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Bernhard Langer Commits To Play 2017 Principal Charity Classic

Two-time Masters champion and six-time PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year returns to Des Moines as defending Charles Schwab Cup champion.

DES MOINES (April 3, 2017) – The Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, the annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines, is pleased to announce 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year and defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer has committed to play in the 2017 Principal Charity Classic. The tournament will take place June 6-11 at historic Wakonda Club.

The Principal Charity Classic was named the PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year in 2016 and has raised nearly $10 million to benefit Iowa children’s charities in the past decade.

“We are tremendously excited to welcome Bernhard Langer back to Des Moines for the 2017 Principal Charity Classic,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “His performance on the PGA TOUR Champions has been nothing short of spectacular, and he continues to raise his level of play every year. It’s incredible and inspiring to watch him.”

Langer, 59, recorded four victories last year – including two major championships – en route to claiming his record fourth Charles Schwab Cup title. The two-time Masters champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member was also named the PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year for the sixth time in his decorated career.

Langer has 30 career PGA TOUR Champions wins, the second-highest total in TOUR history (Hale Irwin leads with 45). He previously played in the Principal Charity Classic in 2010, ’12, ’13 and ’15, with a best finish of T10 in 2012.

 Strong early field for 2017

In addition to Langer, early player commitments for the 2017 Principal Charity Classic include 2016 tournament champion Scott McCarron and fan favorite John Daly, as well as Jesper Parnevik, Billy Andrade, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Tom Pernice, Jr., David Toms and Fuzzy Zoeller, among others.

“The strength of early player commitments for our 2017 tournament reflects the quality of the Principal Charity Classic and its status as a premier event among PGA TOUR Champions competitors,” Conrad said. “Great players want to play in great events, and the fantastic support of the Des Moines community – from spectators and volunteers to sponsors and local media – does not go unnoticed by the players.”

Save with code ‘Langer’

In recognition of Bernhard Langer’s return to the Principal Charity in 2017, fans can save 17% on all available ticket options – including VIP Champions Club tickets – now through April 10 by using promo code LANGER when purchasing tickets online at www.principalcharityclassic.com.

As a reminder, kids 15 and under may attend the Principal Charity Classic for free if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired and reserve military along with their dependents.

For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

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About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. In 2016, the Principal Charity Classic was recognized as the PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies for Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2017 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played June 6-11, 2017, at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com and follow via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

Media Contact:         

Lisa Schmitz, (515) 279-4653, lisa@principalcharityclassic.com

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Principal Charity Classic Launches 2017 Volunteer Registration

Unique opportunity to participate in award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event; positions available on a first-come, first-served basis

DES MOINES – The Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines, today opened its 2017 online volunteer registration. This year’s tournament will take place June 6-11 at historic Wakonda Club.

The Principal Charity Classic was recently named the PGA TOUR Champions 2016 Tournament of the Year and has raised nearly $10 million to benefit Iowa children’s charities since 2007. The tournament is sponsored by Principal and presented by Wells Fargo.

“Approximately 1,200 volunteers help bring the Principal Charity Classic to life each year, and we couldn’t do it without their loyal and energetic support,” said Loralyn Werkmeister, Volunteer Coordinator for the Principal Charity Classic. “Our volunteers truly believe in the tournament and its charitable mission.

“In 2016, we had volunteers join us from 14 different states and Canada, ranging in age from 13 to 90. We’re looking forward to welcoming many of them back – as well as some new faces – for a great experience at our 2017 tournament.”

Becoming a volunteer

Both returning and new volunteers are required complete the online registration form at www.principalcharityclassic.com. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of two (2) shifts during the championship, which range from 4-6 hours each, and to make a donation in support of Iowa children’s charities when registering.

Volunteer committee assignments ranging from on-course marshals, standard bearers and TV spotters to merchandise volunteers, shuttle drivers, Pro-Am operations and more. A full list of volunteer committee opportunities can be viewed at www.principalcharityclassic.com and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual assignments will be announced beginning in early April.

All 2017 volunteers will receive the following in exchange for their generous donation to support the tournament’s charitable mission:

  • Free admission for tournament week
  • Five (5) Good-Any-One-Day tournament tickets to share with family, friends, etc.
  • Meals on days of service
  • An invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party on June 5
  • The official volunteer uniform (one golf polo, one rain-resistant golf jacket and a hat or visor)
  • A one-time 25% off merchandise discount
  • A preferred parking pass

There are also a limited number of junior volunteer opportunities available for individuals age 13-18 during tournament week. The junior package includes a volunteer polo and hat or visor, free admission for the week, meals on days of service and five (5) Good-Any-One-Day tickets to share with family and friends. Juniors interested in volunteering should use the registration code junior.

Volunteer incentives

The Principal Charity Classic also offers a variety of unique incentives to reward volunteers:

  • Win free golf at members-only Wakonda Club. For each new volunteer that a returning volunteer recruits in 2017, they will earn one entry into a drawing for a twosome of golf at Wakonda Club. To participate, returning volunteers should simply ask their recruits to list their name in the “referred by” box when completing the online volunteer registration.
  • Register before March 6 to be entered to win an Honorary Observer experience. The winner will receive the opportunity to walk with PGA TOUR Champions players during tournament play. The winner’s name will be announced to the gallery as they are photographed with their PGA TOUR Champions threesome on the first tee. Players will then autograph the photo at the conclusion of the round as a special keepsake.
  • Register before April 3 to be entered to win an invitation to the 2017 Pairings Party. Volunteers who register by this date will be entered to win an invitation for themselves and a guest to attend the invitation-only Pairings Party celebration, which kicks off tournament week. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and beverage with tournament sponsors, Pro-Am participants, PGA TOUR Champions players, key Des Moines executives and other special guests.
  • Register by May 1 to be entered to win a set of Champions Club tickets for the 2017 tournament. The Champions Club provides two premier locations to watch the tournament action. Two outdoor locations on the 16th and 17th greens provide covered seating with a luncheon buffet – beer, wine and soda included.

For complete incentive details and more information, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com/volunteer.

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About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies for Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2017 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played June 6-11, 2017, at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com and follow via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golf’s most recognizable and accomplished players, age 50 and older, including 33 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2017, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 26 tournaments in 18 states, Japan, Wales and Canada, with purses totaling more than $55 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 206 countries and territories, reaching more than 145 million households. The PGA TOUR’s website is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.

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Principal Charity Classic Named PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year

The PGA TOUR Champions has named the Principal Charity Classic as 2016 Tournament of the Year, presenting the annual Des Moines event with its coveted “President’s Award.” The PGA TOUR bestowed the honor Wednesday, December 7, during its annual meetings in Las Vegas.  Principal is the title sponsor of the Principal Charity Classic.

“We thank the PGA TOUR not only for this award, but for the opportunity over the last 10 years to sponsor an event that gives so much back to our community— especially our children,” said Beth Brady, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Principal®. “And, it’s very meaningful to receive this honor during global volunteer week, a time when many of our 15,000 employees around the world are themselves giving back in their communities.”

The President’s Award is the highest tournament honor awarded by the PGA TOUR Champions annually and recognizes overall excellence, as well as the intangibles that make a tournament stand out among many successful events. This year marks the first time the Principal Charity Classic has been chosen to receive the President’s Award.

“The Principal Charity Classic has left a significant charitable footprint as well as an estimated $23 million annual economic impact on the greater Des Moines region,” said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. “That matters to this state. It’s companies like Principal, as well as the volunteers, spectators and local businesses that step up every year, that make this tournament possible and keep our state moving forward.”

Principal celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its title sponsorship in 2016, which marked the tournament’s most successful year to date.

The 2016 Principal Charity Classic:

  • Attracted a record 83,389 spectators to Wakonda Club during 2016 tournament week.
  • Donated a record $2,053,725 to Iowa children’s charities, including six regional Tournament Charity Partners and more than 100 statewide charity organizations through the tournament’s Birdies For Charity program.
  • Inspired increased engagement, with the tournament’s record 2016 donation representing a 46% increase over the previous year; the Principal Charity Classic’s all-time charitable giving total now stands at nearly $10 million in 10 years.
  • Introduced the MidAmerican Energy “Green Canyon” on holes 16 and 17 at Wakonda Club as a fan enhancement, designed to provide continuous content via LED ribbon boards and ease of access to food, drink and merchandise.
  • And also finished as one of the top nominees for the PGA TOUR Champion’s 2016 “Players Award” as voted on by the Player Advisory Council.

Scott McCarron claimed his first career PGA TOUR Champions victory at the 2016 Principal Charity Classic with a one-shot victory over Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Billy Andrade. McCarron would go on to win the Dominion Charity Classic in November and add two runner-up finishes during the year to wind up at No. 4 in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings.

The 2017 Principal Charity Classic will be played June 6-11 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies for Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2017 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played June 6-11, 2017 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit principalcharityclassic.com, Facebook or Twitter.

About Principal®

Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

Principal, Principal and symbol design and Principal Financial Group are trademarks and service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.

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Iowa Children’s Charities Get Record Donation from Principal Charity Classic. Again.

Great golf. Check. Beautiful weather. Check. Record attendance. Check. Record amount given to charity. Check (literally).

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo today announced its 2016 tournament raised $2,053,725 for Iowa children’s charities. That’s the biggest annual donation in Principal Charity Classic history. It brings the tournament’s charitable giving total to nearly $10 million in 10 years.

“This community decided a decade ago to put kids first and created a golf tournament to do just that,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and CEO of Principal®. “Year after year it kept growing. And here we are today giving Iowa children’s charities a record amount of money to help their organizations serve kids. That’s powerful.”

This year’s tournament, held May 31-June 5, attracted a record 83,389 spectators to the Wakonda Club. Principal is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as title sponsor of the Principal Charity Classic in 2016. Wells Fargo also marks a decade as presenting sponsor.

The Principal Charity Classic annually draws some of the biggest names in golf to Des Moines, including this year’s champion, Scott McCarron. Legendary golfer John Daly was also part of the 2016 field in his first year of PGA TOUR Champions eligibility, along with fan favorites Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Jesper Parnevik, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Kenny Perry, Fuzzy Zoeller, Rocco Mediate and 2015 Principal Charity Classic champion Mark Calcavecchia.

“The Principal Charity Classic features great golf and some of the game’s best players, but what truly makes this tournament special is our community,” said Greg Conrad, Tournament Director of the Principal Charity Classic. “Every volunteer, sponsor and charity partner actively participates in the tournament’s mission of supporting Iowa kids. And that does not go unnoticed by PGA TOUR Champions players, who continually tell us they are inspired to keep coming back – and giving back – to our community, too.”

Funds raised through the tournament support six Tournament Charity Partners in the Des Moines area, as well as more than 100 Iowa children’s charities in the region and across the entire state participating through the Birdies for Charity program. The six Tournament Charity Partners are Blank Children’s Hospital, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Mercy Medical Center, the United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa.

The 2017 Principal Charity Classic will take place June 6-11, 2017, at Wakonda Club, and Good-Any-One-Day tickets are available for purchase now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

About Principal®

Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies For Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

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Avon Crawford of West Des Moines Named 2016 Principal Charity Classic “Volunteer of the Tournament”

Avon Crawford - 2016 Principal Charity Classic Volunteer of the TournamentThe Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo, along with the PGA TOUR Champions, announced today that Avon Crawford of West Des Moines has been named 2016 Principal Charity Classic “Volunteer of the Tournament.”

Crawford, who will celebrate her 76th birthday on June 9, has volunteered at the Principal Charity Classic for nine years. The retired Des Moines school teacher can be found assisting at Volunteer Headquarters each year, ensuring that the more than 1,200 volunteers who staff the tournament stay organized. Golf is also an integral part of Crawford’s family; her son Mike, 51, is an agronomist for the PGA TOUR.

“We are proud to recognize Avon Crawford as the 2016 Principal Charity Classic ‘Volunteer of the Tournament,’” said Loralyn Werkmeister, Principal Charity Classic Volunteer Coordinator. “Avon’s dedication and passion for the Principal Charity Classic sets a wonderful example for all volunteers. We are so thankful for her hard work every year, as well as her terrific representation of our tournament and the Des Moines community.”

As Volunteer of the Tournament, Crawford will receive a commemorative PGA TOUR Champions-logoed clock gift and will become a finalist for the PGA TOUR Champions’ Volunteer of the Year award at the conclusion of the 2016 season. She will also receive a personal note from TOUR President Greg McLaughlin in recognition of her achievement.

Volunteers are always present, but often unnoticed, at all PGA TOUR co-sanctioned events, with more than 1,000 people providing their time and efforts at each PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Because of their selfless dedication to serving these tournaments, the TOUR and its tournaments are able to generate significant sums of money for charity. The PGA TOUR Champions’ charitable mission is an integral component of its value proposition, and charitable donations have a significant impact in the communities served by its events.

Tournament staff, volunteer leaders and PGA TOUR Champions Advance Rules/Operations Officials determined the Volunteer of the Tournament by considering certain qualities and attributes to select an individual who:

  • Made a difference in tournament operations
  • Consistently stepped up to take on additional responsibilities
  • Went beyond assigned duties to create a positive outcome
  • Set an outstanding example for others
  • Despite hardship, handicap or inconvenience, was dependable and performed responsibilities with a cheerful attitude

This year Principal® is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its title sponsorship of the Principal Charity Classic, which is focused on raising funds for Iowa children’s charities. The tournament has raised more than $7.7 million for charity in the past nine years – including a record $1.4 million last year.

For more information, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies For Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2016 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com, or via Facebook or Twitter.

About Principal®

Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

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John Daly, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Defending Champion Mark Calcavecchia Highlight 2016 Principal Charity Classic Field

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is pleased to announce the player field for this year’s tournament, which will take place May 31-June 5 at historic Wakonda Club near downtown Des Moines and feature many of the PGA TOUR Champions most exciting stars.

Defending tournament champion Mark Calcavecchia, who won the 2015 Principal Charity Classic in popular fashion while wearing a now-famous pair of bacon-print pants, will be joined by 80 additional competitors, including:

  • John Daly and Miguel Ángel Jiménez, both making their Des Moines debut.

Daly, who became eligible to compete in PGA TOUR Champions events after turning 50 on April 28, is one of the most recognizable players in the game. The two-time major winner and 1991 PGA TOUR “Rookie of the Year” is a favorite among fans for his colorful personality and booming tee shots.

Jiménez, 52, was a fixture on the European Tour for more than 20 years and now has three career PGA TOUR Champions victories, including the recent 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire. From his entertaining stretching routine to his signature ponytail and frequent cigar in hand, Jiménez’s nickname as “the most interesting man in golf” is well-known.

  • Past Principal Charity Classic champions Jay Haas (’07, ’08, ’12), Bob Gilder (’02, ’11) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (‘14).
  • Fan favorites Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry, Fuzzy Zoeller and Jesper Parnevik, who won his first career PGA TOUR Champions event earlier this month at the Insperity Invitational.
  • World Golf Hall of Famer Sandy Lyle, winner of the 1985 Open Championship and 1988 Masters Tournament.
  • Iowa native Jerry Smith, the 2015 PGA TOUR Champions Rookie of the Year.

Also included in the 2016 Principal Charity Classic field are five players who received sponsor exemptions: John Jacobs, the 2003 Senior PGA Champion; Skip Kendall, who made a combined 658 starts on the PGA and Web.com tours before turning 50; Blaine McCallister; a five-time PGA TOUR winner; Scott Parel, a Web.com TOUR veteran and winner of the 2013 Air Capital Classic; and Mike Reid, a two-time PGA TOUR Champions major winner.

This year Principal® is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its title sponsorship of the Principal Charity Classic, which is focused on raising funds for Iowa children’s charities. The tournament has raised more than $7.7 million for charity in the past nine years – including a record $1.4 million last year.

Ticket prices start at just $20, and may be purchased online at www.principalcharityclassic.com or at the tournament gates. Kids 15 and under may attend the tournament for free if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired and reserve military along with their dependents. For more information, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies For Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2016 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com, or via Facebook or Twitter.

About Principal®

Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

2016 Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo – Final Player Field

Allen, Michael

Andrade, Billy

Armour III, Tommy

Austin, Woody

Blake, Jay Don

Brooks, Mark

Browne, Olin

Bryant, Bart

Byrum, Tom

Calcavecchia, Mark

Chapman, Roger

Coceres, Jose

Daly, John

Day, Glen

Dunlap, Scott

Durant, Joe

Forsman, Dan

Franco, Carlos

Frost, David

Funk, Fred

Garwood, Doug

Gilbert III, Gibby

Gilder, Bob

Glasson, Bill

Goodes, Mike

Goydos, Paul

Grob, Mike

Haas, Jay

Hallberg, Gary

Hamilton, Todd

Hart, Jeff

Henninger, Brian

Huston, John

Inman, John

Jacobs, John

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Jobe, Brandt

Kendall, Skip

Koch, Gary

Kraft, Greg

Lancaster, Neal

Lehman, Tom

Lowery, Steve

Lu, Chien Soon

Lyle, Sandy

Martin, Miguel Angel

McCallister, Blaine

McCarron, Scott

Mediate, Rocco

Parel, Scott

Parnevik, Jesper

Parry, Craig

Pate, Steve

Pernice Jr., Tom

Perry, Kenny

Purtzer, Tom

Quinn, Fran

Reid, Mike

Remesy, Jean-Francois

Riegger, John

Sauers, Gene

Schneiter, Steve

Senior, Peter

Short, Jr., Wes

Simpson, Scott

Sindelar, Joey

Sluman, Jeff

Smith, Jerry

Spittle, Rod

Springer, Mike

Thompson, Leonard

Toledo, Esteban

Triplett, Kirk

Tway, Bob

Utley, Stan

Wadkins, Bobby

Waite, Grant

Waldorf, Duffy

Wiebe, Mark

Wood, Willie

Zoeller, Fuzzy

Contact:

Lisa Schmitz, Principal Charity Classic
(515) 279-4653
lisa@principalcharityclassic.com

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Miguel Ángel Jiménez Joins 2016 Principal Charity Classic Field

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is pleased to announce decorated Spanish golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez has committed to play in the upcoming 2016 Principal Charity Classic, the annual PGA TOUR Champions event held at historic Wakonda Club in Des Moines. This year’s tournament dates are May 31-June 5.

Jiménez, who shot an 8-under 64 yesterday at the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic to win his third career PGA TOUR Champions event, is often called “the most interesting man in golf.” Jiménez joins John Daly and defending tournament champion Mark Calcavecchia, as well as Jesper Parnevik, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Pernice, Jr., and Fuzzy Zoeller among notable names who have already committed to play in the tournament.

Jiménez and his signature style – a red, curly ponytail, aviator shades and unique warm-up routine – are instantly recognizable on the course, as is his skill. Jiménez owns 21 career wins on the European Tour and has been a member of several victorious Ryder Cup teams. At age 50, he finished fourth in the 2014 Masters Tournament after tying the record for the lowest round score (66) by a player age 50 or older.

“We are thrilled Miguel Ángel Jiménez has committed to join us in Des Moines for the 2016 Principal Charity Classic,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “Miguel is one of the great characters in the game and a terrific competitor, making him a favorite of golf fans around the world. His commitment to join us is a true reflection of the popularity of Des Moines, the Principal Charity Classic and the tournament’s philanthropic mission among PGA TOUR Champions players.”

This year Principal® is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its title sponsorship of the Principal Charity Classic, which is focused on raising funds for Iowa children’s charities. The tournament has raised more than $7.7 million for charity in the past nine years – including a record $1.4 million last year.

CHIP IN FOR CHARITY

Principal Charity Classic tickets are available at www.principalcharityclassic.com, starting at just $20 for a Good-Any-One-Day ticket. Additionally, kids 15 and under may attend the tournament for FREE if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired and reserve military along with their dependents.

“We ask people to think about the Principal Charity Classic in terms of making a donation to help kids throughout the state,” Conrad said. “When you chip in for charity, tickets to the tournament are your receipt and your reward. We hope everyone will make a donation and then come out and join us for some fantastic golf and great community fun to tee off the summer.”

For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

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About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies for Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2016 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com, or via Facebook or Twitter.

About Principal®

Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

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John Daly Commits To Play 2016 Principal Charity Classic In Des Moines

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Well Fargo, an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on raising funds for Iowa children’s charities, is pleased to announce champion golfer and fan favorite John Daly has committed to play in the 2016 Principal Charity Classic, set for May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

In 2016, The Principal® is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its title sponsorship of the tournament, which has raised more than $7.7 million for charity in the past nine years and is set to be the must-see event of the summer in Des Moines.

Daly, who becomes eligible to compete in PGA TOUR Champions events after turning 50 on April 28, is one of the most recognizable players and colorful personalities in professional golf. He is known by many for his driving distance off the tee, which has earned him the nickname “Long John” and characterized his style of play as “grip it and rip it.”

“We are tremendously excited to welcome John Daly to Des Moines for the 2016 Principal Charity Classic,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “His commitment certainly speaks to the quality of the event, which the Des Moines community has helped create, and is further evidence the Principal Charity Classic is considered a premier tournament by the players.”

The Principal Charity Classic has an annual estimated economic impact of $23 million on the greater Des Moines region and raised a record $1.4 million for charity in 2015.

“The Principal Charity Classic has been very successful in its mission of raising funds for charity and strengthening its community over the years,” Conrad said. “John Daly is someone who can help make an even bigger difference through his unique ability to reach new audiences and drive incredible excitement. He truly inspires people to engage in an event.

“We also believe our tournament is a great fit for John because he has been very committed to personally giving back to charity throughout his career, which is what the Principal Charity Classic is all about.”

Legendary Player

Daly famously won the first of his two major championships at the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club after qualifying as the ninth and final alternate for the event. His three-stroke victory, which came during his first year on the PGA TOUR, was one of the most unforeseen results in golf history and helped earn him PGA TOUR “Rookie of the Year” honors.

Daly also won the 1995 Open Championship in a memorable four-hole playoff over Costantino Rocca, and was the PGA TOUR’s “Comback Player of the Year” in 2004 after winning the Buick Invitational that year.

‘Daly Deal’ For Fans

In recognition of Daly’s Principal Charity Classic commitment and his upcoming 50th birthday, fans can chip in for charity and save 50% on 2016 Principal Charity Classic Good-Any-One-Day tickets now through March 7 by using the promo code DALY when purchasing tickets online at www.principalcharityclassic.com.

As a reminder, kids 15 and under may attend the Principal Charity Classic for FREE if accompanied by a ticketed adult. Complimentary admission is also provided for all active duty, retired and reserve military along with their dependents.

For more information about the Principal Charity Classic, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

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About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies for Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2016 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit principalcharityclassic.com, or via Facebook or Twitter.

About Principal®

Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

About PGA TOUR Champions

PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game – including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.

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Volunteer Registration Now Open For 2016 Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo

The Principal Charity Classic presented by Well Fargo has opened online volunteer registration for its highly anticipated 2016 event, which will take place May 31-June 5 at Wakonda Club in Des Moines as Principal Financial Group celebrates its 10th Anniversary as title sponsor. An annual PGA TOUR Champions event, the Principal Charity Classic has contributed more than $7.7 million for various children’s charities in Iowa over the past nine years.

To register, both returning and new volunteers should complete the online registration form at www.principalcharityclassic.com. Volunteers are asked to work two (2) shifts during the championship, which range from 4-6 hours each, and to make a donation in support of the participating tournament charities when registering.

“Every year, more than a thousand dedicated and passionate volunteers help ensure the success of The Principal Charity Classic,” said Loralyn Werkmeister, Volunteer Coordinator for the Principal Charity Classic. “Many of our tournament volunteers return year after year, traveling from across the state and country to serve on their favorite committees, and the championship would not be possible without them. We are so appreciative of their incredible support and have some exciting new incentives to share with them this year.”

Approximately 1,250 volunteers are needed for the 2016 tournament, with volunteer committee assignments ranging from on-course marshals, standard bearers and TV spotters to merchandise volunteers, shuttle drivers, Pro-Am operations and more. A full list of volunteer committee opportunities can be viewed at www.principalcharityclassic.com and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual assignments will be announced beginning March 30.

All 2016 volunteers will receive the following in exchange for their generous donation to support the tournament’s charitable mission:

• Free admission for tournament week
• Five (5) good-any-one-day tickets to share with family, friends, etc.
• Meals on days of service
• An invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party
• The official volunteer uniform (one golf shirt, one rain-resistant golf layering piece and a hat or visor)
• A one-time 25 percent merchandise discount
• A preferred parking pass

Also, there are a limited number of junior volunteer opportunities available for individuals age 13-18 during tournament week. The junior package includes a volunteer polo and hat or visor, free admission for the week, meals on days of service and five (5) good-any-one-day tickets to share with family and friends. Juniors interested in volunteering should use the registration code junior. The junior volunteer donation amount is $50.

New Volunteer Rewards

New for 2016, the Principal Charity Classic is also offering several unique incentives to reward volunteers:

• As a reward for returning volunteers, the tournament is offering a special prize for those who recruit a new volunteer – golf at Wakonda Club! For each new person they recruit, a returning volunteer will receive one entry into a drawing to win a twosome of golf at Wakonda Club, with the top recruiter receiving an additional five entries into the drawing. To participate, returning volunteers should ask recruited volunteers to simply list their name in the “referred by” box of the online volunteer registration.

• Anyone who registers to volunteer by March 3 will be entered to win an Honorary Observer experience. This incredible opportunity will include walking inside the ropes with Champions Tour players during tournament play, having your name announced to the gallery and taking a photo with your Champions Tour threesome on the first tee. The players will all sign the photo at the conclusion of the round, providing a special keepsake.

• Anyone who registers to volunteer by March 24 will be entered to win an invitation for themselves and a guest to attend the invitation only Pairings Party celebration, which kicks off tournament week. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and beverage with tournament sponsors, Pro-Am participants, Champions Tour Players, key Des Moines executives and other special guests as we celebrate another great year of charitable giving to local Iowa children’s charities.

• Anyone who registers to volunteer by April 14 will be entered to win a set of Fareway Club tickets for the tournament. The Fareway Club provides three premier locations to watch the on-course action on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, including two outdoor locations on the 13th and 16th greens featuring covered seating with a luncheon buffet, beer, wine and soda included. A third location inside the clubhouse lets you enjoy the luxury of climate controlled seating, live coverage and food and beverage.

For more information about volunteering at the Principal Charity Classic and to complete the volunteer registration form, visit www.principalcharityclassic.com.

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