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Cologuard Classic gets 5-year extension to 2025

PGA TOUR Champions, Exact Sciences – the makers of Cologuard®, The First Tee of Tucson and the Tucson Conquistadores announced a five-year extension of the Cologuard Classic, contested annually at the Omni Tucson National Resort.

The announcement extends the current partnership through the 2025 season.

The 2020 Cologuard Classic returns to Omni Tucson National the week of February 23 – March 1.

Tucson Conquistadores executive director Judy McDermott talks all things Cologuard Classic at Tuesday’s press conference at Tucson Omni Resort.

“The PGA TOUR has a long and storied history in Tucson, and we are excited to continue building on that great foundation with today’s Cologuard Classic extension announcement,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Miller Brady. “Exact Sciences has been a tremendous title sponsor over the last two years, and more importantly, a committed partner to such an important cause. By combining their efforts with those of the Conquistadores, we have the perfect springboard from which to make a societal difference through our sport.”

Exact Sciences is a Madison, Wisconsin-based company committed to delivering innovations in early cancer detection.  Cologuard is an easy-to-use, noninvasive colon cancer screening test based on the latest advances in stool DNA technology. It is for adults 45 years or older who are at average risk for colon cancer, helps detect both cancer and precancer, and is available by prescription only.

“The Cologuard Classic has proven to be a significant platform to help raise awareness of colorectal cancer and to drive the vital importance of early detection,” said Mark Stenhouse, President, Cologuard at Exact Sciences. “We are proud to continue our title sponsorship with PGA TOUR Champions and look forward to the many opportunities the Cologuard Classic will bring to the great city of Tucson.”

In November of 2017, Exact Sciences was named title sponsor of the Cologuard Classic, contested each March, which strategically kicks off national Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since that announcement, PGA TOUR Champions players (including Cologuard ambassador Jerry Kelly) and the Tucson Conquistadores have participated in a pledge to get screened for colon cancer, and tournament week has been used as a platform to support critical messaging tied to colon cancer awareness.  While the tournament message has reached a national audience, locally, the Cologuard Classic has impacted the lives of many colon cancer survivors, advocates, caregivers.

Over the past five years, charity and community impact have been at the core of the event, with the Exact Sciences partnership taking those efforts to new heights. The First Tee of Tucson and Tucson Conquistadores provide less-fortunate children with the character-building experience of participating in sports. Since 1962, the group has contributed over $35 million to youth athletic programs. The PGA TOUR and its tournaments donated more than $190 million to charitable causes in 2018, in turn bringing the all-time total generated for charity to $2.84 billion since 1938.

“We are grateful for the partnership with Exact Sciences and PGA TOUR Champions that will allow us to continue enjoying professional golf in Southern Arizona through 2025,” said Tucson Conquistadores President Tom Clark. “The extension is a testament to the collective commitment on raising awareness of colorectal cancer and continuing to make a difference in Tucson youth sports for many years to come.”

Press release provided by the PGA Tour.

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