Humana Classic Golf tournament

Bighorn Sheep on the golf course
Story and Photos by Pat Krause
Story and Photos by Pat Krause

The Humana Classic and the Clinton Foundation again partner to bring the Humana Golf tournament to La Quinta. A Media day was held on Dec. 5th where writers and golfers were informed about the upcoming golf tournament in January.

The Golf tournament was started and called the Bob Hope Classic 54 years ago. Humana wants to continue to honor Bob Hope with the Bob Hope Square, Memorabilia and a Hope trophy that is presented to the winner.

Humana partnered with the Clinton Foundation to promote health and wellness thru-out the tournament. They are expecting more top name golfers with the new format. There will be more celebrities playing golf in the pro-am. They are planning special days for our military, seniors and a kids day. All 4 courses that will be played are all in La Quinta with PGA West as the host course.

A few golfers have already committed to play such as Phil Michelson, Brandt Snedeker and last years winner, Mark Wilson. Celebrities will be announced shortly. The Clinton Foundation will again hold its wellness conference with many celebrities guest speakers including Barbara Streisand. Tony Bennet will entertain the players and guests at the Wed. night Gala.

Millions of dollars are raised each year and almost all of the money is donated to local charities. The Humana Challenge was named the top sports event of the 2012 year topping events like the Super Bowl.

The Clinton Foundation has built fitness parks for young and old around the US with one of the latest parks being built is in Desert Hot Springs and it will be finished and dedicated in Feb.