Ascension Charity Classic said it will provide a “significant investment” and will also help “make golf more diverse and inclusive.”
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. Two golf initiatives in north St. Louis County are pairing up.
The Ascension Charity Classic, an annual PGA Tour Champions event played at the Norwood Hills Country Club, said Thursday it has formed a long-term partnership with the revitalization effort at the Normandie Golf Club in Bel-Nor. Through its partnership with Normandie, the Ascension Charity Classic said it will provide a “significant investment” to renovate the historic public golf course and also team up on investments to “make golf more diverse and inclusive.”
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Norwood Hills, where the Ascension Charity Classic is held, is located less than 4 miles from Normandy. The senior golf tournament, which was first played in 2021, donates its proceeds to local Charities and raised more than $ 800,000 for Nonprofits in 2021. Tournament Organizer Nick Ragone received the Ascension Charity Classic is providing financial support to the Normandie project through its charitable proceeds. They declined to disclose the amount of support being pledged.
In addition to offering financial support, the Ascension Charity Classic says it could host some of its own events in the coming years at Normandy. That could include a Qualifying round for the Ascension Charity Classic and the newly launched APGA Tour St. Louis – Ascension Classic presented by Daugherty Business Solutions; pro-am events; and possibly the APGA Tour event (which is held this year at Glen Echo Country Club).
“It made perfect sense for the Ascension Charity Classic to get involved in this effort to Restore and revitalize Normandie Golf Course given our long-term commitment to North St. Louis County through our PGA TOUR Champions and APGA Tour events, as well as our commitment to make golf more diverse and inclusive, ”said Ragone, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Ascension, a St. Louis-based Catholic nonprofit health system. “We believe that a Redesigned and revitalized Normandie Golf Course can play a major role in both the Ascension Charity Classic and the APGA Tour’s Ascension Classic once the design work has been completed.”
Normandie opened in 1901 and is considered to be one of the oldest public golf courses in the west of the Mississippi River. Construction on Normandie’s renovation is anticipated to begin in fall 2022.
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