The Honda Classic to award sponsor’s exemption to winner of the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Invitational

The Honda Classic to award sponsor’s exemption to winner of the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Invitational

PALM Beach front GARDENS, Florida – The winner of the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Invitational will get an exemption to enjoy alongside the very best players in the earth when the PGA TOUR visits PGA Nationwide Resort & Spa for the Honda Classic, February 23-26, it was announced now by officials with the Advocates Experienced Golf Affiliation (APGA) Tour, and the PGA TOUR’s Honda Common.

The fourth annual APGA Tour Farmers Insurance plan Invitational will once more be held at Torrey Pines Golf System in conjunction with the PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance policy Open. The two-working day celebration includes 18 of the top rated minority golfers playing the 1st rounds on Saturday, Jan. 29, on the North System and the closing round on Sunday, Jan. 30, on the South Study course, which will be televised on the Golfing Channel. The APGA Tour is a non-profit business with the mission to prepare African People in america and other minority golfers to contend and earn at the best degree of professional golfing.

The exemption carries on a record of the Honda Traditional obtaining approaches to produce opportunities for varied gamers and increase the recreation subsequent an exemption in 2021 for APGA Tour participant Kamaiu Johnson.

“We are very pleased to at the time yet again provide a significant-profile system to assistance the goals of minority gamers competing on the PGA TOUR,” said Jessika Laudermilk, assistant vice president of advertising and marketing at American Honda. “The Honda Traditional frequently has been an function where by new and lesser-acknowledged players have broken via to seize their first PGA TOUR gain or perform towards their tour card and we appear forward to supplying this opportunity to an APGA player this yr.”

Johnson, the 2022 APGA Tour Lexus Cup Winner Kamaiu Johnson who gained three occasions in 2022 is in the subject for the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance policies Invitational as well as APGA Farmers Insurance Drop Collection winner Marcus Byrd. 

“We’re amazingly honored to be capable to give the winner of the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance policy Invitational with an exemption into the 2023 Honda Basic,” Government Director Andrew George stated. “The level of levels of competition on the APGA Tour continues to rise and it’s critical for us to assist efforts to mature the sport and to deliver prospects to participate and to acquire working experience from the PGA TOUR’s best.”

Click listed here to view bios of all gamers in the 2023 APGA Tour Farmers Insurance policy Invitational field

“Not only is it vital for our gamers to be capable to experience the levels of competition of actively playing on the PGA TOUR, but they find out so much from remaining around the best in the globe, looking at how they put together, acquiring to comprehend the dedication to practice, fitness, diet program and the psychological aspect of the video game,” explained APGA Tour CEO Ken Bentley. “It’s similarly essential to have minority players at the best stage. For youth to change on the television and see a illustration of golfing improved resembling the place and the world in which we stay. We are so grateful that Farmers has aided develop a platform that opens the doorways for Honda America and the Honda Classic to provide this unbelievable opportunity for the Farmers Coverage Invitational champion.”

Johnson gained his 3rd occasion of the period at the APGA Charlie Sifford Centennial at the Clubs of Kingwood just two months immediately after winning the APGA Mastercard Tour Championship and the time-very long Lexus Cup Factors race. The Tour Championship gain also earned Johnson full-time standing on the PGA TOUR LatinoAmérica series in which he manufactured the cut in two of the initial 3 events of the year in December. Johnson now has five APGA Tour wins in the previous a few decades acquiring also gained the Tour Championship in 2020 and the APGA Tour’s Las Vegas stop each of the earlier two yrs.

Byrd received the next Tumble Sequence event at the APGA Tour Valley Forge for his 1st earn of the year and adopted with a runner-up end at the APGA Charlie Sifford Centennial. Just after finishing 5th in the 2022 Lexus Cup Standings, went on to get the Slide Series standings. He also concluded T2 at the Butterfield Bermuda APGA Championship.  On the calendar year, Byrd played in 14 APGA Tour occasions and had 11 best-10 finishes such as 8 prime-3s and five runner-up finishes to go alongside with his victory in August. In his past 7 starts on the APGA Tour, he had finishes that included T2, T2, T5, 1st, T2 and 2nd. 

Daniel Augustus, who concluded 6th in the Lexus Cup standings has 8 top-10 finishes and two runner-up finishes on the APGA Tour this yr. Before this 12 months, Augustus carried out an job interview with Golf Digest and the Fireplace Pit Collective revealing a childhood of tragedy and abuse

Quinn Riley arrived to the APGA Tour mid-season following finishing No. 1 in the 2021-22 APGA Collegiate Rating. Considering the fact that joining the APGA Tour this summer time just after a solid university vocation at Duke College, he had 3 top-10 finishes. 

Wyatt Worthington II enters the occasion getting competent for the 2022 PGA Championship as a PGA specialist and profitable the John Shippen Invitational, which granted him an exemption to perform in the PGA TOUR’s Rocket Mortgage Typical previously this year. 

Andrew Walker is in his 1st whole time on the APGA Tour and captured his first APGA Tour get at the APGA Cisco Invitational at Baltusrol in August.

Ryan Alford teed it up at the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA TOUR and caught about to caddie for Byrd, his good close friend, in the APGA Farmers Insurance policy Invitational. A two-time APGA Tour winner in 2021, Alford struggled by means of overall health-related COVID-19 difficulties and appears to rebound in 2023. 

Many thanks in section to victories this fall at the River Run Collegiate and USF-Howard Intercollegiate, Greg Odom, Jr., overtook Michigan State’s Troy Taylor III for the top rated placement in the most latest APGA Collegiate Rankings, putting Odom in the discipline standings. Odom’s Howard University teammate Everett Whiten Jr. sits in third put.

Following final year’s broadcast of the Farmers Insurance coverage Invitational, which was the 1st-at any time APGA Tour party to be broadcast on are living television, the closing spherical will again be broadcast on Golfing Channel on Sunday, January 29 from 4:30-7 PM ET.

The broadcast will the moment once again aspect a diverse team of on-air talent with Damon Hack contacting engage in-by-participate in and Will Lowery providing commentary and swing analysis from the broadcast booth when Doug Smith will serve as the on-system reporter. Both of those Lowery and Smith have a history of enjoying on the APGA Tour in addition to their occupations and endeavours in golfing media.