EVENT DETAILS major champion John Daly. The Regions Tradition is a major championship on the PGA Tour Champions schedule where players will receive double Charles Schwab Cup Points. “The biggest thing right off is that it’s one of the major championships on the tour, and it draws the crème de la crème of players,” Smith says. “All of the best players in the world want to come and win.” In addition to an array of professional golfers, there will also be several celebrities taking swings during the Regions Tradition. Attendees will see famous faces like Nick Saban, Gus Malzahn, Hugh Freeze, Kirby Smart, Bo Jackson, Avery Johnson, Dan Mullen, Bruce Pearl, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Steve Spurrier and Charles Barkley. Paul Finebaum’s SEC Network show will also broadcast live on Wednesday, along with other sports stations. “We want to make it the event to be at each year,” Leckemby says.
Location: Greystone Golf & Country Club One way they are doing that is by Dates: May 18-22 changing things up Tickets: $20-$80 this year. They will Charity: Children’s of Alabama is the primary have party decks, beneficiary. Birmingham craft Parking: Free and shuttle available beers, a William Hill Estate Wine CLOCKWISE FROM Lounge and post-golf TOP LEFT: The first entertainment. Regions Tradition was held at Greystone “I think it will be the social event of the Golf & Country Club in summer,” she says. “You can be a part of a 1992. Fred Couples has major event that’s broadcast worldwide right won 57 professional tournaments. Daly here in our backyard. “If someone has never been, we like to say, joined the PGA Tour in 1991 and won the ‘It’s a great event whether or not you like PGA Championship the golf,’” Leckemby says. “It’s a family friendly, same year. The Regions Tradition and Greystone fun event, and everyone is welcome.” Golf & Country Club are Fans will also be able to get up close to both celebrating their some of their favorite pros with the autograph 25th anniversary this year. The tournament alley area, which is new this year. There will grown tremendously be the Coca Cola Spectator Village located at has since the first year it was the back of the driving range where attendees played at Greystone. May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •