News and Tribune

August 2, 2013

GOLF: Zoeller announces plans for final Wolf Challenge

Trevino, Lopez, Stadler to play with Fuzzy in 16th annual charity event at Covered Bridge

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SELLERSBURG — SELLERSBURG — Two-time major winner Fuzzy Zoeller has announced that the 2013 Wolf Challenge, Southern Indiana’s premier event that brings some of the brightest stars of professional golf and celebrities to Sellersburg, will be held Aug. 10-11 at Covered Bridge Golf Club, which is one of two golf courses he owns in Southern Indiana. This will be 16th and final year of the event.

“The Wolf is a lot of fun and a unique experience for the fan,” the New Albany native said in a statement. “I am always so proud to bring the biggest names in golf and celebrities from all around the world to meet my friends and experience my hometown’s hospitality, which I love and am so proud of.”

Zoeller, considered one of the greatest characters in golf, turned professional and joined the PGA Tour in 1973. Zoeller is one of only three golfers to win The Masters in his debut, capturing the title in 1979. He has a total of 10 PGA Tour victories, including a second major championship in the 1984 U.S. Open.

Zoeller joined the PGA Champions Tour in 2002 and went on to win the Senior PGA Championship later that year. In addition to golf, Zoeller is actively involved in charitable activities around his hometown of New Albany and has his own line of vodka, “Fuzzy’s Vodka.”

Trevino, a 1981 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, has won 29 times on the PGA and Champions tours. Trevino owns six PGA Tour major titles with the 1968 and 1971 U.S. Opens, 1971 and 1972 British Opens and 1974 and 1984 PGA Championships. He holds four Champions Tour major championships — the 1990 U.S. Senior Open, 1992 and 1994 Senior PGA Championships and the 1992 Tradition.

The 1967 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Trevino won five Vardon Trophies (low scoring average), played on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and captained the 1985 Ryder Cup team.

Lopez joined the LPGA Tour in 1977 and quickly made a name for herself.

She won nine tournaments during her first full season on tour, easily making her the 1978 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

In total, Lopez amassed 48 victories during her illustrious career, including three LPGA Championships. She was named LPGA Player of the Year four times and got inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987, becoming the youngest qualifier for the LPGA Tour.

Stadler took the San Diego golf scene by storm as a youth, first at La Jolla High School and then as a collegiate player at the University of Southern California.

Stadler won the 1973 U.S. Amateur Championship, turning professional in 1976 and winning his first PGA Tour events in 1980 — the Bob Hope Desert Classic and the Greater Greensboro Open.

He’d go on to win the 1982 Masters , one of four events in which he was victorious that year, following that up as a member of the 1983 and 1985 Ryder Cup squads.

Stadler joined the PGA Champions Tour in 2003, accumulating eight victories between 2003 and 2004. In 2003 he won the Ford Senior Players Championship. He was the Champions Tour’s leading money winner in 2004. Stadler captured his ninth Champions Tour win in June at the Encompass Championship, his first in almost nine years.

Over the past 17 years, the Wolf Challenge has raised more than $2 million for Fuzzy’s Kids, a charitable organization benefiting children of Indiana and Kentucky.

The three-day event will kick off next Friday with the Wolf Challenge Shamble, played at Zoeller’s Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis. The Wolf Challenge Pro-Am will be played on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Covered Bridge and will feature PGA Tour professionals and various famous celebrities.

Highlighting the weekend is the Wolf on Aug. 11 with Zoeller, Trevino, Lopez and Stadler.

Tickets for the Wolf Challenge are on sale now for $30 for a two-day general admission ticket. Two-day tickets upgraded to include clubhouse access are $100.

The VIP All Access Experience is $500 and includes a ticket to all exclusive VIP events, including the Pairings Party next Friday, the Wolf Challenge Dinner, Gala and Auction on the 10th and on-course VIP hospitality for both the 10th and 11th.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 812-246-8200 or by going to www.wolfchallenge.com.

The Wolf Challenge is a fun audience interactive golf experience that allows the Wolf players to pick their partner at each hole, adding excitement and Zoeller’s anecdotes for all to hear along the way as each player will be wearing a live microphone.

Fans will get up front and personal interaction with the four competitors. Tickets sales are limited.