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In 2003, the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn established the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation to guide all aspects of the tournament - including the donation of all net proceeds from the tournament to charities throughout the Catawba Valley region. To date, the tournament has raised more than $1,200,000 for area organizations and in 2013 alone more than $40,000 was raised for charity through the TAP Charity Challenge. Also, Birdies For Zahra’s Playground was founded in 2011 which gave tournament patrons the opportunity to donate to the local Hickory Kiwanis Club’s Zahra’s Playground fund and $10,000 was raised during the 2011 tournament for this great cause.Beneficiaries To Date:
American Legion Fair The ALS Association - Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter Brett’s Ride for Rhabdo Birdies For Zahra’s Playground Caldwell County United Way Camp Challenge Catawba County United Way Catawba Valley Education Foundation Catawba Valley Junior Golf Champions for Education Children’s Advocacy Center Dale Jarrett Foundation - including Victory Junction Gang Camp, Burke County United Way, Alexander County United Way and Iredell County United Way Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry Fellowship of Christian Athletes Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry Happy Valley Elementary School Lyle Creek Elementary School Hickory American Legion Baseball & Fair Hickory Jaycees Hickory Metro Sports Commission Humane Society of Catawba County Hickory Elks Lodge #1654 Hickory Soup Kitchen Leukemia Research Fund - Guy Hollar Memorial National School Program - First Tee Patrick Beaver LRC Piedmont Council Boy Scouts of America Safe Harbor Rescue Mission Salesmanship Club of Dallas Special Olympics - Catawba County Taylorsville Learning Center The Corner Table YMCA of Catawba Valley - C.O. Miller Teen Center Young Life - Eastern Catawba County
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Dates: October 13 - October 19, 2014 Sanctioning Body: PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour Field: 81 players Past Champions: Craig Stadler (2003); Doug Tewell (2004); Jay Haas (2005 & 2009); Andy Bean (2006); R.W. Eaks (2007 & 2008); Gary Hallberg (2010); Mark Wiebe (2011); Fred Funk (2012); Michael Allen (2013) Location: Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover, North Carolina Course: The Champions Course -18 holes, par 71, 6,846 yards, # 1 -9 (#10-18 Jackson Course) designed by Tom Jackson & #10 - 18 (#1-6,16-18 Jones Course) designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Format: 54 holes, stroke play with no cut Purse: $1.6 million ($240,000 to the winner) Charities: All net proceeds are donated to area charities Television: GOLF CHANNEL Honorary Chairman: Hickory resident Ned Jarrett, NASCAR Legend
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