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LECOM Suncoast Classic: Everything You Need to Know 🏌️‍♂️

  • March 17, 2023
  • | 12:00 PM

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The LECOM Suncoast Classic is a PGA Tour-sanctioned golf tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour, where young golfers try to fulfill their dreams of playing on the PGA Tour. Current PGA Tour stars such as Scottie Scheffler, Will Zalatoris, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, and Jordan Spieth – all got their start on the Korn Ferry Tour.

In addition to standard gallery tickets, “Champions Club” VIP passes are also available. These passes provide an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, socialize with friends and family, or entertain clients, customers, or employees in the upscale Champions Club tent on 18th Green.

Full bar, lunch, and snacks are included in the ticket price, and you and your guests can take in all the action on the course. For golf fans of all ages, games, food, beverages, and activities can be found in the Fan Zone near the 18th green.

As part of its commitment to the future of golf, as well as the community (both near and far), the LECOM Suncoast Classic offers children aged 17 years and younger, first responders, active-duty military, and veterans FREE admission each day of the tournament at the gate.

Event Details

🗓 April 20-23
🎟 $20 – $175+
📍Lakewood National Golf Club

🚗 Parking
📍Premier Sports Campus

🕚 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Interview with the Tournament Director

We caught up with the Tournament Director, Justin Kristich, to ask him a few questions about LECOM. Tap the read more button to see what he had to say!

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Every day is different, my job duties fluctuate daily, weekly, and monthly. There really is no typical day, which makes it a really fun career.

What’s the most fun part of your job?
I meet so many interesting people throughout the year, both within the local community and within the golf circles. I also get to golf a lot, which is nice!

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
As much as I try to be proactive on many aspects of the event, a lot of what I handle is reactive for the 6 weeks or so leading up to the tournament. Currently, the biggest challenges are similar to what many other businesses and industries are going through right now–inflation, increased cost of goods and services, labor shortages, etc.

Tell us something about the Korn Ferry Tour that may surprise the average golf fan.
Korn Ferry Tour graduates have accounted for 25 Major wins and almost 600 total wins on the PGA TOUR. If you come out to a Korn Ferry Tour event, you will witness several future superstars and Hall of Famers.

How long has the LECOM event been held in Bradenton?
The first event was held in 2019

What does it mean for the community to have such a great event every year?
We’ve raised over $600,000 for non-profits since 2019. We’re able to offer a high-end event at a really inexpensive price point for everyone in the community. The event also brings in millions of dollars each year to the local business community (restaurants, hotels, vendors, etc.)

What other fun things are available for an attendee besides golf?
I hear there are some great hospitality sections. We have a great fan zone with over 25 different vendors set up, including food trucks, beer, and an awesome Tito’s bar. We also have family-friendly areas complete with games and activities. For the person looking for high-end hospitality, we have an all-inclusive VIP Champions Club tent on the 18th Green.

Do you play golf?
Yes, and for as much as I play, I should be way better.

Any favorite courses?
I’m biased toward Lakewood National obviously, but my 2nd favorite course in the area is Sara Bay Country Club. Outside of Florida, I love golfing in northern Michigan during the summer.

How long have you lived in the area?
I was born and raised in Punta Gorda and have lived all over Florida. I’ve been in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch area since 2010.

What do you love most about living in the Bay Area?
The abundance of things to do year-round and the friendly, low-key lifestyle the west coast of FL has to offer.

Lastly, brave enough to make any predictions this week?
Not really a brave prediction, but Taylor Montgomery finished 3rd in 2020 and 2nd in 2021. It only makes sense that he takes that final step and wins the event in 2022.

  • Par

    The # of strokes it should take a pro golfer to make on a hole or course. If the par on a hole is 4 and they score in 4 hits, they have scored par. Scoring under par is good, but over par is not ideal.

  • Eagle

    When a player is 2 under par on a hole. For example, if the par on a hole is 5, they have scored an eagle if they score a 3.

  • Birdie

    When a player is 1 under par on a hole. For example, if the par on a hole is 4, they have scored a birdie if they score a 3.

  • Bogey

    When a player scores 1 over par. For example, if the par on a hole is 4 and they score a 5, they have scored a bogey.

  • Double Bogey

    When a player scores 2 over par. For example, if the par on a hole is 4 and they score a 6, they have scored a double bogey.

  • The Green

    The area of trimmed grass around each hole.

  • The Fairway

    The stretch of grass directs you to the hole.

  • The Rough

    The areas of longer grass along the fairway.

  • Keep your phone on silent

    Using your phone to take photos and videos is okay, just make sure the volume stays off.

  • Speak softly

    Make sure to speak quietly when you’re in earshot of a player taking his turn or putting–you don’t want them to lose their focus.

  • Practice your golf clap

    Gentle applause is perfectly welcome when a golfer makes a good shot.

  • Be courteous

    Try not to move locations or walk around while golfers take their shots. If you’re unsure when the best time to move is, follow along with the other spectators.

  • Following players

    If there’s one particular golfer you’re following through the tournament, make sure you give them plenty of space to avoid breaking their focus.

  • Try not to touch any ‘live’ balls

    If a golf ball lands near you, don’t worry about picking it up or moving it–leave it where it lies.

  • Remember to have fun

    Sure, some guidelines will need to be followed, but most importantly, make sure you’re enjoying your time.

  • Plan Your Outfit

    • Don’t worry about dressing too fancy or flashy as golf tournaments lean more on the modest side of fashion. Things like polos, sundresses, and khakis will be perfect!
    • You’ll be doing a lot of walking outdoors, so make sure to wear shoes and clothing that you are comfortable in.

  • Sunscreen

    The Florida sun is no joke. Make sure to put on sunscreen throughout the day to prevent sunburn.

  • Water

    As always, drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

  • Not Allowed Items

    Small bags and small clear bags are welcome, just be careful with the larger items. Tap here for a full list of things you can and can’t bring.

  • Driving Range

    The driving range is a great area to see all the players warming up for the tournament in one spot.

  • Behind the tee on par threes

    Here, you can get a few feet away from players as they hit shots.

  • Around the 18th Green

    Watching from here is a great place to watch players finish their game.

  • Follow your favorite player

    If you have a favorite player or someone you’re interested in watching, follow them for a few holes to watch how they do.

  • Avoiding Crowds

    "If you want to get away from the crowds, there is a great knoll to the right of the 16th green where you can see golf shots on 3 different holes." - Justin K., Tournament Director

  • Fun Zone

    "The nucleus of the event is around the 18th green, tiki bar, and fan zone area. That’s always the most fun area to hang out." - Justing K., Tournament Director

Directions From Tampa

To get to the Premier Sports Campus from Tampa International Airport, it’s fastest to take I-275 South, across beautiful Tampa Bay, toward Bradenton, Fla.

Take I-275 South for 20 miles before merging onto I-75 South. Follow I-75 for 21 miles. Take exit 217 (State Road 70 East). Turn left on State Road 70 East and follow it for 10.6 miles.

Turn left on Lorraine Road and follow it for 4.2 miles. Turn right onto 59th Avenue East. 59th Avenue East ends at the Premier Sports Campus.

Getting to the LECOM Suncoast Classic

Lakewood National Golf Club is located less than an hour from Tampa and Tampa International Airport. However, parking for tournament spectators is off-site. Keep reading for more details.

If you’re driving to the LECOM Suncoast Classic, parking will be located at the Premier Sports Campus, not at the Lakewood National Golf Club. The Premier Sports Campus is located at 5895 Post Boulevard in Bradenton, Florida.

A free shuttle will take you straight to the Premier Sports Campus to the tournament entrance!

Find Things to Do in Lakewood Ranch 📍

Stop by the GROVE if you’re feeling hungry! Looking for something special to eat? Not only are they a sponsor for LECOM, but their food is seriously delicious. From Brunch to happy hour specials, if you want it, they got it.

Places to Stay 🏫

Staying in Lakewood Ranch for the tournament? There are tons of great hotels in the area!

Ready for the LECOM Suncoast Classic?

Now that you know everything and have the perfect trip planned, don’t forget to purchase tickets to the LECOM Suncoast Classic! It’s a unique experience you don’t want to miss.

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