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Rex Hospital Open Tees Off Tournament Plans

February 10, 2011

Contacts:
Kerry Grace Heckle
(919) 784-4471
or
Adam Harris
(919) 531-0500

RALEIGH, N.C. -  The Rex Hospital Open, North Carolina's only golf tournament on the PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour, has begun preparations for the 2011 week of events. Tournament and PGA TOUR officials hosted receptions February 3 and 4 for sponsors, volunteers and other guests. The Open, now in its 7th year as a Nationwide Tour event, will take place June 6 - 12, 2011 at TPC Wakefield Plantation in North Raleigh.

Kick off reception guests were treated to refreshments on Thursday, February 3 at TPC Wakefield Plantation and Friday, February 4 at Rex Hospital as officials spoke about upcoming preparations. Highlights included an appearance by PGA TOUR professional and Raleigh resident Tom Scherrer, a 2010 video recap and Rex Hospital Open sponsorship opportunities.

The 2011 Rex Hospital Open will kick things up a notch at this year's tournament with a fan-focused experience on food and entertainment, including family-friendly activities, contests and more.

Over the last two decades, the Rex Hospital Open has raised more than $5.6 million to benefit the programs and services at Rex Hospital. Proceeds from the 2011 Rex Hospital Open will benefit the new N.C. Cancer Hospital at Rex, slated to open its doors in 2014.

"We could not be more excited about the tremendous opportunities for golf fans, families and sponsors to take part in Raleigh's premier golf tournament," said Carson Gilbert, director of the Rex Healthcare Foundation. "We have big plans in store for this year and hope that Triangle residents and businesses come out to enjoy these events."

The Nationwide Tour is the PGA TOUR's official proving grounds. Golfers compete throughout the year as part of a quest to finish in the top-25 on the Official Money List and earn PGA TOUR playing cards for the following year. Nearly 75% of winners on the PGA TOUR are alumni of the Nationwide Tour. The Rex Hospital Open will host a field of 156 professionals over four days of championship play.

For more information on the Rex Hospital Open call (919) 531-4653 or visit rexhospitalopen.com.