In an effort to promote health and wellness, as well as bring a slice of championship golf to the desert and instill the idea of being involved in improving the quality of life, the PGA along with Humana have partnered with the Clinton Foundation. to present the newly christened Humana Challenge.
Formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic, the Humana Challenge lasted 9 days from January 14-22 with a series of events lined up along with the participation of the 42nd President of the United States, William J. Clinton. With a new trophy, a new format and a new name, the Humana Challenge participated in the PGA West Golf Club in La Quinta, CA, which involved players, spectators and viewers in a variety of activities and events that revolved around the theme. of the life. wellness
On Saturday the 14th, the event began with the Humana Wellness walk along the Bear Creek Trail along with a Healthy Fun Fair that took place in Palm Desert that provided a series of interactive activities, as well as valuable information on health and wellness. . Sunday brought the Humana Farmers Market in Old La Quinta where I was able to sample some of the delicious vegetables and fruits that line the streets and allowed myself to share some friendly words and smiles with the large gathering of food seekers. The festivities continued on Monday and spectators were welcomed to one of the three fields and take a few rounds of practice from the pros or watch the Bob Hope Legacy Pro Am that took place on the private field of PGA West Nicklaus.
On Tuesday the Kickoff Breakfast was presented at the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce followed by the Clinton Foundation Conference with the keynote speaker being former President Bill Clinton with the theme focused on Activating Wellbeing in All Generations. Then it was time to play golf.
Starting Thursday, professional golfers such as Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, Anthony Kim, David Toms, Stuart Appleby, Justin Leonard, David Duval, Rich Been, and defending champion Jhonattan Vegas played alongside celebrities such as Alice Cooper, Morgan Freeman, Billy. Crudup, Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson, Don Cheadle, and legendary basketball hall of fame Julius Erving, better known as Doctor J.
The four-day tournament played the first three rounds in a pro-am format. Each team consisted of a professional and an amateur who played in groups of four, and the fans competed in daily and general competitions.
The final round was for professionals only. The size of the field expanded 16 professional spaces over the previous format, making it 144 professionals along with 144 amateurs. The number of courses used in rotation was reduced from four to three. Those three were La Quinta Country Club, PGA West Nicklaus Private, and PGA West Palmer Private. So, alongside the golf action that took place during the week, the Humana Challenge featured a series of activities that were designed to play a key role in how we all live to lead healthier lives.