The Tiger Woods Foundation has hired Dave Klewan as the general manager of the Genesis Open. The hiring bolsters the foundation’s team supporting its inaugural year of operating the Genesis Open, the annual PGA TOUR event that will be played February 13-19, 2017 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Klewan will lead the on-site Genesis Open office at The Riviera Country Club focusing on growing community support and new business opportunities for the historic event, which wraps up the 2016-17 PGA TOUR’s West Coast swing.
“I am grateful to be afforded the opportunity to work with the Tiger Woods Foundation in conjunction with the Genesis Open, which is a fixture on the Los Angeles sporting landscape and carries such history and prestige on the PGA TOUR,” Klewan said. “I am excited about embarking on a new opportunity and helping to develop the next chapter for this event as it begins its tenure under the wing of Genesis and the Tiger Woods Foundation.”
“The success of the Genesis Open is dependent upon a strong local leader and we are delighted to welcome Dave to our team,” said Mike Antolini, Vice President of Championships for the Tiger Woods Foundation. “With Dave’s experience and knowledge of Los Angeles, we are well positioned to grow the tournament and deepen the positive impact made in the community through the Genesis Open.”
Prior to joining the Tiger Woods Foundation, Klewan has spent nearly 15 years working in sports in the Greater Los Angeles area, most recently as the general manager of the World Series of Beach Volleyball & Management Plus Enterprises. In that role, Klewan oversaw all operational and sponsorship needs for the event that welcomed more than 60,000 attendees and saw more than 25 million viewers worldwide annually. Additionally, Klewan was a key part of the management team for three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings.
The Tiger Woods Foundation also announced the additions of senior sales manager James Cefaly, sales manager Emily Kain and corporate partnerships coordinator Carly Dumbauld. The trio, who will join Klewan in the Genesis Open office at Riviera, will be tasked with identifying and implementing corporate partners within the greater Los Angeles community into the event. The new hires join the foundation’s event staff already on-site planning the Genesis Open.
The 2017 Genesis Open, titled sponsored by the luxury car brand Genesis, will host the world’s best professional golfers and deliver a premium fan experience while benefiting the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Volunteer and hospitality information is available now on www.GenesisOpen.com. Fans will be able to sign up for the Insiders List at GenesisOpen.com, a source of information on breaking tournament news and special ticket offers. In addition, fans can keep up on the latest tournament updates by following the Genesis Open on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GenesisOpen.
About the Genesis Open: The Genesis Open, L.A.’s PGA TOUR event, is bringing the next chapter in championship golf to The Riviera Country Club February 13 – 19, 2017. One of the most historic and longest-running events on the PGA TOUR, the tournament celebrated its 90th playing in 2016 as Bubba Watson won the event for the second time. With the Tiger Woods Foundation serving as host organization and primary benefiting charity, proceeds from the Genesis Open benefit the foundation’s college-access programs in Southern California. The tournament is title-sponsored by Genesis, a luxury car brand focused on delivering an unprecedented level of innovation, performance and design, and an elevated ownership experience that demonstrates time is the ultimate luxury. For more information, visit GenesisOpen.com and follow the tournament on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @GenesisOpen.