LECOM Health Challenge named best new Web.com Tour event

CLYMER — The LECOM Health Challenge — a Web.com Tour event held at Peek’n Peak Resort — was awarded “Rookie of the Year” by the PGA TOUR affiliate Web.com Tour.

Squaring off against six other new Web.com Tour events, the Western New York-based tournament was recognized as the best new event for the 2016 season.

“We are extremely proud to receive the Web.com Tour Rookie of the Year award for the 2016 season,” said tournament spokesperson and CEO of the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation Kevin Sanvidge. “It’s an incredible honor to win this award, and we couldn’t be more thankful for all the people and players who helped make the tournament happen. We’re so excited to be recognized on this level, and we can’t wait to see what great things our 2017 tournament brings.”

Marking the return of the PGA TOUR to Western New York, the 2016 LECOM Health Challenge was held at Peek’n Peak Resort July 4-10. With over 20,000 spectators in attendance, 400 volunteers and over 90 sponsors, the event welcomed a successful inaugural year. The tournament featured a jam-packed schedule of activities, including a Junior Clinic and a Pro-Am, followed by four official rounds of competition, where — in a thrilling four-man playoff — Monday qualifier Rick Lamb emerged as the 2016 LECOM Health Challenge champion.

With seven new Web.com Tour tournaments in 2016, the Rookie of the Year award marks the most impressive first-year event. Criteria for the award include best utilization of Web.com Tour resources, innovation in revenue generation, operational excellence, community engagement and execution of a superior experience for both fans and sponsors.

The LECOM Health Challenge is the first-ever Web.com Tour Rookie of the Year, as the tour recently introduced the award category for the 2016 season.

Representatives from various Web.com Tour events gathered at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas recently for the PGA Tournament Awards. Aside from Rookie of the Year, other awards included Volunteer of the Year, Best Social Media Campaign and Best Pro-Am Experience. A total of 25 Web.com Tour tournaments competed for these end-of-season recognitions.

Following the award, the LECOM Health Challenge looks to put on another impressive performance next year. The tournament will return to Peek’n Peak’s “Upper Course” on July 3-9, 2017.