Longtime PGA Tour executive Sandy Diamond appointed new Chubb Classic executive director
NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 21, 2021 – Tournament officials announced today a multi-year extension that will return the Chubb Classic presented by SERVPRO to Tiburon Golf Club’s Black Course in Naples, Fla. and its traditional February dates starting in 2022, taking place Feb. 14- 20. The longest-standing PGA TOUR Champions event to be contested in the same metropolitan area, the Chubb Classic in 2022 will celebrate its 35th anniversary as Naples’ flagship PGA TOUR Champions event.
Outlyr (formerly Eiger Marketing Group), owner and operator of the Chubb Classic presented by SERVPRO, also announced today the appointment of longtime PGA TOUR executive Sandy Diamond as vice president and executive director of the Chubb Classic. Diamond, a longtime PGA TOUR sales, marketing and sponsorships executive who most recently was chief development officer for The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, will oversee all tournament management of the Chubb Classic, working in conjunction with PGA TOUR Champions. Diamond and his family have relocated from the New York/New Jersey area to Naples.
“The Chubb Classic is one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule and is a mainstay in the Naples and Southwest Florida,” said Andy Bush, partner at Outlyr. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue our partnership with Tiburon Golf Club for 2022 and beyond in hosting this great championship.
“Outlyr is all about bringing on best-in-class employees to manage our portfolio of tournaments, and Sandy Diamond fits the bill perfectly,” continued Bush. “I’ve worked alongside Sandy for a number of years, and to have him join the team as we look to celebrate the Chubb Classic’s 35- year anniversary is the ideal time and opportunity.”
“I’ve been fortunate to have a long-lasting career in the golf industry that has allowed me to channel my passions in both sports and business,” said Diamond. “To have this opportunity to join Outlyr and to manage the Chubb Classic and its upcoming 35th anniversary is a perfect next step in my career. I look forward to working with my friends at the PGA TOUR and getting fully engrained in the Naples community as we ramp up for the 2022 edition of this great championship.”
“On behalf of our members and staff we are excited to return as tournament host for the Chubb Classic in 2022,” said Kevin DeDonato, General Manager at Tiburón Golf Club. “The support we receive from ownership, Troon, and all of our great partners will provide the resources to make this another successful event. We look forward to working with the Outlyr team along with all of the organizations affiliated with this long-standing event.”
Tiburon Golf Club, the only facility to host a PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and LPGA Tour event in the same calendar year, features two 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf courses, The Gold and The Black. The Black Course, which opened in 2001, has a very distinctive look with its pine straw-lined fairways, crushed coquina waste areas and undulating greens nestled amidst acres of pine trees and native Florida foliage. The Black Course is designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International to protect and enhance its natural surroundings.
The 2021 Chubb Classic was contested in April at The Black Course at Tiburon Golf Club, where Steve Stricker captured his sixth PGA TOUR Champions victory by one stroke over Robert Karlsson and Alex Cejka. Stricker will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup Team this week at Whistling Straits, taking place Sept. 24-26.
Tickets and volunteer registration will be announced at a later date. For more information on the Chubb Classic, visit www.ChubbClassic.com, and on social media @ChubbClassic on Twitter and @ChubbClassic on Instagram.
About Tiburon Golf Club
Located in Naples, Florida, Tiburón Golf Club, managed by Troon Golf features two 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed golf courses, The Gold and The Black. Tiburón is home to the LPGA Tour's CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR's QBE Shootout and is consistently rated among the top 20 golf facilities in Florida by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Tiburón's Gold Course opened in 1998 and the Black Course opened in 2001. Both courses play to a par of 72 and feature five sets of tees. The Gold Course can play as long as 7,382 yards, while The Black Course can play up to 6,949 yards from the championship tees. The 295-room Ritz- Carlton Golf Resort, Naples sits adjacent to the two award-winning courses, while the 450-room Ritz-Carlton beach hotel is just a few miles away. The semi-private club has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. Tiburón's 27,000-square foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse features three dining rooms, private member locker rooms and lounge areas, as well as an award-winning golf shop.
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About The Chubb Classic
The Chubb Classic has been held in Naples, FL, since 1988 and features stars from the PGA TOUR Champions competing over 54 holes for a share of $1.6 million in prize money. Past champions include legends of the game such as Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer. The event is owned and operated by Outlyr (formerly Eiger Marketing Group), a global marketing and event management agency that operates 11 professional golf tournaments across the country. Outlyr also operates a number of other sporting and lifestyle events and manages the sponsorship portfolio for several blue-chip clients. Visit www.ChubbClassic.com for more information.
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.com, at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.
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Naples Marco Island and the Gulf Coast Everglades has a year-round laid-back atmosphere. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, endless dining delights, great golf, and the best of outdoor adventure, Florida’s Paradise Coast is truly a destination to discover. To start planning your visit, check out things to do and where to stay at ParadiseCoast.com, or call 800-688-3600.
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