Gwinnett's new pro golf tourney targets local charities

The Greater Gwinnett Championship Presented by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating, an Official Event on the PGA Tour's Champions Tour, announced the charities and non-profit organizations Monday that will benefit from the 2013 golf tournament through the Gwinnett Championship Foundation.

With an overall focus of first-year giving on healthcare and education, the local charities and non-profit organizations include Gwinnett Children's Shelter, Gwinnett Technical College, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.

"The Greater Gwinnett Championship is about more than the golf competition that this Champions Tour event will bring; it's also a great opportunity to give back to our local community in a significant way," said Stan L. Hall, executive director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission and the Greater Gwinnett Championship. "With an emphasis on our children, especially as it applies to their overall health and educational concerns, this event will provide much needed dollars to these fantastic charitable partners to foster their core mission."

The Greater Gwinnett Championship will attract some of the most recognizable names in golf to the Atlanta area, including World Golf Hall of Fame members including Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Larry Nelson, all of whom have won PGA Tour events in Atlanta. Other current Champions Tour members who have won PGA TOUR events in Atlanta include Mark Calcavecchia, Corey Pavin, Wayne Levi, Scott Simpson, Bob Tway, Keith Fergus, Andy Bean, Jerry Pate and Hal Sutton, who is the only current Champions Tour player to have won the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

All three rounds of the Greater Gwinnett Championship will be televised nationally by Golf Channel, the Champions Tour's exclusive cable-television partner, which reaches 83 million homes. The telecast will also be distributed internationally through various partners to 174 countries and territories reaching more than 95 million households.