PORTLAND (Maine) – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The Korn Ferry Tour announced a new partnership with Shamrock Sports & Entertainment and the groups will organize a new golf tournament, starting in 2020.
The Live + Work in Maine Open will be staged at Falmouth Country Club, from June 8-14, 2020 with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. The Korn Ferry Tour, the minor league to the PGA Tour, inked a five-year agreement with Shamrock Sports to stage the golf event through 2024.
“Portland is truly a remarkable locale for professional golf, and we are eager to bring the Live + Work in Maine Open to this community,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin, who once attended Bates College in Maine.
“We have vibrant partners with great track records of building spectacular events and awareness for Maine, and we are confident that the golf fans throughout this region will enjoy watching the future stars of the PGA TOUR.”
The tournament will be managed by Portland-based Shamrock Sports & Entertainment, a consulting, marketing and sales support firm.
“This partnership reinforces Shamrock’s commitment to strengthen the regional economy by marketing Maine as a desired destination offering priceless experiences that fuel community purposes,” said Shamrock CEO Brian Corcoran.
“Live and Work in Maine’s mission is to market Maine as a career destination, and we are pleased to be given the opportunity to be involved with a professional sports event that highlights the quality of life here in Maine,” said Ed McKersie, Chairman of the Board of Advisors at Live + Work in Maine.
Founded and built in 1988, Falmouth Country Club’s Brian Silva design has earned a reputation as one of Maine’s premier competitive venues. Resident and CBS Sports commentator Peter Kostis has been associated with Falmouth Country Club since its inception, hosting the “Pepsi Skins Challenge” alongside names like Tom Kite, Davis Love III and Mark Calcavecchia. The course has hosted the New England Amateur, Maine Amateur and Tri-State Amateur, along with several other professional and amateur events.
“From the beginning, Falmouth Country Club has always held the game and the player in the highest regard. We’re excited to host these tremendous players and to bring the Korn Ferry Tour to one of the most beautiful parts of the world—the great state of Maine,” said Falmouth C.C. Director of Golf and Maine Golf Hall of Fame member Dick Harris, who was one of the original founders of the Club in 1988
The Korn Ferry Tour was founded in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour, with a four-year stint at nearby Woodlands Country Club as the Tour held the New England Classic through 1993.
With 50 available PGA Tour cards for the following season, the Korn Ferry Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. Twenty-five PGA Tour cards are reserved for the leading points earners at the end of the 24-event Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals that follow the Regular Season in August and September.
A number of notable current PGA Tour players earned their start in pro golf on the minor circuit, including major champions Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.