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Thursday, February 18

Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson welcomes Hale Irwin, Tom Lehman and Billy Andrade as Tournament Brand Ambassadors

ST. LOUIS – The Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, the PGA TOUR Champions event that will be hosted at Norwood Hills Country Club, announced today that three players, including World Golf Hall of Fame and all-time PGA TOUR Champions career winner Hale Irwin, have joined the team as brand ambassadors for the inaugural tournament, which will take place this fall during the week of Sept. 6-12.

Irwin, a Missouri native, has 45 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including six major championships, and he has claimed two Charles Schwab Cup titles. Irwin is a 20-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including three U.S. Open victories.

Hale Irwin will be joined on the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson ambassador team by former The Open Champion Tom Lehman and four-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Andrade. Lehman has notched 12 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including three senior major championship wins and two Charles Schwab Cup titles, while Andrade has recorded three victories since turning 50.

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Wednesday, February 17


By Nathan Rubbelke  –  Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal

Feb 18, 2021 Updated Feb 19, 2021, 6:55am CST

When Nick Ragone joined Ascension in 2014, the St. Louis-based health system was focused on creating a more integrated operating model.

Key to that effort was a national rebranding to include the unified Ascension name on all of Ascension’s local health systems and locations. It’s an effort of which Ragone has been at the forefront of in his role as executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer for the nonprofit Catholic health system with more than 2,600 sites of care.

Today, Ascension’s rebranding initiative is about 95% complete.

“To our knowledge, it’s the largest ever rebrand in the health care space,” Ragone said.

Ragone has also helped spearhead the Ascension Charity Classic, a senior professional golf tournament set to hold its inaugural event later this year at Norwood Hills Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will go to local charitable organizations.

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Tuesday, November 10


Alonzo Byrd named Director of Business Development and Community Engagement of first-year PGA TOUR Champions event    


ST. LOUIS – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson today announced that longtime St. Louis-area business and civic leader Alonzo Byrd has been named director of business development and community engagement of the HNS Sports Group managed, first-year PGA TOUR Champions event at Norwood Hills Country Club.

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Wednesday, October 7


Celebrity Exhibition - Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology - featuring Jack Nicklaus announced for inaugural tournament

ST. LOUIS – Tournament Officials announced today that tickets for the 2021 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson are now available for purchase at The inaugural PGA TOUR Champions event is set to be played the week of September 6¾12 at renowned Norwood Hills Country Club. Two types of weekly admission options are available, a Clubhouse Ticket as well as a Grounds Ticket. Daily tickets are also offered. Tickets start at $20, and kids 16 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult.

The tournament also announced today the details surrounding the event’s Official Pro-Am Tournaments and hospitality options. Pro-Am participants will play side-by-side with the greats of golf on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9, on the tournament course at Norwood Hills. Hospitality options range from private or shared venues that provide a premiere experience and serve as an ideal way to entertain clients, reward customers and network with other business leaders. Additional details are available at

In related news, it was announced today that the Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology will join the 2021 tournament week schedule of events on Saturday, September 11. The Legends Charity Challenge competition will feature golf’s greatest champion Jack Nicklaus together with three additional celebrity members to create a powerhouse foursome that will play a nine-hole exhibition match at Norwood Hills to benefit charity. Additional details, including celebrity participants, pairings and charitable impact will be announced soon.

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Friday, October 2


Tournament donates $225,000 in support of North St. Louis County communities and Ascension Charity Classic charities

– The Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson yesterday officially kicked off its countdown to the inaugural tournament, that will now be contested September 6¾12, 2021, by hosting a round of golf at the tournament’s host venue, Norwood Hills Golf and Country Club, and a special virtual conversation with golf legends, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Hale Irwin, moderated by PGA TOUR Champions professional and Ascension Ambassador Billy Andrade. The exclusive chat was also available for select guests via a virtual livestream option.

“It is such a privilege to be a part of an event that is positively impacting St. Louis and north county in my home state of Missouri,” said Tom Watson. “I’m excited to see professional golf return to a region that is filled with passionate, dedicated fans with a history of charity giving and community engagement.”

During the day of celebration, the Ascension Charity Classic announced a $225,000 donation in support of North St. Louis County communities, with $75,000 given to each of the tournament’s three primary beneficiaries, Marygrove, a residential treatment and support facility for children and teens struggling with debilitating emotional and behavioral issues resulting from abuse, neglect and other trauma; the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

“While we’re disappointed that we had to postpone the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, we’re delighted that we were still able to deliver charitable donations to our three primary beneficiaries,” said Nick Ragone, Ascension Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.  “The St. Louis community has rallied around this event and understands the impact it will have on north county for years to come. We’re already planning for a spectacular inaugural event in September of 2021!”

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Friday, August 7

The inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson rescheduled for 2021 due to health concerns related to COVID-19

Revitalization of North St. Louis County communities and support of tournament charities remain focus this year


ST. LOUIS – The PGA TOUR Champions and Ascension announced today that the 2020 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson and associated events scheduled for September 28 – October 4 will be canceled this year due to the on-going health crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of continued concerns and the serious impact of the COVID-19 virus throughout the country and specifically within St. Louis and St. Louis County, tournament organizers have made the decision to move the inaugural event to 2021. Tournament officials have worked closely with the St. Louis County health department and local officials throughout this pandemic to continuously monitor and assess the situation. “It’s not what any of us wanted, but the PGA TOUR and Ascension made the right decision for our region,” said Winston Calvert, Chief of Staff to St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.

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Wednesday, June 24

Community Impact of Ascension Charity Classic Boosted with Sponsorships from Emerson and World Wide Technology

ST. LOUIS – Two St. Louis-based companies, Emerson and World Wide Technology, have signed on for four-year sponsorship commitments to the Ascension Charity Classic golf tournament to be held in North St. Louis County the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2020.

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Friday, November 15

Tickets Now Available for the Inaugural Ascension Charity Classic

First annual PGA TOUR Champions event set to debut the week of September 28 – October 4, 2020 at Norwood Hills Country Club.

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Tuesday, October 8

Professional Golf is Returning to St. Louis in 2020 with the Ascension Charity Classic

On Tuesday at Norwood Hills Country Club, in North County, the PGA announced that the PGA Tour Champions—a group of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 33 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame—will begin a four-year tour in partnership with the nonprofit Catholic health care system Ascension in 2020.

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Tuesday, October 8

PGA TOUR Champions Coming to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – PGA TOUR Champions and Ascension today announced a four-year partnership to host a new professional golf tournament in St. Louis. The Ascension Charity Classic will debut September 28 – October 4, 2020 at Norwood Hills Country Club in North County. It’s the first time the PGA TOUR has hosted an annual event in the St. Louis region since 2001, and the first major sporting event in recent times to be hosted in North County. All proceeds to benefit North County and St. Louis Charities.

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