Even occasional golfers know that a safe approach shot often turns out best in the end – leaving room for a makeable putt, chip or getting back into the playing field. And in 2021, the “safe approach” means something else for this year’s Regions Tradition.
Following protocols issued by the CDC, other health agencies and the PGA TOUR, the organizers of the yearly golf tournament sponsored by Regions, have developed a safe approach that will help bring hall-of-fame golf talent back to Birmingham and make the event safe and fun for those who want to attend. And with the return of golf also comes the return of support for local charities, the impact to small business and the family-friendly, community event that has been a staple in Birmingham for 25+ years.
To be held May 5-9, 2021 at the Greystone Golf and Country Club, this year’s tournament promises to be unlike any in the past, combining the familiar and the new:
- The tournament remains one of the premier stops of the PGA TOUR Champions. The event will once again feature Hall of Fame caliber golfers competing for one of the Champions Tour majors, and a celebrity pro-am with some of the biggest names around including:
- Pros — Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Bernhard Langer, John Daly and Vijay Singh
- Celebrities – Nick Saban, Bo Jackson, Kirby Smart and John Bell (lead singer of Widespread Panic)
- The event provides a vital, economic boost to the local and state economy, with an estimated annual economic impact of $25 million (statewide).
- The tournament – even in 2020 when it was not held – continues to be a significant generator of charitable support and donations. In fact, the total amount raised in 2020 represents the largest amount raised in one year in the history of the tournament – $1.2 million raised for charities across the area – with Children’s of Alabama receiving the largest levels of support.
- The tournament will have outdoor viewing for golf and open air/non-enclosed tents. Masks will be required, except while eating and drinking.
Event organizers and the PGA expect to announce later in April the final allowances and rules around ticketing and attendance.
Interested in volunteering for the tournament? Visit www.regionstradition.com and learn how you can be a part of the excitement.
Look for more information and coverage of the tournament on Doing More Today in the coming weeks and during tournament week.
New Protocol for the 2021 Regions Tradition?
- Masks are required (except when eating/drinking) and will be available
- Patrons will be asked to socially distance
- No autographs or fist bumps with players
- Fans are welcome to bring tailgate chair for viewing (no public bleachers/grandstands)
- Tents will be open air/not enclosed
- Cashless transactions
- Packaged/prepackaged food.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided to all incoming patrons
The Regions Tradition has a history of supporting many charities, now raising $19 million for charity in its nearly 25+ years.