The PGA TOUR’s Biggest Little Tournament Returns July 22–28

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What to expect at this year’s Barracuda Championship 

RENO, Nev. (July 17, 2019) ­— “The Biggest Little City” is a fitting setting for the small but mighty Barracuda Championship. The region’s only PGA TOUR event may offer a smaller purse ($3.5 million) compared to others but it boasts one of the most difficult courses on schedule and sets itself apart by using the only Modified Stableford scoring format on the PGA TOUR.

The tournament, which is a 501(c)(3), has given more than $4 million to charity. Each fall, Barracuda Championship holds its annual Week of Giving, highlighting and distributing donations to local charities. Among the five featured charities last year was Eddy House, who received donations totaling more than $20,000. In addition to their annual fundraising efforts the tournament also offers its Birdies for Charity program, which raised $68,000 for non-profit participants in just four days last year.

The tournament’s work has not gone unnoticed catching the attention of the PGA TOUR’s award committees.

In 2016 Barracuda Championship charity partner, Each One Tell One, won the organization’s Charity of the Year award, in 2017 the tournament was awarded PGA TOUR’s Best Promotional Idea/Ad-Campaign for The Patio on the 18th Green and just this past year their longtime volunteer Henry “Skip” Monge was honored with the PGA TOUR’s coveted Volunteer of the Year award.

The tournament exposes the Reno-Tahoe region to an international audience through its partnership with the Golf Channel. Last year, the tournament broadcast reached over 1 billion households in 227 different countries. But none of it would be possible without the more than 800 volunteers who help run the event and who donated more than 16,700 hours of their time in 2018 alone.

The Barracuda Championship returns July 22–28; here’s what to keep an eye out for:

Inside the Ropes
Modified Stableford speeds up the pace and encourages more aggressive play. The format awards points rather than counting strokes making for frequent leader changes and some unexpected finishes. Double eagle is +8 points, eagle +5, birdie +2, par 0, bogey -1 and double bogey or more -3.

Back again is the Barracuda Bonus, a $50,000 charitable donation given in the name of the player who collects the most Modified Stableford points on the par-5 18th hole over the 72 holes of tournament play. Half of the $50,000 donation will go to a local charity and the other half will go to the charity of the player’s choice. To really up the ante, $100,000 will be donated to charity for the first player to record a double-eagle at No. 18.

This year’s tournament has several up-and-comers to keep an eye on. Two of the country’s top collegiate players, Collin Morikawa and Justin Suh, will be competing against returning champs Chris Stroud and J.J. Henry. International standout Ho Sung Choi will bring his unique swing to the mountains of Montrêux and fan-favorite John Daly will be gracing the tournament atop his trusty golf cart.

Outside the Ropes
The week begins with THE ROW Pro-Am on Monday, July 23, and moves on to a busy Tuesday with practice rounds, The First Tee Day where children can golf with the pros from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the 10th annual Patriots’ Luncheon at the Air National Guard from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Patriots’ Luncheon is a fundraising event that highlights different military non-profits in the region, this year being Veterans Guest House. Additionally, a few players will be skipping practice time to visit the Renown Children’s Hospital and Renown Rehabilitation Hospital from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Wednesday PGA TOUR pros will get some more time on the course during the Official Wednesday Pro-Am sponsored by Microsoft.

The tournament gets underway on Thursday, July 25, with round one teeing off at both hole No. 1 and No. 10 at 7 a.m.

Every ticket into the Barracuda Championship grants spectators access to The Patio on the 18th Green sponsored by Attendees can enjoy tasty barbecue at The Great Clubhouse Cookout or a refreshing beverage from the Jim Beam Bar. Nationally-recognized chef and restaurateur, Mark Estee, will be the featured chef at The Great Clubhouse Cookout and will be revamping all onsite concessions at this year’s event.

Also included with a general admission ticket, the Barracuda Fan Zone is located on the 9th Fairway and boasts incredible views and the Jose Cuervo Margarita Bar. The deck will have seating as well as lawn games and is home to Expo Row where fans can shop, explore and learn at different tents including The Discovery at Barracuda STEAM Zone. Children and adults alike can experience The Discovery’s largest off-site activation where visitors can expect interactive learning and activities that teach golf through science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Tickets and More
General admission tickets are just $25. Attendees can opt to enjoy amazing views at the Lexus Chalet on the 18th Green. Tickets are $200 and provide access to the VIP skybox with a fully hosted bar, culinary cuisine and flat-screen TVs. Or join the party at Tito’s Terrace, presented by Tito’s Vodka. Experience great views of the action on the 9th Green as well as flat-screen TVs, a live DJ and bar games. Tickets are $50 and include access to the skybox and two complimentary drinks. Upgraded concessions and additional drinks are available for purchase.

This year there are several opportunities to attend the event for free. On Thursday, July 25, anyone 55 or older will get in free of charge and on Friday, July 26, attendees with a Bank of America or Merrill debit or credit card receive complimentary access to all the fun.

All military members (active duty, guard, reserve and veterans) and first responders (fire, EMT and police) are welcome to enjoy complimentary food and drinks at Heroes Hangout an exclusive viewing area overlooking the 9th Green.

Parking and shuttle service are available at Galena High School for $5 a day per vehicle, or free for those with four or more people in a car or a donation of two or more cans of pet food.

The 21st annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 22–28, 2019 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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About Barracuda Championship
The 21st annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 22-28, 2019 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 48 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Season and is part of the FedEx Cup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with Golf Channel as it follows PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3.5 million purse. Montrêux Golf & Country Club has been the host site since the tournament’s inception in 1999. The Barracuda Championship is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including title sponsor Barracuda Networks, Eldorado Hotel Reno, Microsoft and NV Energy.

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