Free Admission For Former and Active Members of the Military and Active First Responders in Honor of National Military Appreciation Week on July 7


ALBANY, NY (July 6, 2016) - I LOVE NEW YORK today announced a partnership with the 2016 PGA LECOM Health Challenge, which will take place Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10 at Peek'n Peak Resort in Clymer, Chautauqua County.

"We are excited to welcome the PGA tournaments to New York State," said Gavin Landry, Empire State Development Executive Director of the Division of Tourism, I LOVE NEW YORK. "New York is home to beautiful golf destinations like Peek'n Peak Resort, and a number of other amazing attractions, from hiking and biking throughout Allegany State Park, to rafting and kayaking at Chautauqua Lake, the largest inland body of water in the state of New York. We encourage visitors to explore and discover what they love about the Empire State during their visit here."

"This tournament is going to have a major economic impact on Western NY - we are expecting over 40,000 people throughout the week. Our hotels are full, businesses are bustling and visitors are spending money here," said Director and CEO of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency Kevin M. Sanvidge. "The last time that the PGA tournament took place in Chautauqua, it was 2007. It is great to have these young professionals back in Western NY. We look forward to tournament play this week and the PGA's return to New York State for the next three years."

The 2016 LECOM Health Challenge Tournament will be televised on The Golf Channel:

• Thursday, July 7: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST
• Friday, July 8: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST
• Saturday, July 9: 3 - 5 p.m. EST
• Sunday, July 10: 3 - 5 p.m. EST

The Golf Channel will air all four rounds of tournament play in the United States and in 192 other countries across the globe, with the potential to reach 93 million households.
In honor of National Military Appreciation Week, former and active members of the military, and active first responders and their spouses, will receive free admission on Thursday, July 7 to the tournament and passes to the Merit Industries Military and First Responders Appreciation Tent overlooking the 18th fairway. The Merit Industries Military Appreciation tent, courtesy of Erie, Pennsylvania-based Merit Industries, will include complimentary food and beverage service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ticket information is available online at
Event information is also available at, along with the diverse attractions and destinations found across the Chautauqua-Allegheny region and the rest of New York State.

Tournament play begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 7. Proceeds from ticket sales Thursday through Saturday will benefit the United Way of Northern and Southern Chautauqua County and Sunday's ticket sales will support Mikey's Way - a foundation dedicated to providing free electronic devices to hospitalized children to strengthen their connection with the outside world and serve as a much-needed distraction from long-term cancer treatments.
The Tour is "The Path" to the PGA TOUR. Since the Tour's inception in 1990, it has graduated 356 golfers to the PGA TOUR, with alumni winning 414 TOUR titles, including Johnson's Open Championship and Jason Day's win at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday.

The Tour previously conducted tournaments at Peek'n Peak Resort from 2002-07. Current PGA TOUR champions who competed at Peek'n Peak during their Tour careers include Open Champion Zach Johnson, FedExCup champions Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, and PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner.

The Tour is expected to have a direct economic impact of $5-6 million and indirect spending of $2-3 million.

About the LECOM Health Challenge
The LECOM Health Challenge is a Tour event hosted at Peek'n Peak's "Upper Course" July 4-10, 2016, with a similar timeframe anticipated for the 2017-19 tournaments. A weeklong schedule of events will include a Pro-Am on Wednesday, July 6, followed by four official rounds of tournament competition July 7-10, with a tournament purse of $600,000. With LECOM Health (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) serving as title sponsor and the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) acting as the host organization, proceeds from the tournament will benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, as well as Mikey's Way Foundation, the United Way, Jamestown Community College Foundation, The First Tee of Western New York, among others. For more information, visit


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Melanie Klausner
Finn Partners
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Eric Scheffel
Empire State Development
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