Stricker, Kelly commit to AmFam Champ, full schedule of tournament week activities returns in 2022
By Brian Weis
Tournament player-host Steve Stricker and two-time defending champion Jerry Kelly are coming home again to the PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, to be held June 10-12 at University Ridge Golf Course.
Stricker and Kelly, both of Madison, have committed to the 2022 AmFam Champ, which is returning with a full schedule of activities - including the popular Friday night concert and celebrity foursome on Saturday - after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented or altered many of these events in 2021, although the tournament was still held.
Stricker's AmFam Champ appearance will continue his return to competitive golf after recovering from a serious illness that began last fall. He expects to make his 2022 debut on PGA TOUR Champions later this spring.
"The AmFam Champ will always be special to me, but this year it means even more, as I play in front of the Wisconsin fans who have supported me throughout my career and recently during my recovery," Stricker said. "My goal is to be in top form and compete for the title."
This will be Stricker's first AmFam Champ since his captaincy leading the U.S. team to its Ryder Cup win last September at Whistling Straits. It capped a busy and remarkable 2021 golf season for Stricker, who prepared for the Ryder Cup while also competing part-time on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, culminating with winning a PGA TOUR Champions major, the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. Stricker is a seven-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions and has 12 titles on the PGA TOUR.
Kelly is the only two-time (2019 and 2021) winner of the AmFam Champ, earning last year's title by a stroke over 2017 champion Fred Couples and Miguel Angel Jimenez. For his career, Kelly has eight wins on PGA TOUR Champions, with two more on the PGA TOUR. He already has two top-finishes in this year's race for the Charles Schwab Cup.
Other tournament activities
AmFam Champ week activities begin Saturday, June 4, with the return of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center "Race for Research," a 5K run/walk at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, adjacent to the University Ridge Golf Course. All race proceeds will be directed to cancer research at the Carbone Cancer Center. The run has been part of tournament events since 2019, but has been held virtually the last two years.
On Friday, June 10, Lady A, with opening acts Boyz II Men and Edwin McCain, will perform at the American Family Insurance Championship concert, presented by Madison Media Partners, at Madison's Breese Stevens Field. Concert tickets are available for purchase at amfamchampionship.com.
The AmFam Champ Celebrity Foursome hosted by Andy North, returns on Saturday, June 11, featuring Wisconsin golf legend Andy North and three other celebrities who will entertain fans in a friendly 9-hole competition that follows the last group in tournament play. The three other celebrities will be announced later this spring.
Attendance capacities will not be limited in 2022 as they were in 2021. As a result, public seating bleachers on the 1st tee, 14th green, 15th tee and 18th green will be available again. There will also be additional sponsored hospitality for fans on the popular 17th hole.
Tournament ticket information
Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available for purchase at amfamchampionship.com. Tickets, which can be used for any one day of the tournament, and prices include:
* Adult general admission ticket: $20
* Champions ticket (age 50 years or older): $15
* Youth general admission ticket (with paid adult): Free
* Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel ticket: Free
* First responder ticket: Free
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
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