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'Peter's Party' Moving to The Reserve


After being resurrected following a eight-year hiatus, Peter Jacobsen's annual tournament will be moving to a new "old" venue. Jacobsen's former Fred Meyer Challenge, which enjoyed a 17-year run before being renamed the Umpqua Bank Challenge in 2011, will shift from Portland Golf Club to The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, a 36-hole facility in Aloha, Ore.

Organizers estimated that 15,000 fans attended the three days of the August 2011 event at Portland GC, and don't expect a drop-off in attendance with the new venue west of the Rose City, Jacobsen's hometown.

The 2012 event, which includes a pro-am and two days of tournament play, will be held on The Reserve's North Course, which was designed by Robert Cupp.

The facility is familiar with hosting big tournaments. In addition to holding "Peter's Party" from 1998 to 2002, the neighboring John Fought-designed South Course hosted the Jeld-Wen Tradition, a Champions Tour major, for four years before moving to Sunriver in Central Oregon in 2007 for a four-year run. The event is now held in Alabama.

"The Reserve has always been a great partner to PJS, and I couldn't be happier to continue our relationship with them," Jacobsen told The Oregonian's Mike Tokito. "The course is spacious and fan-friendly, and gives us the opportunity to create an extremely special event."

The tournament features a mix of PGA and Champions tour players. The PGA Tour's Scott McCarron and Steve Elkington won the inaugural Umqqua Bank Challenge. The field also included such major champions as Arnold Palmer - with whom the tournament host is always paired, Nick Price, Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara, Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw.

For more information, visit http://www.petersparty.com/.