Benchmark International is pleased to have taken part in this PGA Tour golfing event located in Palm Harbor, Florida. This year brought the largest non-masters television audience since 2015. There were more than 30,000 attendees to this year’s event as well. No doubt, Tiger Woods’ participation played a role in the traffic that passed through for this four-day event. His long-anticipated return certainly upped the ante at this year’s event.The “Snake Pit” is the name given to the final three holes at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course. Hole 16 has been dubbed one the most challenging holes on the PGA Tour. Benchmark International hosted the main event tent, which was located in this area near the green off of hole 17.The Valspar Championship is an event fostered in its image of giving back through various charities. Copperhead Charities heads the event, and has raised a total of nearly $39 million for local charities over the last 40 years. In 2017, more than $2.4 million were raised thanks to the Valspar Championship event.Benchmark International’s Managing Director, Dara Shareef, stated, “It was a pleasure to experience what was, by any objective measure, the most ambitious and successful Valspar Championship on record. The crowds, the atmosphere, and the vibe were electric.To play a part in pulling off such an ambitious undertaking is gratifying, and I look forward to next year.”About Benchmark InternationalBenchmark International’s global offices provide business owners in the middle market and lower middle market with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. To date, Benchmark International has handled engagements in excess of $5B across 30 industries worldwide. With decades of global M&A experience, Benchmark International’s deal teams, working from 13 offices across the world, have assisted hundreds of owners with achieving their personal objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses.
PALM HARBOR, FL – Golf fans will have a chance to see some of their favorite professional golfers in action when the 2018 Valspar Championship returns to Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor March 5-11.
Two of the biggest names in professional golf, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, are among the players who have committed to participate in the championship, part of what pro golfers refer to as the "Florida swing." The Valspar Championship is one of a series of events played in the Sunshine State leading up to the PGA’s Masters Tournament April 5-8 in August, Georgia.
"This is tremendous news," said tournament director Tracy West of the commitment from Woods and Spieth. "Obviously, we have never had a field as strong as we now have."
West said the tournament organizers are preparing for a huge crowd of spectators during next week’s championship.
"We expect tremendous demand for tickets and parking, and have put plans in place to deal with it," West said. "Still, we ask for understanding from our patrons in the days ahead and anticipate we will have to declare sellouts on some of the days of the tournament."
The tournament is unable to sell tickets through the Tournament Office. They are only at Publix stores and the Valspar Championship website while supplies last. ValsparChampionship.com
The championship will be played on Innisbrook’s signature Copperhead Course. Known for its "Snake Pit," (holes 16, 17 and 18), the Copperhead was designed by famed course architect Larry Packard and completely restored in 2015.
The Par 71, 7,200-yard course is known for its rolling terrain, pine tree-lined fairways and resident fox squirrels, blue heron and gators.
It’s a course that Woods has played before.
Although he is playing the Valspar Championship for the first time, Woods, the winner of 14 Major Championships, competed on the Copperhead in the 1996 JCPenney Classic, finishing 2nd with partner Kelli Kuehne.
Spieth won the 2015 Valspar Championship along with 11 other PGA Tour events including three Major Championships. The 24-year-old Texan currently ranks fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Innisbrook is located at 36750 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor. For information, call (727) 942-5566.
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