Announcement submitted by Amy Biery Director of Communications Peter Jacobsen SPORTS:
NORTHWEST FOURSOME ADDS LOCAL FLARE TO UMPQUA BANK CHALLENGE 2012 Regence Pro-Am field includes mix of professionals and entertainers PORTLAND, Ore. (July 10, 2012) – The Umpqua Bank Challenge today announced that four additional golf professionals will be added to the main field of the upcoming event, set for August 26-28 at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha. This “Northwest Foursome” will showcase individuals, each with a local connection, who have either played or are trying to play on the PGA TOUR. This year’s foursome will include Oregon State University graduate and aspiring TOUR pro Vincent Johnson, and three additional players who will be announced at a later date. “This is a fun way to show Portland how the prominent players in the Northwest stack up against some of the top players in the world,” said Tournament Host Peter Jacobsen. “Vincent Johnson is an impressive young man who certainly has the ability to play on the PGA TOUR – I know he will hold his own on the leaderboard.” A Portland, Ore. native, Johnson turned professional in 2008 after attending Oregon State University on a golf scholarship. He played on the Gateway Tour during the 2008 season and, in 2009, earned a spot in the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open as the first recipient of the Charlie Sifford Exemption. Johnson picked up his first professional victory at the 2010 Long Beach Open.
2012 Regence Pro-Am Field The 2012 Regence Pro-Am field is shaping up to include a mix of unique personalities and talent – on and off the course! In addition to Johnson and main field pros Steve Elkington, Casey Martin, Scott McCarron and Jamie Sadlowski, this year’s Regence Pro-Am field will include: • Nico Bollini; An All-American and All-PAC-10 player at USC, Bollini has spent time playing on the European Challenge Tour. Bollini’s made a name for himself in the golf world with his hilarious impressions, and will once again entertain crowds at both the Sunday and Monday morning clinics. • Matt Griesser; An actor and comedian best known for his role as “Sign Boy” in the footjoy ad campaign, Griesser also played side-kick to Peter Jacobsen on his Golf Channel series Peter Jacobsen Plugged In. Griesser currently voices the talking wheel of cheese (aka Immature Cheese) for the Cheez It brand. • Angie Oberholser; Former University of Oregon golfer Angie Oberholser turned professional in 2000, and played on both the Symetra Tour and LPGA Tour through 2005. Formerly Angie Rizzo, Oberholser is married to PGA TOUR pro Arron Oberholser. • Chris O’Connell; Named one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers for the 2010-2011 season, O’Connell is a Lead Golf Instructor for the Plane Truth Golf Schools. His current PGA TOUR students include Matt Kuchar, Scott Piercy and Matt Weibring. O’Connell was a two-time Golf Captain at the University of Notre Dame. • Joe Ogilvie; A 16-year member of the PGA TOUR, Joe Ogilvie is the owner of four Web.com Tour victories, one PGA TOUR victory and more than $10 million in official career earnings. Ogilvie is currently playing a full season on the PGA TOUR, his best finish so far being T19 at the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii. • Amber Prange; A former collegiate golfer for the University of Washington and contestant on the reality TV program The Big Break X: Michigan, Prange made her LPGA Tour debut at the 2009 Canadian Women’s Open. • Holly Sonders; Sportscaster and co-host of Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, Sonders was a four-year member of the MSU Women’s Golf Team and helped lead the Lady Spartans to a Big Ten Championship in 2007. Additional pro-am professionals and celebrities will be announced at a later date.
2012 Ticket Sales Tickets for the 2012 Umpqua Bank Challenge are currently on sale. Tickets are available online through www.umpquabankchallenge.com or at participating Umpqua Bank stores. About The Umpqua Bank Challenge The Umpqua Bank Challenge, <http://www.umpquabankchallenge.com>, is a three-day exhibition-style golf tournament set for August 26-28, 2012 at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Ore. The Umpqua Bank Challenge will include The Regence Pro-am on Sunday and the main field competition on Monday and Tuesday, where PGA TOUR and Champions Tour professionals will play a best-ball format while paired into two-person teams. Hosted by PGA TOUR professional and Portland-native Peter Jacobsen, proceeds from The Umpqua Bank Challenge will benefit the tournament’s two partner charities; Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Oregon.
About Peter Jacobsen SPORTS Founded in 1988, Peter Jacobsen SPORTS, LLC, <http://www.peterjacobsensports.com>, is a full-service sports and entertainment marketing firm that specializes in event sales, management and operations, sponsorship consulting and player/talent relations. The company is independently owned and has more than 20 full-time employees across two offices in Portland, Ore. and Providence, R.I. Since its inception, PJS has managed more than 250 events around the United States.
About Umpqua Bank Umpqua Bank, <http://www.umpquabank.com>, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ) and has locations between San Francisco and Seattle, along the Oregon and Northern California Coast, and in Central Oregon and Northern Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for the past five years in a row on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies To Work For.” Umpqua Holdings also owns a retail brokerage subsidiary, Umpqua Investments Inc., which offers services through Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon. Umpqua’s Private Bank Division serves high net worth individuals and non-profits providing customized financial solutions and offerings. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit http://www.umpquabank.com.