DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (November 28, 2017) – Halifax Health is the title sponsor of the 57th Annual Riviera Open pro-am golf tournament, which takes place December 1-3, at Riviera Country Club, 500 Calle Grande Street, Ormond Beach. Considered the “Grand Daddy of Professional Mini-Tour Golf,” the event is a part of the Florida Professional Golf Tour.
“Halifax Health is proud to be the title sponsor of this year’s Riviera Open. This iconic pro-am event, which is played on one of our area’s most beautiful courses, means a great deal to the local golfing community,” says Joe Petrock, executive director of Halifax Health – Foundation. He adds, “As a golf enthusiast myself, I am especially pleased to see the participation of our local Special Olympian golfers in this prestigious event.”
Top pro-am golfers from throughout the United States and Canada are expected to compete in this year’s event, including Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minnesota; Cory Howard, Jacksonville Beach; and Kevin Aylwin, New Smyrna Beach – all of whom are currently in the top five in the Florida Professional Golf Tour Player of the Year standings.
The Riviera Open will also include a golf clinic for Special Olympians from Volusia and Flagler counties on November 30. The clinic will be led by several golf professionals. The local athletes participating in the clinic all medaled in this year’s Special Olympics Florida state golf championship. In fact, one participant, golfer Caleb Kierstad, a student at Spruce Creek High School, will represent Special Olympics Florida – Volusia County at the Special Olympics International USA Games in Seattle in July.
“As a healthcare leader in our community for nearly 90 years, Halifax Health’s partnership with Riviera Country Club, which has been one of the area’s most popular courses for 64 years, makes perfect sense. Both Halifax Health and Riviera Country Club contribute greatly to the health and vitality of our community,” Petrock says.
Proceeds from the 57th Annual Riviera Open will go towards cardiology programs and services at Halifax Health Medical Center. For more information about the Riviera Open, call 386.677.2464.
About Special Olympics Florida – Volusia County
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults eight years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special Olympics Florida – Volusia County serves 1,789 athletes in Volusia and Flagler counties and offers 15 sports, including soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, cheerleading, softball, bowling, and stand up paddle boarding. specialolympicsflorida.org/volusia
About Riviera Country Club
Established in 1953, Riviera Country Club in Ormond Beach welcomes golfers from around the world. The 18-hole, par 71 course was named one of Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play in 2008-2009. Riviera Country Club features a complete pro shop with the latest in golf gear, a driving range and practice chipping and putting area. rivcc.com
Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.