PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – The 2014 Honda Classic will once again have an extensive line-up of activities for kids including a Family Day and Kids Club on Saturday March 1, fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights, a special ticket with lanyard designed for kids by a kids contest winner, VIP Kids seating in two high-profile areas of the tournament, an autograph zone by the 18th green, the Krank Golf Junior Clinic on Tuesday and more.
Tire Kingdom Family Day will be Saturday March 1. The first 1,500 kids who attend that day will receive a giant golf ball for autographs, which they can obtain all weekend at the Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center Autograph Zone behind the 18th green.
Kids at The Honda Classic are also offered the exclusive opportunity to enjoy the golf action from inside their very own Kids Boxes located at the 17th & 18th greens.
One of the exciting features of Family Day will be the Kids Club from Noon – 8 pm at the Honda Pavilion. Kids (ages 3 and up) are entertained free of charge all day.
Parents are encouraged to join in the fun or take a hall pass and enjoy the tournament and bands at the Michelob ULTRA Terrace on their own while the kids engage in high-energy, interactive fun and games and contests that include lots of prizes.
The skies above PGA National Resort & Spa will light up Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. with two Fireworks Spectaculars.
On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Krank Golf Junior Clinic will feature Professional Brooks Koepka, a Palm Beach County native, and World Long Drive champion Tim Burke. More than 400 kids are expected to attend.
Koepka, who grew up in Wellington, won a state championship at Cardinal Newman High, became a three-time All American at Florida State and cut his teeth overseas in scintillating fashion the past year on the European and Challenge Tours, is playing The Honda Classic on a Sponsor’s exemption.
He has won four times on the Challenge Tour in Europe to earn an automatic promotion to the European Tour, playing in 15 different countries along the way. That has helped him raise his World Golf Ranking from over 1,000 to his present rank of 68. Koepka even came close to winning a PGA TOUR event. Playing on a Sponsor’s exemption, Koepka held the lead on Friday and Saturday at the Frys.com Open in October before finishing in a tie for third.
Burke won the World Long Drive Championship last year with a crushing 427-yard blast. He does it with a swing which measures faster than 150 miles-per-hour.
Kids can get instruction on their own swing each day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Play Golf America Expo.
The special Honda Classic kid’s ticket was designed this year by Christopher Migoya, a 10-year-old fifth grader from Limestone Creek Elementary. Migoya won a contest entered by dozens of Palm Beach County young art students via their art classes, physical education classes and the First Tee National School Program.
Students submitted an 8.5” X 11” art piece with the theme of the excitement and fun of The Honda Classic and/or playing golf with friends and family. Migoya’s clever artwork featured a golfer standing next to the hole on a green with his arms raised upward. The leaderboard behind him, instead of listing player names, said “FUN AND EXCITEMENT FOR EVERYONE” in bold red letters.
Kids, with ages 15 and under admitted free, will receive a Kids Ticket upon entrance into the tournament on Family Day.
Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2014 Honda Classic are on sale at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 1-866-846-6328. Proceeds from The Honda Classic, an IMG-managed event, benefit Children’s Healthcare Charity, which awarded a record $2.13 million to South Florida children’s charities in 2013.
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