Story by Dan Koett / Photos courtesy of Barbasol


Barbasol Championship Continues Support of Kentucky Charities

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic’s global impact on the daily lives of people around the world the PGA TOUR was planning on another epic season featuring the best golfers on the planet competing for coveted FedEx points at each of its 43 annual events. Included on the TOUR’s schedule was The Barbasol Championship, which was canceled in April due to the coronavirus. The tournament would have been played the second week in July at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. 

 "During this time of global uncertainty, it’s imperative for us to continue supporting our amazing local philanthropic community and the children and families they serve."

-Bryan Pettigrew
Barbasol Tournament Director

While professional golf is on hold in the Bluegrass for the moment, the charitable arm of the Barbasol Championship, Caddie127, has remained active supporting the five local charities it has been partnered with for the past two years. Caddie127, reflects the biblical principle from James 1:27 “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Just as Caddies and their players support one another, so will Caddie127 support local philanthropic organizations that benefit and empower women and children. Charitable partners of Caddie127 include All God’s Children,
Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK HealthCare), the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women and the Woodhill Community Center (Lexington Leadership Foundation).

“During this time of global uncertainty, it’s imperative for us to continue supporting our amazing local philanthropic community and the children and families they serve,” said Barbasol Tournament Director Bryan Pettigrew. “The critical services and programs they provide, to those most in need, are counted on now, more than ever.” 

To that end, the Barbasol Championship will host a Charity Golf Tournament at Champions on October 15 and 16 in support of these outstanding organizations. The evening of the fifteenth will feature a reception, “Taste of the PGA TOUR” dinner and signature cocktails from around the country, live entertainment, a golf apparel shopping experience and silent auction. The tournament itself will be held on the sixteenth with a noon, shotgun start to the scramble tournament. The highlight of the tournament will include PGA TOUR players coming to Lexington and playing with local golfers as each team competes for low scores and prizes throughout the day. 


Barbasol Championship
July 15-18, 2021
Champion Trace Golf Course
Nicholasville, KY

Additional support from the world of golf has ranged from telling the stories of these wonderful charities through the Barbasol Championship’s Kentucky media partners to providing direct financial contributions. TaylorMade contributed $4,900 to each of the five charities and the Arnold & Winne Palmer Foundation donated 100,000 meals to Lexington’s God’s Pantry Food Bank in the name of 2019 Barbasol tournament champion, Jim Herman. 

“We’re committed to promoting, strengthening and advocating for these fine organizations by all means available to us,” Pettigrew added. “Along with the rest of the world, we look forward to life getting back to a state of pre-coronavirus normalcy as soon as possible.” 

The 2021 Barbasol Championship will be played July 15 – 18, 2021 at Champions, an Arthur Hills designed golf course. The Barbasol Championship provides its winner with 300 FedEx Cup Points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship.



October 15-16, 2020
Champion Trace Golf Course Nicholasville, KY

Thursday, October 15
6pm Reception at Champions Clubhouse
7pm Taste of the PGA TOUR Dinner
8pm Entertainment & Check Presentations
9pm Silent Auction Concludes

Friday, October 16
8:30am Champions Driving Range Open
9am Bloody Mary Station
10:30am Registration Begins
Noon Shotgun Start 
5pm Awards Ceremony 19th Hole at Champions



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