WINDERMERE, Florida, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The field for the 10th annual Tavistock Cup has been finalized with a collection of 24 players who include major champions, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team members and professional golf's most accomplished veterans.
The 2013 Tavistock Cup, which will be contested at Isleworth Golf & Country Club March 25 and 26 and televised live by the Golf Channel, features six teams for the first time in tournament history. Oak Tree National and Primland join Albany, Isleworth, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and Queenwood Golf Club in this PGA TOUR-sanctioned event known as the World Golf and Country Club Championship.
The six clubs will feature four-man teams.
Team Albany will include Tim Clark, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.
Team Isleworth's roster includes Tavistock Cup newcomer D.A. Points and returning players Brian Davis, Bo Van Pelt and Bubba Watson.
Team Lake Nona, four-time defending champion, is represented by Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson.
Tavistock Cup fixture Charles Howell III joins Team Oak Tree National along with Rickie Fowler, Bob Tway and Scott Verplank, who are all making their Tavistock Cup debuts.
Team Primland's Fred Couples, Bill Haas, Jay Haas and Webb Simpson will all be playing the Tavistock Cup for the first time.
Representing Team Queenwood, Tom Lewis will make his second Tavistock Cup appearance and Thomas Bjorn, Paul McGinley and Adam Scott return for their third Tavistock Cup start.
The professional members of these six golf clubs have collectively won more than 1,012 worldwide tournaments, including 67 major championships, through 2012.
Defending champion Team Lake Nona has collected five Tavistock Cup victories (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012). Isleworth won the Tavistock Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2008. The 2005 matches between Lake Nona and Isleworth ended in a tie following a sudden-death playoff.
The Tavistock Cup will be played on Isleworth's championship golf course, the creation of Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay and later redesigned by Steve Smyers. More than 25 years later, Isleworth is consistently ranked one of the longest and most challenging courses in the nation and features large, undulating, fast greens.
Established in 2004, the Tavistock Cup began as a friendly cross-town rivalry between Isleworth and Lake Nona's touring professional members. In 2011, the Tavistock Cup introduced a four-way competition for the first time by bringing in Albany and Queenwood. On its 10th anniversary, the Tavistock Cup expanded to a six-team contest with the addition of Oak Tree National and Primland golf clubs.
With a longstanding commitment to philanthropy, the Tavistock Cup through the Tavistock Foundation has generated millions of dollars for charity over the last decade. Beneficiaries throughout the years have included various player charities as well as The First Tee of Lakeland, Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The UCF Foundation and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.
The Tavistock Cup is unique in that tickets are not sold to the public. Only club members, sponsors, designated charities and invited guests are admitted to the two-day event, and there are no ropes separating the world's best players from the spectators.
The tournament will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel in the United States and Canada and airs on international affiliates throughout the United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, Latin America and South Africa. Visit www.tavistockcup.com for real-time live scoring of the 2013 Tavistock Cup.
ABOUT TAVISTOCK CUP
Established in 2004, the annual Tavistock Cup is an officially sanctioned PGA TOUR event that brings together the best golf and country clubs in a team competition. The two-day tournament admits only invited guests and is broadcast around the world. Featuring the best players in the game, the Tavistock Cup crowns the World Golf and Country Club Champion. For more information, visit www.tavistockcup.com.
ABOUT TAVISTOCK GROUP
Tavistock Group is an international private investment organization founded by Joe Lewis. With investments in more than 200 companies across 15 countries, Tavistock Group's investment portfolio includes: life sciences, sports teams and sporting events, manufacturing and distribution, oil, gas and energy, financial services, restaurants, commercial properties, private luxury residential properties, resort properties and master-planned real estate developments. For more information, visit www.tavistock.com.
Opened in 2010, Albany is a luxury resort community created by Tavistock Group, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. Nestled among approximately 600 oceanfront acres on the southwestern end of New Providence in The Bahamas, Albany is conveniently located seven minutes and five miles from Nassau's international airport. Albany features an array of residential offerings and amenities for all members of the family, including a well-appointed boutique hotel, a 71-slip mega-yacht marina, an Ernie Els-designed golf course, a fitness center and spa, an adult pool and bar, a family water park, a kids' clubhouse, and casual and fine dining restaurants. Albany's deep-water marina is being designed and built to aesthetically rival the great resort ports of the world. For more information, visit www.albanybahamas.com.
ABOUT ISLEWORTH GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Nestled amongst the Butler Chain of Lakes in southwest Orlando, Isleworth Golf & Country Club is a 600-acre private residential community with more than seven miles of shoreline and a championship golf course. Conceived by Arnold Palmer, designed by Ed Seay and enhanced by Steve Smyers, Isleworth's course is consistently ranked one of the longest and toughest in the nation for its generous, undulating and fast greens and has been a regular host of the PGA TOUR-sanctioned Tavistock Cup. Isleworth is home to an 89,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse where members have access to multiple dining venues and a fitness center. Members also enjoy tennis facilities, a year-round children's program, concierge services and 24-hour gated security. Isleworth's natural setting lends the perfect backdrop for its collection of monumental sculptures. Elegant estate homes, priced from $2 million to more than $20 million, are afforded commanding golf to water views. For more information, visit www.isleworth.com.
ABOUT LAKE NONA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Offering world-class education, exceptional family experiences and outstanding amenities, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has delivered the highest quality of living in Central Florida for more than 25 years. A vibrant, international population of members and residents enjoy an active lifestyle along with a full social calendar for recreation, celebration and entertainment. Lake Nona's Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course is world-ranked and has been a regular host of the PGA TOUR-sanctioned Tavistock Cup. Lake Nona also features a newly renovated fitness center, guest lodge, tennis courts and pool, year-round children's programming, as well as a trio of pristine lakes providing freshwater fishing and boating opportunities. Just outside the gates of this private sanctuary lie numerous parks and trails, diverse workspaces, as well as forthcoming retail and entertainment choices beside a cluster of hospitals, universities and research institutions setting new benchmarks in medical education, patient care and scientific research. For more information, visit www.lakenona.com.
ABOUT OAK TREE NATIONAL
Oak Tree National Golf Club is a 640-acre private, members-only golf club with an 18-hole championship course, a state-of-the-art teaching facility led by noted golf instructor E. J. Pfister, and a nationally recognized fitness center specializing in fitness programs and injury rehab for golfers. Located in the countryside of Edmond, Oklahoma, Oak Tree National was founded in 1976 by Ernie Vossler and Joe Walser. Oak Tree National was conceived by Pete Dye, who designed the course to be the most challenging in the United States. Characterized by hilly terrain and strong winds, the par-71 inland course has been host to several major tournaments. For more information, visit www.oaktreenational.com.
Located in southwest Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland is a 12,000-acre eco-conscious mountain resort offering championship golf, a distinctive lodge and cottages, refined dining and an array of outdoor activities. Primland features 26 lodge rooms and suites, mountain homes, cottages, and the one-of-a-kind Golden Eagle Tree House. In 2006, Primland became home to the Highland Course, a championship golf course designed by renowned links architect Donald Steel. The par-72, mountaintop course measures 7,053 yards and weaves its way through the surrounding landscape across ridgetops and over valleys. Primland offers an array of outdoor and indoor amenities, including fishing, hiking, hunting, tennis, a Native American-inspired spa, fitness center, movie theater, and formal and casual dining spaces that serve seasonal farm-fresh products. For more information, visit www.primland.com.
ABOUT QUEENWOOD GOLF CLUB
Queenwood Golf Club is a traditional private golf club nestled in the heart of the rolling Surrey countryside near London. Founded by American entrepreneur Frederick D. Green, Queenwood features a heathland course, extraordinary clubhouse facilities and a limited membership. Queenwood's course is the creation of David Kidd, widely known for his work at Bandon Dunes in Oregon. Providing sophisticated tranquility for members and their guests, Queenwood's clubhouse offers a wide array of services available throughout the year, including fine dining experiences and luxurious guestrooms. For more information, visit www.queenwood.co.uk.