President Clinton Welcomes Players, Fans to Humana Challenge
LA QUINTA - Tournament play is officially underway in La Quinta at the 2012 Humana Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic. Former President Bill Clinton welcomed the field of professional and amature players Thursday morning, along with crowds of spectators at both PGA West and La Quinta Country Club.
The 42nd President of the United States is in the Coachella Valley this week as the Clinton Foundation is co-sponsoring the world-class golfing event, The Humana Challenge. The President was the keynote speaker at a national health and wellness conference in Indian Wells on Tuesday. He'll play in a foursome on Saturday that includes Humana Chairman and CEO Mike McCallister, Golf Hall of Famer, Greg Norman and La Quinta resident and PGA Tour winner Scott McCarron.
President Clinton played in the tournament's first round in 1995 with Bob Hope, Presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford and Scott Hoch.
The Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation runs January 19-22 at La Quinta Country Club and the Palmer and Nicklaus Private Courses at PGA West in La Quinta.
It's $5.6 million purse and $1.008 million winner's check are the largest in event history, according to Humana Challenge organizers. During the past 52 years, the Bob Hope Classic and now the Humana Challenge has generated more than $50 million in donations to the Eisenhower Medical Center and various charities within the Coachella Valley.
For more information about the challenge visit www.humanachallenge.com.