NEW ORLEANS — Following the cancellation of the 2020 event and despite spectator limitations, enthusiastic golf fans and sponsors returned to the Zurich Classic in 2021, generating an all-time record of $2.3 million distributed to local and regional children’s charities, announced Steve Worthy, Foundation CEO and tournament director.
“We are blessed to have such a supportive title sponsor and partner in Zurich Insurance Group, and we are so gratified that excited fans came out to watch the world’s greatest golfers play in our team format,” said Worthy. “Through the dedication and commitment of our members and volunteers, we were proud to be able to operate a safe and effective event, and set a new record give to our charities,” Worthy added.
Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith defeated South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in a playoff for the 2021 title. It was Smith’s second team title at the Zurich Classic, which he won also in a playoff in 2017, the first year of the team format.
This week, Smith won the Sentry Tournament of Champions, setting a PGA Tour record for lowest score under par at -34.
“We were pleased to have so many new event attendees and were very happy with their positive feedback. Many fans took advantage of our new Best of the Zurich Classic pass, which combined our previous Fidelity Bank Champions Club and Acme Oyster House venues featuring the city’s best restaurants, with on-course Oases that gave pass holders multiple locations to visit throughout the course on a single ticket,” Worthy said.
Because of its popularity, the Best of the Zurich Classic pass will return in 2022, along with expanded suite options at the 17th and 18th holes. A new Walk-On’s Stadium Club venue will also be introduced.
This year, the Fore!Kids Foundation distributed major contributions to nine designated Signature Charities:
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
St. Michael Special School
Educare of New Orleans
First Tee of Greater New Orleans
First Tee of East Baton Rouge Parish
Bayou District Foundation
Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana
“We are thankful to have Fore!Kids Foundation as a partner for our Clubs in Metro Louisiana,” said Angel Nelson, Interim CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana. “Together, through this partnership, we will continue to focus on our vision of serving more youth while creating an Optimal Club Experience where all Club members reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
In addition, the Fore!Kids Foundation distributed grants to a number of community organizations that applied through the Foundation’s application process. They included:
50 Legs in 50 Days
826 New Orleans
A’s and Aces
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans
Boys Town Louisiana
Brave Heart – Children in Need
Breakthrough New Orleans
Caps for Kids
CASA New Orleans
Catholic Charities – Cornerstone Kids
Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House
Children’s Bureau of New Orleans
Children’s Museum of St. Tammany
Communities in Schools Gulf South
Covenant House New Orleans
Excite All Stars
FIRST Louisiana Mississippi
Foundation for Woman’s
Friends Helping Kids
Golden Meadow Lions Club
Good Shepard School
Jewish Children’s Regional Service
Live Oak Camp
Louisiana Pulmonary Disease Camp – Camp Pelican
Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation
Make Music Nola
McMain’s Children’s Development Center
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southeast Louisiana
New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center
Plaquemines Community Care Centers Foundation
Raintree Children and Family Services
Son of a Saint
Special Olympics Louisiana
St. Lillian Academy
St. Mary’s Residential Training School
St. Therese Academy
The Bright School for the Deaf
The Chartwell Center
The Emerge School Center
The Roots of Music
Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans
YMCA of Greater New Orleans
Youth Empowerment Project
Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany
The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament on the PGA TOUR season. Since launching the team format in 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has drawn some of the highest-ranking fields for any regular-season tournament on the PGA TOUR.
About Fore!Kids Foundation
Since 1958, the Fore!Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children’s service organizations through golf events like the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, The Holiday Auction Fore!Kids and several charitable golf tournaments. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, Fore!Kids has distributed more than $42 million since inception, providing healthcare, education and hope for over 200,000 children each year. More information at www.forekidsfoundation.com.
In 2021, after cancellation of the 2020 tournament, the Fore!Kids Foundation generated an all-time record $2.3 million in charitable giving for children’s charities in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas.
About the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Televised in more than 224 countries and territories, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans generates a significant economic impact on the city of New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana. Independent research has shown that the tournament generates spending of more than $40 million within the local economy and garners $33 million in positive national and international media exposure for both the city and state throughout the year beyond the four days of competition.
The tournament will be played April 18-24, 2022 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Purse for 2022 totals $8.3 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,199,350. Day-specific grounds tickets are only $40. In addition, the Best of the Zurich Class Pass offers a variety of dishes from some of New Orleans most famous restaurants at three locations across the TPC course starting at $175 per day. Additional ticket options are available by calling the Tournament Office at 504-342-3000 or online at www.zurichgolfclassic.com.