Thursday, May 23, 2024

Rise of the Allianz

When Allianz moved its PGA Tour Champions event from Iowa to Boca a decade ago, the tournament had roughly six months to prepare for its inaugural turn at the Old Course at Broken Sound. The challenge proved par for the course for an event trying to make community inroads during the worst financial crisis in recent U.S. history.

Ten years later, thanks to the perseverance and leadership of tournament director Ryan Dillon and his talented team, the Allianz has much to celebrate during this anniversary year in Boca. The 2015 tournament generated more than $600,000 in local nonprofit donations, including $402,000 to host charity Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a 40-percent increase from the previous year—just one of the reasons why the Allianz earned “Most Improved Event” honors from the Champions tour.

“Those first years were tight, but we have grown into a strong community and corporate supported tournament,” says Dillon of a tournament week that, according to estimates, will create an economic impact of some $20 million on the region.

“It’s a testament to Allianz and all involved in the championship that the event has grown significantly over this past decade into one of the most stable and attractive tournaments on the tour,” says PGA Tour Champions president Greg McLaughlin.

This year’s Allianz kicks off Monday, Feb. 1 with a Broken Sound member pro-am and women’s day event hosted by LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. The players will enjoy a practice round on Tuesday, followed by pro-am events on Feb. 3 and 4. Tournament play begins Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.—with the final round scheduled to start earlier to accommodate Super Bowl Sunday plans.

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Boca Raton is a proud sponsor of the highly anticipated foodie component at this year’s Allianz—Savor the Green (Feb. 3, starting at 6 p.m.). Guests can reserve a seat at a table overlooking the 18th fairway and enjoy an outdoor gourmet feast prepared by Vic & Angelo’s, Max’s Grille, Ruth’s Chris, Truluck’s or Broken Sound Country Club. Click here to see the menus provided by each restaurant. Call the restaurant of your choice to book your reservation.

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