Kirk Herbstreit, Gary Woodland to headline Phoenix Open luncheon

The Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place each year at TPC Scottsdale. (File Photo)

“ESPN College GameDay” analyst Kirk Herbstreit and 2018 WM Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland will be the headline guests for the Waste Management Phoenix Open Tee-Off Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, 5530 N. Marriott Drive in Phoenix.

Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall will serve as emcee for this annual event, which the Thunderbirds host.

“The Tee Off Luncheon is an extremely popular event in which we get to tell the community all of the new and exciting things we have planned for the upcoming tournament,” Chance Cozby, WM Phoenix Open tournament chairman, said in a prepared statement.

“This year, we’ll get an inside look into college football and hear some of the incredible stories surrounding this exciting sport, while also getting the opportunity to hear our defending champion talk about his great 2018 season and defending his title in 2019.”

Mr. Herbstreit was the quarterback and captain of the 1992 Ohio State Buckeyes before beginning his college football analyst career in the late 90s.

He is known for his role on “ESPN’s College GameDay,” where he and fellow analysts Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso provide insight and examination of the top college football games of the week before kickoff each Saturday during the season.

Mr. Herbstreit also serves as the color analyst for ESPN and ABC’s “Saturday Night Football,” is co-host of the Heisman Trophy Presentation and is a frequent contributor to and ESPN The Magazine.

Mr. Woodland bested Chez Reavie on the first playoff hole to win the 2018 WM Phoenix Open, earning his third career PGA Tour victory, a release states.

He ranks 39th in the Official World Golf Ranking and is coming off a 2018 season where he had three Top-10 finishes and nine Top-20’s to finish 26th in the FedEx Cup rankings. He finished tied for 11th at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Tickets are $200 per person or $2,000 for a table of 10 and can be purchased on the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce website. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program will run from approximately from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community will be at TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Monday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.

The 2019 edition will mark the 84th playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR) and the 10th as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. In 2018 The Thunderbirds raised a record $12.2 million for charity from proceeds from the WM Phoenix Open and have eclipsed $134 million in charitable giving since its inception in 1932.

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