DUNKIRK – The PGA returns to Chautauqua County for the annual LECOM Health Challenge starting Monday on the upper course at Peek n’ Peak Resort, with a Pro-Am and then four days of tournament action.
The opening two days of the event are closed to the public and include player practice at Peek n’ Peak and the open qualifier at Shorewood Country Club. The top 12 finishers during the local qualifying round at Shorewood Country Club on Tuesday will receive spots to compete in the LECOM Health Challenge
Tuesday brings the DFT Communications Pro – Am on The Upper Course, by invitation only, and the awards presentation, which is also by invitation only.
Wednesday’s practice round is also closed to the public.
Events Thursday through Sunday are open to the public. Thursday brings the first round of competition with the gates opening at 6:30 a.m. The ceremonial firsttee shot is at 7 a.m. and play begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tee 1 and Tee 10.
Friday brings Military and First Responders Appreciation Day, with play commencing at 7:30 a.m. on Tee 1 and Tee 10. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be a Caddyshack Party and Fireworks Display at the Gazebo Grill. Includes live music, games, a crazy golf costume contest and fireworks.
Saturday is LECOM Health and Wellness Day as the third day of competition happens. Play begins at 8 a.m. on Tee 1. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the LECOM Pedometer Challenge. Visit the LECOM Tent located near Woods’n Wedges to receive a free pedometer and enter for a chance to win a prize.
Saturday will bring the final round and the crowning of a champion. Gates open at 7 a.m. with play commencing at 8 a.m. Saturday will also bring recognition of U.S. Military Veterans on Green 18 and the trophy presentation ceremony on Green 18.
Last year saw Nelson Ledesma win by two shots, just ahead of Kyle Jones and Sebastian Munoz.
According to the PGA website, top contenders for this year’s event include Charlie Saxon, Kristoffer Ventura, Henrik Norlander, Robby Shelton and Ledesma.