American Family Insurance Championship is in full swing, bringing fans and players back to the green

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MADISON, Wis. – The American Family Insurance Championship returns to University Ridge this weekend to bring fan excitement back onto the green while raising money for local nonprofit organizations.

The tournament was cancelled last year due to COVID. Now, it’s welcoming fans, volunteers and players back on the grounds.

“Certainly missed the tournament, missed having all our fans and sponsors and volunteers on site,” said tournament director Nate Pokrass.

The weekend features 81 PGA tour champions with representation of 15 countries. Like Mario Tiziani, five of these players are showing off their Wisconsin pride as they place the ball on the tee.

“I’m nervous already, I’m excited to get out there,” said Tiziani. “I’ll feel better once I’m out there in the ropes.”

It’s more than a few rounds of golf.

“The unique element of partnering with the PGA tour and PGA championships is all proceeds stay in your local market, and all proceeds go to charity,” said Pokrass. 

Since the start of the tournament, 10 million dollars has been raised and donated to charities. Over 400 grants have been issued to organizations throughout Wisconsin.

Half of the proceeds go to the American Family Children’s Hospital. The remaining amount is donated to local nonprofits.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled and appreciative and humbled to be able to provide this tremendous philanthropic impact in our community.”

The tournament is only getting started.

Organizers say the popularity of the event and support received by the community is what makes it successful.

“It takes community, it takes everybody’s effort and through everybody’s generosity and passion and enjoyment of the game of golf, were able to put on an outstanding tournament all week long,” said Pokrass.

The event will continue in Madison till 2027.