For the third year, the LECOM Health Challenge returned to the beautiful Upper Course at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY. The course always seems to bring out the best in the Web.com Tour players, and this year was no exception. We saw some stellar scores atop the leaderboard (Rochester native and Western New York resident Dudley Heart even led at one point), all of which were bested by Argentina’s Nelson Ledesma at twenty-two under par.
Nelson notched his first career Web.com Tour victory at the LECOM Health Challenge, and he’s now well on his way to joining the elite ranks of the world’s best golfers on the PGA TOUR.
The amazing young talent who play in the LECOM Health Challenge are just one of the main attractions. There’s much more to enjoy about this tournament that will be held again next year in the nearby Chautauqua-Erie region, and if you’re wondering what some of those things are, here are 5 of the best parts of the annual LECOM Health Challenge:
Tucked away in the hills of Clymer, NY, Peek’n Peak Resort’s Upper Course is full of beautiful views, peaceful scenery, and of course, imaginative holes that the pros love to play. The course is consistently in amazing condition, and the atmosphere is always stunning, but “The Peek” also impresses with its hospitality. Fans taking in the tournament at the Upper Course enjoy great food, craft beer, and first-class customer service from all the Peek employees and tournament volunteers.
The Web.com Tour is truly the path to the PGA TOUR. Players like Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Day began their journey to the top of the PGA on the Web.com Tour, so the LECOM Health Challenge is a chance to see professional golf’s future superstars up close. At the tournament, you even have the chance to interact with some of the players. They routinely sign autographs and talk with fans after they finish their rounds.
One of the best parts of the LECOM Health Challenge is that it offers fans an opportunity to experience the tournament from inside the ropes. Some volunteers actually get to walk along with players on the course, so they can watch all the action from up close. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at the tournament, and if you volunteer for three or more shifts, you can get a complimentary round of golf at the Upper Course. For information on volunteering next year, keep an eye on the tournament’s volunteering webpage.
Chautauqua is jam packed with great summer activities, so if you come to the tournament, there are plenty of additional things to explore as well. Whether you take a trip to the Chautauqua Institution, enjoy the areas plentiful hiking and mountain biking, check out regional breweries and wineries, or visit the National Comedy Center in Jamestown (which opens this August), you’ll have plenty of options for extra entertainment during your trip to the LECOM Health Challenge.
If you can’t make it out to the LECOM Health Challenge, don’t worry. You can still catch all the action on the Golf Channel. Most of the four rounds are televised live so you can follow along, and you can even catch some of the local tournament representatives being interviewed by the Golf Channel commentators.
For more information about the LECOM Health Challenge, you can visit LECOMHealthChallenge.com. The tournament proceeds benefit some great charities, and it’s always an exciting sporting event to attend, so we hope to see you there next year!