Umpqua Bank Challenge
What: 36-hole golf tournament, plus pro-am and clinics, hosted by Portland native Peter Jacobsen
Why: The event is similar to the Fred Meyer Challenge, a popular golf event also featuring Jacobsen that ran for 17 years until it ended after 2002. In its first year, the Umpqua Bank Challenge will offer a purse of $535,000.
When, where: Sunday through Tuesday at Portland Golf Club
Participants: Champions Tour pro Jacobsen will team with the legendary Arnold Palmer for the 18th time in Portland. Five other duos will compete in the best-ball format. As of Wednesday morning, entries were Fuzzy Zoeller, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Lehman, Bernard Langer, Nick Price, Mark O'Meara, Jay Haas, John Cook and Steve Elkington, along with Palmer and Jacobsen. The 12th spot will go to either Ben Crane or another pro. Cook and O'Meara teamed up to win the Fred Meyer Challenge in both 1994 and 2000. Crenshaw won the event with Paul Azinger in 1991.
Arnie's Army: Palmer made it to every Fred Meyer Challenge, helping the event raise nearly $13 million for charity.
'For him to come now for the 18th straight time … it's a world record for me,' says Jacobsen. 'When I first invited Arnold in 1986, I was hoping he would come play. I think he saw what a unique event it was and continues to be. He knew that when the PGA Tour started, it started in smaller communities around the country trying to take care of that community through raising money for charities in that town. Arnold has always gone to the smaller PGA Tour and Champions Tour events to support them.
'There's probably never been a golfer who's done more for the game and certainly for sports celebrities than Arnold Palmer. Maybe Jack Nicklaus might be considered the greatest player, but when you combine everything, there's no question that Arnold Palmer is the greatest player who has ever played the game.'
Golf schedule: Round one begins at 10:35 a.m. Monday; round two starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The shotgun Regence pro-am on Sunday tees off at 11:30 a.m.
Clinic schedule: 10 a.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. Monday (both at the 18th green)
Tickets: $20 daily, $50 for three-day pass. Ages 16 and under free with paid adult.
Other fan information: Go to www.petersparty.com for the latest and most complete details. … Public parking is at the old Westgate Cinemas lot off Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard. Cost is $5, and shuttles to Portland Golf Club will start at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at 7:45 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Beneficiaries: Tournament proceeds will benefit The Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and the I Have a Dream Foundation -Oregon.
Entertainment: After the tournament, music begins at about 2 p.m., featuring Design Band.