Boeing Championship

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The Boeing Golf Championship at Sandestin marked the single largest event in the history of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort as a national and international audience had the opportunity to see the greatest players on the PGA Champions Tour compete at Raven Golf Club at Sandestin.

Over the course of the 2006 and 2007 tournaments more than 120,000 spectators lined the fairways, greens and tees at Raven Golf Club to witness one of the strongest fields on the Champions Tour each year. The Sandestin golf tournament became an instant favorite for players, their families, sponsors, PGA and Golf Channel officials alike.

In 2007, Loren Roberts charged to a three-stroke victory on Sunday, walking away from the Sandestin golf tournament with $247,500. Starting off the day three strokes behind leader Jay Haas, Roberts attacked the Destin, Florida golf course, shooting a final round 65. Playing outside of the final pairing, which also included heavy hitters Eduardo Romero and Tom Purtzer, Roberts easily held the lead as the round came to a close, despite a bogey on 18. The 16 under par 197 was Roberts’ first win of the year, and helped propel him to his first Charles Schwab Cup title at the end of the 2007 season.

In 2006, Bobby Wadkins shot a then-course-record 62 in the first round of the Boeing Golf Championship and held off a hard charging Raymond Floyd who fired a final round 63 to take home his first win of 2006. Wadkins went on to finish in the top ten on the Champions Tour money list in 2006 and revive his career.

At the conclusion of the 2006 season, ranked the par four eighteenth hole at Raven Golf Club the most difficult on the Champions Tour that year with a stroke average of 4.577. The par four ninth and par three sixteenth holes at Raven also ranked in the top ten in 2006, furthering Raven Golf Club’s reputation as one of the best golf courses in the country. In 2008, Golfweek magazine named Raven Golf Club #39 on its list of the "Best Tour Courses You Can Play" for 2006 and 2007. The list considered every course that hosted an event on the PGA, LPGA, Nationwide and Champions Tours over those years.

Following the 2007 event, the Boeing Company bowed out as the title sponsor as did Buffalo Rock CEO Jimmy Lee, who started the Sandestin golf tournament in 1995. Lee estimated that an investment of at least $2 million from a title sponsor, or other Sandestin golf tournament sponsorships, would be required to bring the tournament back to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Florida.

When asked about the Champions Tour continuing to play at Sandestin, Roberts said, "We’d love to keep this tournament here. This is a quality golf course. I think if you ask everybody on the Champions Tour where they rank this golf course, I know it would be in everybody’s top five."