Former Phoenix Open champs to play in upcoming Pro-Am benefit

Phoenix Open champions Tom Purtzer and Steve Jones, who also won the 1996 U.S. Open, three-time winner Ken Triplett and five-time champion Billy Mayfair and are among Champion Tour Pros who will take part in the inaugural Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament May 28 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed, 7,420-yard Geronimo Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club, 37700 Desert Mountain Parkway in Scottsdale.

Ronald McDonald House

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Arizona is the event’s Title Sponsor.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start slated for 9 a.m. on the course rated among the Top 20 in Arizona by Golf Digest.

Individual tickets are $500 and include greens fees, golf cart and the awards luncheon.  Luncheon tickets are $50. Sponsorships are available beginning at $1,250 and individual hole signs can be purchased for $300.

Proceeds from the event will support the mission and services at the Valley’s three Ronald McDonald Houses where families from around the state and across the globe stay when their children are undergoing often life-saving medical care in the Valley.  No family is ever turned away for not being able to pay the $15 nightly contribution that is asked.

In 2014, nearly 2,000 families stayed at Ronald McDonald Houses in the metro area.  Only 10 percent were able to pay the voluntary donation.  The average cost to house a family is $49 per night.  Since the first house opened in 1985, more than 42,000 family visits have been recorded.

Desert Mountain winds its way through dramatic boulders, deep washes, ravines and lush desert showcasing large elevation changes balanced by stunning plateaus.

Purtzer, often described in golf literature as having the “sweetest swing in golf” is an Arizona State University graduate who won five tournaments on the PGA Tour over three decades and four times on the Champions Tour.  Jones is an eight-time PGA Tour winner.

Triplett won championships at the Nissan Open, Reno-Tahoe Open and Chrysler Classic of Tucson.  Mayfair, who also played collegiately at ASU, won titles at the Greater Milwaukee Open, Motorola Western Open, The Tour Championship, Buick Open and Nissan Open, the latter in a playoff against Tiger Woods in 1998.

To register for the tournament, visit

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix or to volunteer or make a donation, visit

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