Ted Rhodes Classic selects St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago, IL as the 2008 Site

Partnership with International Players Tour will benefit Ted Rhodes Foundation and Junior Golf. The combined TRLT-IPT event will be held at St. Andrews on September 6-7, 2008 , and have three divisions with different entry fees and purse levels.
March 28, 2008 - PRLog -- Perhaps the golf magic in the name St. Andrews, perhaps the tradition of the Chicagoland St. Andrews venue – clearly the choice by the Ted Rhodes Classic Committee of St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago, IL will bring history, prestige and tradition to the 2008 Ted Rhodes Classic on September 6-7, 2008. Since 1926, the renowned Jemsek-Hinckley facility has hosted many landmark events, including selection as the first public course to host a US Open Qualifying round in 1947. So the facility provides an ideal 36-hole venue for the inaugural Ted Rhodes Classic – bringing together amateurs and professionals from the Ted Rhodes Legends Tour and the International Players Tour. Peggy Rhodes-White, President of the Ted Rhodes Foundation explained, “We’re proud and excited to bring our event to St. Andrews. During the selection process, Ron and his team at St. Andrews have been very responsive and accommodating, and we’re looking forward to an outstanding weekend in September for players, guests, and sponsors.”  Ron Skubisz, General Manager at St. Andrews, also added, “St. Andrews is proud to be the host of this historic event which honors the traditions that Ted Rhodes exemplified, and we will strive to do everything we can to make St. Andrews the permanent home for the Ted Rhodes Classic.”

Since 1994, The Ted Rhodes Legends Tour (TRLT) has held an annual 36-hole Pro-Am Classic event the weekend after Labor Day to benefit The Ted Rhodes Foundation, which supports junior golf programs throughout the country. The Foundation was established by Peggy Rhodes-White in honor of her father, Ted Rhodes, one of the pioneers of African American golf in the United States. Beginning in 2008, the International Players Tour (IPT) will join TRLT in the annual event as part of their regular schedule to support junior golf programs, as well as to honor one of the true legends of the game – Ted Rhodes. The two organizations have signed a multi-year Strategic Partnership Agreement to work together on several initiatives. “We’re truly honored to be working with Peggy and the TRLT on this project,” stated Ron Beaman, Founder and President of the IPT, “and the benefits that will accrue to junior golfers across the nation as a result of our joint efforts will certainly be gratifying.”

The combined TRLT-IPT event will be held on both courses at St. Andrews on September 6-7, 2008 weekend, and will consist of three divisions of play with different entry fees and purse levels. The event will be open to the public, and registration will start soon on several different websites to be announced. For additional information, please contact Peggy Rhodes-White or Bill Conwell with contact info below.

About Ted Rhodes Foundation

Since taking the reigns of the foundation in 1994 Peggy Rhodes White has worked tireless to fulfill the mission statement of the foundation, which is to paraphrase “To provide opportunities for professional and amateurs of all ages to play golf at its highest level and to educate the public as well as the entire golfing community of Ted Rhodes accomplishments as an African-American golfer as well as his many contributions to the community and the game of golf.

The foundation accomplishes these goals by several means. Yearly, since 1994, we have presented a PGA quality event where golfers from all over the USA come to play. The event has drawn golfers from as far away as Australia. There are a number of golfers participating in PGA Events and The Nationwide Tour who honed there skills by playing in the Ted Rhodes tournament. Recently we have provided opportunities for junior golfers to compete with other golfers as well as given scholarships to various junior golf programs throughout the USA. The foundation has been fortunate enough to receive a lot of media support such as Golf Digest, Golf World, PGA Golf.com, and Local Newspapers throughout the country. Fox 32(Chicago) aired a ten minute segment on Ted Rhodes with interviews of Peggy and others who knew Ted Rhodes. Check out Uneven Lies by Pete McDaniel (Senior Writer for Golf Digest) for some little known information on the foundation and Ted Rhodes. ABC recently aired a documentary “Rainbow on the Green” that is part of the American Legacy Series that was created by noted actor & director Tim Reid (WKRP in Cincinnati) with commentary by Pete McDaniel. There were some great pictures which were provided by the Foundation on Ted Rhodes. The documentary also provided some exciting information about Ted Rhodes struggles as well as his accomplishments.

For Information Contact:

Peggy Rhodes-White                                                          
Ted Rhodes Foundation                                                   
(773) 785-9009                                                                    

Bill Conwell  
International Players Tour
(704) 366-2047

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About International Players Tour (IPT)
International Players Tour, operated by prior management of Champions Golf Tour (CGT), was launched in January 2008. The Champions Golf Tour was founded by Ron Beaman in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area in April 2002. Ron developed a model that provides avid recreational golfers a chance to play in an environment similar to major tour events – “inside the ropes” for significant prize money – utilizing a proprietary handicap system. Significant and sustained growth has occurred in player participation, number of events, and prize money. With over 1000 players in their system, IPT management conducted over 150 events in 2007 within twelve metropolitan areas, and the payouts exceeded $500,000. In 2008, IPT will conduct 200+ events in up to fifteen different metro areas, culminating in the Tour Championship at the Horseshoe Bay Marriott Resort in Texas, with the winner taking home $20,000!

See www.ipgtour.com for details.

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