PGA Tour Champions event in St. Louis canceled due to pandemic

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The PGA TOUR Champions and Ascension announced today that the 2020 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson and associated events scheduled for September 28 – October 4 will be canceled this year due to the on-going health crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of continued concerns and the serious impact of the COVID-19 virus throughout the country and specifically within St. Louis and St. Louis County, tournament organizers have made the decision to move the inaugural event to 2021. Tournament officials have worked closely with the St. Louis County health department and local officials throughout this pandemic to continuously monitor and assess the situation. “It’s not what any of us wanted, but the PGA TOUR and Ascension made the right decision for our region,” said Winston Calvert, Chief of Staff to St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. 

While the inaugural event will not take place as planned at Norwood Hills Country Club, organizers confirmed the tournament remains on-track to provide significant charitable contributions to organizations in North St. Louis County as part of the current four-year agreement.

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Title sponsor Ascension, along with presenting sponsor Emerson, reaffirmed their pledge to support the tournament’s philanthropic commitment to non-profit organizations in North St. Louis County that are dedicated to building a stronger, more supportive community. The tournament’s primary beneficiaries include Marygrove, a residential treatment and support facility for children and teens struggling with debilitating emotional and behavioral issues resulting from abuse, neglect and other trauma; the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, among others.

“While we’re disappointed in not being able to bring professional golf back to St. Louis this year, we’re confident this decision is the right one for St. Louis County and the communities we serve,” said Nick Ragone, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communication Officer, Ascension. “We’re looking forward to hosting the inaugural event next fall and continuing our commitment to North St. Louis County and our tournament charities for years to come.” 

All ticket holders for the 2020 Ascension Charity Classic will be provided the option of either donating the value of their ticket to charity or requesting a refund by contacting the tournament ticket office at tickets@ascensioncharityclassic.com.

Next year’s Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson is scheduled for the week of September 6-12, 2021, at Norwood Hills Country Club.