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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

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


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, or via Facebook or Twitter.

About Principal®

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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, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at 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 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 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

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