4-year deal brings unique charity aspect to Barracuda Championship
The PGA TOUR, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation and Barracuda Networks, Inc.(NYSE: CUDA), a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announced today a four-year agreement making Barracuda the title sponsor of the TOUR’s Reno-Tahoe tournament.
The newly named Barracuda Championship is scheduled for July 31-August 3, 2014, at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev.
“We are delighted to welcome Barracuda to the PGA TOUR as the new title sponsor of our tournament in Reno-Tahoe,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “The Barracuda Championship is a uniquely entertaining tournament that has been embraced by the fans and players with the use of the Modified Stableford scoring system. We look forward to working with Barracuda to take the tournament and its impact on the Reno-Tahoe community to even higher levels.”
The Barracuda Championship is the PGA TOUR’s only tournament to use the Modified Stableford scoring system. It encourages aggressive play by awarding positive points for birdie or better (8 for double eagle, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie) and subtracting points for bogey (minus-1) or worse (minus-3). Last year’s champion, Gary Woodland, tallied 44 points over four rounds to win by nine over Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero.
“Barracuda is very excited about becoming the title sponsor for the Reno-Tahoe event,” said BJ Jenkins, President and CEO of Barracuda. “As the PGA TOUR’s only tournament to use the Modified Stableford scoring, the Barracuda Championship is a great example of leadership and gives us the opportunity to expand our brand footprint, support innovation, and provide a unique experience for Barracuda customers and partners.”
Philanthropy is a key focus for Barracuda and as such, the Barracuda Championship will incorporate a unique charity element on the reachable, downhill par-5 18th hole beginning in 2015. The Barracuda Bonus will be a competition within the competition, with players accumulating points on No. 18 throughout the week. The player with the most points on the closing hole will receive a bonus to donate to the charity of his choice. Moreover, an additional charity bonus will be awarded to any player who makes double-eagle 2 on the hole. There has been one double-eagle made on the hole since the tournament’s inception in 1999, by Shiv Kapur from India in 2010 (it was playing as the 9th hole at the time).
“We’re thrilled to announce this new partnership with Barracuda,” said John P. Sande III, Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation Chairman. “We look forward to continuing to showcase the Reno/Tahoe area through the reach of Barracuda and the PGA TOUR. Barracuda’s investment in northern Nevada will not only allow our Foundation to generate needed funds for charity, but is also another example of how companies outside our region are discovering that the Reno/Tahoe area is a great place to live, work and play.”
About Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA)
Barracuda provides cloud-connected security and storage solutions that simplify IT. These powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 organizations worldwide and are delivered in appliance, virtual appliance, cloud and hybrid deployments. Barracuda’s customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end network and data security. For additional information, please visit http://www.barracuda.com.
About the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation
The 16th annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 28-August 3, 2014 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 45 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Barracuda Championship is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including the Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
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 the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $134 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.