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Corporate hospitality for '06 PGA Championship approaches sellout

Tournament officials have announced that corporate hospitality reservations for the 2006 PGA Championship are nearly sold out, with 80 percent of the corporate chalets having been sold.

CHICAGO, Ill. (PGA.com) -- Corporate hospitality for the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club is fast approaching a sellout, tournament officials announced today.

So far, 80 percent of corporate chalets have been sold, according to tournament director Michael Belot.

"The corporate community in the Chicago area and nationally has been very enthusiastic in its desire to utilize the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah as a premier venue to entertain customers and employees and to build business relationships," Belot said. To further enhance the business customers' experience, the PGA of America and Medinah have introduced new elements to the championship's corporate hospitality program aimed at serving the ever-changing needs of the corporate customer.

The 2006 PGA Championship will mark the first time corporate customers will be able to secure reserved viewing areas adjacent to tees, fairways and greens, according to Belot.

In addition, The PGA of America and Medinah have entered into an agreement that makes nearby Eaglewood Resort the host hotel of the 2006 PGA Championship. The facility -- formerly known as Nordic Hills prior to a massive renovation of its golf course and hotel and banquet facilities -- is conjoined with Medinah, which will make it convenient for hotel guests to enter and exit the golf course. Eaglewood can accommodate business and group meetings both small and large.

Medinah also has rebuilt its Lodge. It is located behind the second green of the championship course and the PGA is making this multi-faceted, stand-alone 2,000-square-foot facility available for private corporate entertainment.

Anyone interested in more information about corporate hospitality opportunities should contact Todd Alfred, Director of Corporate Hospitality Sales, at 630-875-2889. For ticket information, go to pga2006.com or call 1-800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653).

The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by the PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for The PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past champions include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.

The 88th PGA Championship will be played August 14-20, 2006 at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. The 39th Ryder Cup is schedule to be played at Medinah in 2012.

The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

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