent organization as The LeBron James Family Foundation,” said Wagner.
The Web.com Tour is The Path to the PGA TOUR. Each year, 50 PGA TOUR cards for the following season are available via the Web.com Tour – 25 during the Regular Season (January through August) and 25 at the Web.com Tour Finals (September-October).
For more information on the DAP Championship or the Web.com Tour, please visit www.PGATOUR.com.