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Challenge returning to PGC on Sunday

Play in the Umpqua Bank event to run Sunday through Tuesday at PGC
by: courtesy Peter Jacobsen SPORTS FAMOUS DUO — Peter Jacobsen (left) and Arnold Palmer will be back together in the Umpqua Bank Challenge on Sunday through Tuesday at Portland Golf Club.

PORTLAND - Big-time pro golf makes its return to the Portland metropolitan area beginning this weekend.

Peter Jacobsen SPORTS will host the Umpqua Bank Challenge Tournament at Portland Golf Club beginning Sunday and continuing through Tuesday.

The Challenge, a reincarnation of the tournament formerly known as the Fred Meyer Challenge, will kick off with the Regence Pro-am on Sunday, while the Challenge is set for Monday and Tuesday.

The Pro-Am will include local pros Jason Allred, Brian Henninger, Casey Martin and Dudley Hart, and celebrities Brian Grant, PJ Carlesimo, Terry Porter and Huey Lewis.

In the Challenge, 16 PGA TOUR professionals will pair into two-person teams and play for a $750,000 purse.

Hosted by Jacobsen, the UBC will this year include: PGA legend Arnold Palmer, John Cook, Ben Crenshaw, Jay Haas, Nick Price, Peter Jacobsen, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Mark O'Meara, Fuzzy Zoeller and Steve Elkington.

'For 17 years, I looked forward to coming to Portland and playing in The Challenge each summer,' said Palmer, 'I'm so pleased that Peter has brought back this great event and I can't wait to be there.'

Tickets and schedule info are available at umpquabankchallenge.com. The event kicks off with the Sunday Clinic at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by the Pro-Am at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The Monday Clinic starts at 9 a.m., followed by Challenge tee times at 10:25 a.m. And on Tuesday, Challenge tee times begin at 9 a.m.