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Friday, September 10

Media ADDITIONAL PARKING INFORMATION ANNOUNCED


MEDIA ADVISORY

ADDITIONAL PARKING INFORMATION ANNOUNCED FOR ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON

The first round of the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson is underway.  The beautiful weather combined with a strong PGA TOUR Champions field has already resulted in a fantastic leaderboard and an impressive turnout of golf fans at Norwood Hills Country Club.

Because more of the same is expected later today and through the weekend, the tournament is encouraging fans to consider carpooling to the event’s official General Parking location at Express Scripts on 8640 Evans Lane or arrive via Ride Share.  Both will help ensure efficient arrivals and departures for all fans.

In the event the parking lot at Express Scripts nears or reaches capacity on Saturday and Sunday, golf fans will be directed to the adjacent North Hanley Road Metrolink lot at 4398 No. Hanley Road, which has been designated for overflow parking.  The Express Scripts and Metrolink lots are both accessed via the North Hanley Road exit off Interstate 70, and free shuttles to Norwood Hills will operate from both locations.

For additional parking details please visit the traffic and parking section of the tournament’s website at, https://www.ascensioncharityclassic.com/tournament-info/traffic-parking/.

 

 

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Friday, September 3

FINAL FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR THE INAUGURAL ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON


Stellar field includes eight of the top-10 in the Charles Schwab Cup, 24 PGA TOUR Champions major championship title holders and eight World Golf Hall of Fame members

LOUIS (September 3, 2021) – Tournament officials announced today the final field for the inaugural playing of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. scheduled for next week, Sept. 6 – 12. This elite roster of 81* players collectively represent 243 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including 24 senior major championship titles.

The field also contains 19 PGA TOUR major championship wins and eight World Golf Hall of Fame members, including recent additions to the field, Collin Montgomerie, Olazábal, José María and Vijay Singh. Eight of the top-10 players in the Charles Schwab Cup ranking are represented, including the top four: two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer (No.1), 2003 U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk (No.2), 2020 SENIOR PLAYERS champion Jerry Kelly (No.3), and four-time major winner Ernie Els (No. 4).

The world-class field also features two-time Ryder Cup Captain and 1997 PGA Championship winner Davis Love III, 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, and fan favorite John Daly¾who has two major titles of his own. St. Louis natives Jay Delsing and Jay Williamson will also tee it up at Norwood Hills next week after receiving the tournament’s two unrestricted exemptions.

Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at ascensioncharityclassic.com. Two types of weekly admission options are available: A Clubhouse Ticket and 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.

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Thursday, September 2

Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson Pre-Qualifier and Monday Qualifier tournament details


MEDIA ADVISORY

Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson Pre-Qualifier and Monday Qualifier tournament details

  

WHAT

Pre-Qualifier and Monday Qualifier tournaments for the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson.

  

WHY

The results of Pre-Qualifier on Friday, September 3, will determine five playing positions within the official Monday Qualifier tournament on September 6. The final four spots in the Ascension Charity Classic’s field of competitors (total of 81 players) will come from the top four finishers in the Monday Qualifier tournament.

  

WHEN

Pre-Qualifier Tournament – Friday, September 3, with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.

Monday Qualifier Tournament – Monday, September 6, with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m.

 

 

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Wednesday, September 1

Champions Golf Event Promises to Provide a Boost for North County


By Stu Durando, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The initial pitch for St. Louis to host a tournament on the PGA Tour Champions was made with a stipulation, and it was important enough that organizers weren’t willing to bend.

The event was to be held at Norwood Hills Country Club or it wouldn’t be held.

Although busy through the years, the facility has not hosted a major professional tournament since 1973. But the selection of Norwood Hills, which is in Jennings, was about more than golf.

It was about bringing a charity event to north St. Louis County and pumping money into organizations and the community.

“Creating this was really contingent upon holding it in North County,” said Nick Ragone, executive vice president for Ascension. “That was the one condition we had as we started discussions. The tour came out and took a look and understood the vision.”

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Tuesday, August 31

Accenture announced as Official Global Professional Services Partner of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson


ACCENTURE TO HOST GOLF CLINIC FOR AREA YOUTH AT NORWOOD HILLS COUNTRY CLUB THURSDAY, SEPT. 9

LOUIS (August 31, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson today announced Accenture as the Official Global Professional Services Partner of the tournament.

Accenture, a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security, will host the first-ever Youth Clinic Thursday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m. at Norwood Hills Country Club.

A PGA TOUR Champions player and St. Louis TopGolf Professional Golf Instructor, Christian Heavens, will help lead the event, featuring young golfers from Diversity Golf; First Tee of Greater St. Louis; and PGA REACH Gateway. Select participants will compete in the Youth Challenge, with event highlights including a pro golf competition, closest to the pin and trick shot exhibition, straightest drive contest, and prizes.

“Accenture is proud to be the title sponsor of the first Youth Clinic at the Ascension Charity Classic,” said Taliya King, Managing Director, Accenture – Health & Public Service.  “Bringing an inclusive PGA TOUR Champions experience to youth golfers underscores Accenture’s overall commitment to the St. Louis community.”

“We’re thrilled to add Accenture, a global Fortune 500 company, to our growing list of sponsors and supporters of the Ascension Charity Classic,” commented Nick Ragone, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Ascension. “The Accenture Youth Clinic will be the perfect addition to our tournament week, providing another opportunity for youth in North St. Louis County to come together with their peers, and in this community, to grow the game of golf.”

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Monday, August 23

Masters champion Larry Mize joins Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson ambassadors and St. Louis natives Jay Delsing and Jay Williamson with exemptions to join the tournament’s 2021 field


ST. LOUIS (August 23, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced today that three of the tournament’s five exemptions have been filled. Larry Mize, Masters champion in 1987, has accepted one of the Ascension Charity Classic’s three restricted exemptions. Joining Mize when the inaugural event takes place the week of Sept. 6-12 at historic Norwood Hills Country Club will be two of the tournament’s ambassadors, St. Louis natives Jay Delsing and Jay Williamson, each receiving the Ascension Charity Classic’s two unrestricted exemptions.

The first-year PGA TOUR Champions event already boasts one of the strongest fields of the season, with eight of the top-10 players in the Schwab Cup standings and eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, including Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen, and Davis Love III.

Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at ascensioncharityclassic.com. 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. Limited pro-am spots are still available.

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Thursday, August 19

Major Championship winners Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen, Davis Love III, and Darren Clarke commit to the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson


ST. LOUIS (August 19, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced today that major championship winners Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen, Davis Love III, and Darren Clarke have committed to compete in the first playing of the Official PGA TOUR Champions stop, which is scheduled for the week of Sept. 6-12 at historic Norwood Hills Country Club.

These latest commits strengthen the tournament’s world-class field that already contains some of the PGA TOUR Champions top-ranked players, including Charles Schwab Cup standings leader Jerry Kelly, along with current United States Senior Open Champion, Jim Furyk (No. 3 in Schwab Cup rankings) and four-time major winner Ernie Els (No. 4).

The 81-player field for the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, competing over 54 holes of stroke play, will include five reserved positions for sponsor exemptions, three restricted and two unrestricted. The tournament will start announcing its exemptions in the coming week.

Tickets for the tournament can be purchased at ascensioncharityclassic.com. 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. Limited pro-am spots for Wednesday, September 8, are still available.

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Wednesday, August 18

St. Louis American Editorial Piece


St. Louis American: Ascension Charity Classic brings professional golf to North County


As the St. Louis region continues to rebound from COVID, the Ascension Charity Classic will be a unique chance to showcase the strength and diversity of North St. Louis County as the tournament is aired live nationally for all three rounds.

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Tuesday, August 10

Charles Schwab Cup leader Jerry Kelly joins 2021 U.S. Senior Open Champion Jim Furyk, four-time major championship winner Ernie Els and St. Louis native Jay Haas to highlight early commitments to inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson


TOURNAMENT AMBASSADORS TOM LEHMAN AND BILLY ANDRADE STRENGTHEN WORLD-CLASS FIELD

 

Public parking plan announced for Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson

 

LOUIS (August 10, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson today announced Charles Schwab Cup leader Jerry Kelly joins 2021 U.S. Senior Open champion Jim Furyk, four-time major champion Ernie Els and St. Louis native Jay Haas to highlight early commitments to the inaugural edition of the Official PGA TOUR Champions stop.

Ascension Charity Classic Ambassadors Tom Lehman and Billy Andrade also commit to compete at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. the week of September 6-12, 2021.

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Thursday, July 22

Missouri Division of Tourism announced as a Founding Partner of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson


Missouri Division of Tourism joins Centene Corporation as co-presenting sponsor of inaugural Legends Luncheon featuring golf greats Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson

 

TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS SEVERAL NEW OFFICIAL PARTNER COMMITMENTS

LOUIS (July 22, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced today its newest Founding Partner, Missouri Division of Tourism. Both the State of Missouri and the tournament are committed to supporting the region, including generating meaningful charitable dollars in North St. Louis County and the surrounding areas that are working to foster hope and better communities.

“I am very pleased that the State of Missouri will join other distinguished sponsors in support of this event,” said Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe. “I am grateful for the Ascension Charity Classic’s on-going philanthropic efforts and support of the North St. Louis County region. This official PGA TOUR Champions event will be a great opportunity to promote some of Missouri’s greatest tourism assets with the world.”

Additionally, Missouri Division of Tourism has joined forces with Centene Corporation to serve as a co-presenting sponsor of the Ascension Charity Classic’s Legends Luncheon set to take place later this month on July 29 at Norwood Hills Country Club. As a result, the name of the tournament’s new charity event is now the Legends Luncheon presented by Centene and Missouri Division of Tourism.

“The Ascension Charity Classic creates a terrific opportunity to share Missouri with a global audience, and further enhances our state’s reputation as a premier travel and golf destination,” said Stephen Foutes, Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism. “Golf fans, and viewers, are sure to enjoy watching this field of Champions Tour players in action, while also appreciating the tournament’s charitable components that help make this event a big win for Missouri.”

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Wednesday, July 7

St. Louis sports icons Ozzie Smith and Craig Berube join the Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson - Pairings Announced


Legends Charity Challenge exhibition to benefit First Tee of Greater St. Louis and PGA REACH Gateway

ST. LOUIS (July 7, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced today that former St. Louis Cardinals Hall-of-Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup-winning head coach Craig Berube are the third and fourth members of the tournament’s signature event, the Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology. Smith and Berube join golf’s greatest champion Jack Nicklaus and Missouri native and World Golf Hall-of-Famer Tom Watson to create a powerhouse foursome that will compete in an exhibition match to benefit charity.

The Legends Charity Challenge will take place on Saturday, September 11, following the final pairing of the tournament’s second round, and will begin on Hole No. 10 at Norwood Hills Country Club.

“Bringing together two St. Louis legends like ‘The Wizard’ and our Stanley Cup-winning coach Craig Berube, with arguably the greatest golfers of all time, is a dream come true for our inaugural event,” said Nick Ragone, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Ascension. “It’s going to be one highlight of so many for St. Louis fans and most importantly, proceeds will benefit two amazing charitable organizations.”

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Tuesday, March 9

Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson to Headline Inaugural Legends Luncheon for the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson


With tickets for the 2021 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson now on sale, tournament officials today announced a new charity event to be headlined by golf’s greatest champion Jack Nicklaus and Missouri native and World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson. The inaugural Legends Luncheon will take place on Thursday, July 29, at Norwood Hills Country Club.

The Legends Luncheon will showcase Nicklaus and Watson sharing stories from their playing days and a
Q&A with attendees. Luncheon attendance will be limited to the purchase of tables of 10 with all
proceeds benefiting charity, including the tournament’s three primary beneficiaries. Support for the
Legends Luncheon can be secured through emailing abyrd@ascensioncharityclassic.com or by calling the
tournament office at 314-938-2828.

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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

NICK RAGONE


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

NEW STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON


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

TICKETS, PRO-AM PACKAGES, AND HOSPITALITY OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2021 ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON


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 www.ascensioncharityclassic.com. 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 www.ascensioncharityclassic.com.

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

CONVERSATION WITH GOLF’S GREATS SHINES BRIGHT LIGHT ON DAY OF GIVING FOR THE ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON


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


ST. LOUIS
– 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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St. Louis American: Ascension Charity Classic brings professional golf to North County


As the St. Louis region continues to rebound from COVID, the Ascension Charity Classic will be a unique chance to showcase the strength and diversity of North St. Louis County as the tournament is aired live nationally for all three rounds.

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