DORAL, Fla. –With the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship two months away, tournament officials have announced the hiring of Earl “Butch” Buchholz as tournament chairman as the event returns to Trump Doral on March 6-10. Buchholz, who founded and built the Sony Open Tennis tournament into one of the top sporting events in South Florida, will work to raise the charitable impact, profile and entertainment and social atmosphere of the event.
"I am thrilled to be associated with a world-class event like the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and look forward to re-connecting with South Florida business and golf communities,” said Buchholz, who has extensive experience working with the South Florida community. “The Cadillac Championship is truly a jewel of an event featuring one of the best fields in golf and one of the game’s best and most recognizable title sponsors in Cadillac. With the dramatic investments and improvements that The Trump Organization and renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse are planning for both the resort and the course, this event is poised to become one of the biggest sporting, social and entertainment events in the world. We are going to bring fashion, music, business leaders and celebrities together to create events during tournament week that will make the Cadillac Championship one of the most desirable tickets to get here in the Miami area.”
Prior to becoming a renowned event operator, Buchholz rose to as high as No. 5 amateur in the world in tennis and was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup Team. He made the transition to tennis entrepreneur to build the Lipton Championships – now known as the Sony Open Tennis at Key Biscayne – into the fifth-largest tennis tournament in the world. An inductee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Buchholz was the Commissioner of World Team Tennis and the CEO of the ATP Tour. Buchholz also created the Challenge Series of tennis tournaments that were held in six different countries in Latin America.
“The Cadillac Championship, already one of the most prestigious golf events in the world, is prepared to reach new levels,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “We are delighted to bring someone of Butch’s caliber on board to help change the culture of the event from a golf tournament to a community celebration. Having Butch join the team, alongside Executive Director Eddie Carbone, gives this event an amazing opportunity for growth that will significantly increase the tournament’s charitable footprint as well on its economic impact in South Florida.”
The World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral on March 6-10 will host a collection of the best golfers from across the globe in one of the strongest fields of the year. The TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™ purchased Miami's iconic Doral Golf Resort & Spa in June 2012 and will be facilitating a $200 million renovation to restore Doral to its former grandeur. Trump Doral has been host of the PGA TOUR for more than 50 years. Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Cadillac Championship when accompanied by a ticketed adult. For more ticket and tournament information, visit www.worldgolfchampionships.com (http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com) or call 888-401-8000.
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About the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
The Cadillac Championship is one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour. In addition to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, the other World Golf Championships include the Accenture Match Play Championship (Arizona, USA), the Bridgestone Invitational (Ohio, USA) and the HSBC Champions (China). The Cadillac Championship is broadcast to approximately 800 million households in 224 countries and territories in 31 languages outside of the United States. Proceeds from the Cadillac Championship primarily benefit The First Tee of Miami, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, and the City of Doral Parks and Police 4 Kids. The Cadillac Championship has generated more than $9 million for charity since its inception. The World Golf Championships as a whole have generated more than $39.5 million for charitable causes since the series began in 1999.