Huntsville Classic, Korn Ferry Tour Join for Huntsville Championship

The Huntsville Classic golf tournament and fundraiser, a community-wide staple since 1989, is joining forces with the Korn Ferry Tour to provide a week-long event in the city.

The Huntsville Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit fundraiser, announced a partnership with the Huntsville Championship. The tournament is in its first year.

Golf fans will have the chance to play with Korn Ferry Tour players in the Pro-Am, or watch tournament play through a variety of ticket options. The Huntsville Championship will take place April 20-26 at The Ledges. The Huntsville Classic dinner and concert will be May 7 at the Von Braun Center.

Proceeds will benefit the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville and the new Huntsville Hospital Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation.

“As our region grows, collaboration and cooperation are more important now than ever before,” Chris Hanback, chairman of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, said in a press release. “These exciting changes to our 30-year-old signature event will provide new opportunities for the Foundation’s growth and impact. And, of course, the mission of the Classic remains the same — to raise essential funds needed to support our local, not-for-profit hospital. Without this event, key lifesaving equipment would not be possible.”

Penn Garvich serves as tournament chairman of the Huntsville Championship, which is one of 28 sites nationally and internationally on the Korn Ferry Tour.

“The Huntsville Championship is honored to partner with Huntsville Hospital Foundation,’’ he said. “From the beginning, our focus has been about providing a premier Korn Ferry Tour golf event while also giving back to the community.’’

The Korn Ferry Tour replaced the Nationwide Tour, the final level before players reached the PGA. The Korn Ferry Tour has 28 events scheduled for 2020 in 20 states and four countries. The former PGA Q-School is also now part of this tour.

Majors champions Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson all played the Korn Ferry Tour.

According to its press release, Huntsville Hospital Foundation inspires philanthropic partners to invest in medical technology and programs that advance Huntsville Hospital’s mission to improve the health patients in its region of 1.1 million residents. Through the generosity of its donors over its 41-year history, it has grown to almost $38.5 million in assets and has distributed more than $54 million toward Huntsville Hospital’s service to its patients.

The Alabama-based sports marketing and event management firm Knight Eady operates the Huntsville Championship.