Cox Classic Goes Mobile in 2012, Selects AppShark as Mobile Provider
OMAHA, Neb. - Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha announced today (6/15/12) that a mobile application will be available for the first time during the 2012 tournament. The new app will provide Cox Classic fans volunteers and sponsors instant access to scores, high-definition course information, special events schedules and event coupons. This cutting edge app will provide a unique experience for tournament fans and volunteers, giving them unprecedented access to tournament and Champions Run course details. Powered by HTML5 technology, the app will be accessible on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, all from one mobile interface.
Designed and developed in partnership with AppShark, an Omaha-based software solutions provider, the Cox Classic mobile app was designed with strong user experience in mind. Using the latest in mobile app technology, it integrates social media sharing through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. Features will provide golf fans everything they need to engage in the excitement of the tournament and its philanthropic mission.
"We really wanted this app to extend the "Cox Classic" experience before, during and after the tournament by providing valuable content that fans, volunteers and sponsors of the tournament have asked for over the last few years," said Chad Mardesen, Cox Classic tournament director. "We pride ourselves on being one of the most innovative tournaments on the tour, and we think this app reinforces that statement."
The 2012 Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha runs July 30-Aug. 5 at Champions Run. The tournament attracts more than 100,000 spectators and recruits more than 1,000 volunteers each year and has given more than $1.8 million to local community organizations while generating more than $9 million per year in economic impact to the city of Omaha and the state of Nebraska.
Cox Classic Announces 2012 Sponsor Exemptions - Nate Lashley and Richard Terga
Nate Lashley began his professional golf career making it to the final stage of Q-school in 2005. Making it to the 3rd and final stage of the 2005 PGA Tour Qualifying School guarantees a player PGA or Nationwide status. Prior to his qualification, in 2004, Nate was a pivotal member of the University of Arizona's golf team, his 40 foot birdie putt at the NCAA West Regionals helped move them to the NCAA Championships. The Cox Classic will mark Nate's first tournament of 2012.
Richard S. Terga a Miami, FL native is currently in his 5th year at The Breakers resort as a teaching professional. Richard competes in numerous mini tours including: Gateway Tour, South American Tour, Asian Tour, and the Minor League Golf Tour. Richard has more than a dozen MLGT event wins, and is the all-time leading money winner on the tour. He is also the winner of the 2010 and 2011 Grey Goose Palm Beach Open. He attended Florida International College on a full Golf Scholarship, and turned pro in 1999.
The Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha is the premiere event on the Nationwide Tour. Each year, some of the best golfers in the world compete to take that next step to the PGATOUR. Thousands of fans turn out to not only see these great golfers, but also support the 12 charities we support.
The Cox Classic presented by Lexus takes place at the Champions Run Country Club. Soak up the panoramic view - 200 acres of green impeccable bentgrass fairways, rolling berms and grassy knolls - all maintained to tournament standards. Our nationally acclaimed 18-hole championship course engages all skill levels, boasting five tees on every hole. Designed by acclaimed golf course architect Jeffrey Brauer, our private country club is nestled in the valley on one of Omaha's finest executive communities in the northwest corner of the city. The 2012 tournament will run July 30 - August 5.
Grote Announced Chairman of the Board
Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha announced today that Gary Grote, Group President for Great Western Bank, has been voted Chairman of the tournament board.
Grote succeeds Jerry Pont, President of Double Eagle Ventures, who served as Chairman for the last five years. Pont will remain on the Board as Past Chairman.
“The Cox Classic, presented by Lexus Omaha, is a significant event and continues to contribute to the vitality of the community,” Grote said. "As chairman, my goal is to emphasize and remind city and business leaders of the important role of this event for Omaha and local charities -- a role the tournament has nurtured and grown for more than 15 years."
Grote, Group President – Omaha Metro for Great Western Bank, has been on the Cox Classic board for last seven years, most recently as Vice President. “I am excited about my new duties for this event which continues to play an important part in the support of Omaha and the surrounding communities.”
A native of Shickley, Neb, Grote graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been in the banking industry for 20 years. He also volunteers for the Rose Theater, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Nebraska Bankers Association.
Also elected as officers to the board are: Vice President – Bill Conley, University of Nebraska Omaha; Treasurer – Tony Urban, McGladrey; and, Secretary – Claudia Martin, Redstone Communications. Rachel Lewis, Woodman of the World, has also been added to the tournament board as the new representative for the Omaha Jaycees.
For the 2011 Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha, the tournament dispersed $101,450 to the twelve local charities. Since the beginning of the tournament, over $1.9 million has been given to the charities involved.
The 2012 tournament dates for the 17th Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha are July 30 through August 5, 2012.