Honorary Co-Chairs Named for Coates Golf Championship

Posted on: December 10, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (December 10, 2014) — Coates Golf, LLC  is proud to announce John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Morgan Pressel as the honorary co-chairs of the Coates Golf Opening Night Gala. The January 25, 2015 gala is the kickoff event for the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers.

The Opening Night Gala is an invitation only event with guests such as LPGA professionals, top sponsors, VIP’s and Pro-Am participants. The evening will mark the start of the inaugural Coates Golf Championship as well as the LPGA season.

“I’m looking forward to starting my 10th LPGA season with the Coates Golf Championship at the Opening Night Gala,” said Morgan Pressel, LPGA Tour Professional. “The evening promises to be an exciting night for this first-year golf event and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The Jett Travolta Foundation and the Morgan Pressel Foundation will be the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the gala.

“The Travolta family and Morgan have made meaningful differences with their respective charities, not only in their home state of Florida, but globally as well,” said Mollie Coates, President of Coates Golf. “We admire the work they have done in the world of philanthropy and are happy to support both foundations.”

Founded by John Travolta and Kelly Preston, the Jett Travolta Foundation uses its resources to assist and provide relief to children with mental or physical impairments as well as other special medical, environmental, health or educational needs. The Morgan Pressel Foundation was started by the professional golfer in honor of her mother to support and raise funds for patient care and research in the fight against breast cancer.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the LPGA Tournament in raising money for these causes,” shared John Travolta and Kelly Preston. “Many of the beneficiaries of the foundations are based in and around the Ocala area and hence, some of the monies raised through the tournament will find its way back into the community.”

The Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers will boast a 120 player field with 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition and a $1.5 million purse. Official tournament play will kick off Wednesday, January 28 and continue through Saturday, January 31 at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. The tournament will serve as the launch pad for Coates Golf, a major new golf brand introduction that is based in Ocala. Additionally, it will showcase the Central Florida area as a great place to work, live and golf, as well as to give back to the community through charitable contributions. The title sponsor for the event is Coates Golf. Official sponsors of the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers include R+L Carriers, Tri-Eagle Sales, Marion County and the City of Ocala.  The tournament is being held at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.

For more information on the tournament or ticket information, please visit www.CoatesGolfChampionship.com,
www.facebook.com/CoatesGolfChampionship and www.twitter.com/CoatesGolfChamp.

Libby Peacock: Marketing and Communications, Octagon
Libby.Peacock@octagon.com or 352-414-7405
Lenny Francoeur: Tournament Director, Octagon
Lenny.Francoeur@octagon.com or 479-715-6103
Lisa Lombardo: Director of Communications, Coates Golf

About Coates Golf, LLC
Coates Golf is an exciting new golf brand that will launch January 2015.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: http://www.lpga.com/default.aspx, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, https://twitter.com/LPGA and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About R+L Carriers
R+L Carriers is a Global Freight Shipping company based in the United States. With nearly 50 years of service, R+L Carriers, Inc. serves the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic with LTL, Truckload, Business Critical, Logistics and more. To learn more about R+L Carriers Worldwide shipping solutions, visit their corporate website at http://www.rlcarriers.com/.
About Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
The Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club has been sharing its beauty with the public since 1986. Thirteen years later, The Roberts family purchased the property and spent two years creating and beautifying the 1,200 acre land. The awe-inspiring 77,000 square foot club house, spa and fitness center have been dazzling its visitors ever since it reopened in 2002. The 18-hole golf course, designed by Ron Garl, has also been stealing the attention of guests by featuring eight holes modeled after famous golf courses such as Augusta National, St. Andrews and Baltusrol, mixed in with ten originally designed holes. Learn more about Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian club at www.goldenocala.com. 

About Octagon Events & Hospitality
Octagon Events & Hospitality is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency. Octagon Events & Hospitality focuses on premium event/property management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions Tour events, four LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit http://www.octagonglobalevents.com.


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