Rex Hospital Open Joins PGA TOUR in Welcoming Web.com to Tournament Team
Web.com Partners with PGA TOUR as Sponsor of Newly Renamed Nationwide Tour
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2012
Contact: Alan M. Wolf
RALEIGH, N.C. - Rex Healthcare, in conjunction with the PGA TOUR, today welcomes Web.com (Nasdaq:WWWW), the new title sponsor of the former Nationwide Tour. Web.com, the leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, announced a 10-year agreement with the PGA TOUR today in Bethesda, Md.
"We are excited about our new partnership with Web.com as umbrella sponsor for the Rex Hospital Open," said David Strong, president of Rex Healthcare. "Web.com and Rex are both community-focused organizations that place great emphasis on charitable giving."
The Rex Hospital Open has been an area golf mainstay for more than two decades, and is an official week-long event on the PGA TOUR's Web.com Tour. Rex charity golf has raised more than $6.2 million to support programs and services at Rex Hospital. The 2012 tournament attracted thousands of fans to TPC Wakefield from May 27 to June 3, and raised money that will benefit Rex Cancer Care - supporting patients from discovery to recovery.
Strong continued, "Web.com aligns well with the Rex Hospital Open, and we look forward to a continued commitment to fan hospitality and giving back to the community."
Web.com, founded in 2005, has grown from a customer-base of 50,000 to 3 million. The company is currently looking to continue to grow in markets directly related to tour cities and has opened an office in Raleigh.
"This sponsorship is a perfect fit for us - Web.com is committed to helping small- and medium-sized businesses compete and succeed online, just as the Web.com Tour helps talented, dedicated athletes maximize their potential and fulfill their dreams," said David L. Brown, Web.com's chairman, president and CEO.
The new sponsorship also allows the Web.com Tour to expand in the digital space with the expertise of the company and its current partnerships with other online entities such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and hundreds more.
For more information on the Rex Hospital Open, visit rexhospitalopen.com.
More about Web.com Tour
Formerly known as the Nationwide Tour, the Web.com Tour will continue to identify and transition players who are ready to compete and win on the PGA TOUR. It currently awards PGA TOUR membership to the 25 leading money winners at the end of the season. Beginning in 2013, however, the importance of the Web.com Tour will further increase when the new qualifying structure for the PGA TOUR expands that number to 50.
The success of the Web.com Tour is reflected in the success of its alumni since the Tour was introduced in 1990. As the "official proving ground of the PGA TOUR," three out of four PGA TOUR members have played on the web.com Tour and alumni have accounted for more than 330 TOUR victories.
With structural changes to PGA TOUR qualifying in 2013 that were first announced in March, the Web.com Tour will become even more important to the TOUR. Starting next year, all 50 new PGA TOUR membership cards will be awarded through the Web.com Tour, with the three final tournaments on the Web.com Tour combining PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players to determine who earns those 50 cards. The fields for the three final Web.com Tour events, which will be held around the FedExCup Playoffs, will include the top 75 players on the Web.com Tour's money list, the players ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR's FedExCup points list and non-members who meet certain eligibility standards. The annual Qualifying Tournament now will become the eligibility avenue to the Web.com Tour.
For video of today's announcement, please visit pgatour.com/h/.
About Rex Healthcare
Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,300 co-workers. Rex Healthcare has 660 beds (433 general acute beds and 227 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women's care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. Rex's medical staff includes more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses. Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Rex was the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition, placing Rex nurses among the top 6 percent in the nation. Rex was named one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker's Hospital Review in 2011.
About Rex Healthcare Foundation
The non-profit Rex Healthcare Foundation was founded in 1958 by a group of public-spirited citizens who wanted to fulfill a community need. The Rex Healthcare Foundation's mission is to raise funds to support and enhance the programs and services of Rex. The Rex Healthcare Foundation supports a variety of patient assistance programs, assists in upgrading facilities and acquiring the medical equipment necessary to continue excellent healthcare services. For more information about Rex Healthcare Foundation, call (919) 784-4424 or visit rexhealth.com/foundation.