The 2021 Barracuda Championship has come to an end. While we didn’t have quite as many ‘firsts’ like last year, we do have a new champion who won his first PGA Tour with us here at Old Greenwood. Erik van Rooyen won with 50 points, which is “the best winning total since 2012 when the Modified Stableford scoring format was introduced.”
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 9, 2021
That scoring record aside, Erik joins a long list of competitors who won their first PGA TOUR event at the Barracuda Championship. All past champions since 2016 are first-time PGA TOUR champions. 2015 champion JJ Henry became the only competitor to win the Barracuda Championship twice (2012) since the scoring format was changed. The Barracuda Championship is the only PGA Tour event that uses Modified Stableford scoring.
Giving back at the Barracuda Championship
The Barracuda Championship has a legacy of charitable giving, and as of June 2021, the event has helped The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation donate $4.6 million to dozens of charities. The amount raised this year will be available on the event website soon.
This year we also partnered with Youth on Course, which provides youth opportunities and access to golf courses across the country.
Our #TeamYOC caddies and our special “On Course Correspondent” Karen rocked it today at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship Pro-Am! Old Greenwood was the perfect setting for a fun day of meeting new friends and mentors along with enjoying some great golf. ☀⛳ @CudaChamp pic.twitter.com/OXNxyYFgzP
— Youth on Course (@yocgolf) August 5, 2021
Meet Karen 😊 She’s a YOC member who will be taking over our IG story @yocgolf tomorrow from the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship Pro-Am. More than 35 YOC members will be experiencing the event inside the ropes as youth caddies and Karen will help capture it all! #FollowAlong pic.twitter.com/8OTX8Xj2N6
— Youth on Course (@yocgolf) August 3, 2021
We hope you were able to enjoy the Barracuda Championship at the course or through media coverage and social media. Next year the event will take place July 11-17, and we’d love to see you there!
— Barracuda Championship (@CudaChamp) August 9, 2021
A dream come true! Still buzzing from everything that happened on Sunday!
This one goes to my amazing wife Rose and our baby daughter Valerie. What an incredible month it’s been!
Thanks for everyone’s support! pic.twitter.com/XiLRRZxnxR
— Erik van Rooyen (@FredVR_) August 10, 2021
We can't wait to have you back July 11-17, 2022.⛳ pic.twitter.com/kPvhRBdBWH
— Barracuda Championship (@CudaChamp) August 11, 2021
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology and project management credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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