Where did the Tucson Conquistador Classic come from? What inspires the Tucson Conquistadores to work as hard as they do on their golf tournaments and other events? Providing as many kids as possible, especially less fortunate ones, with the character-building experience of participating in sports. Since its inception in 1962, the group has contributed $30 million to youth athletic programs. Visit the website to learn more about us and our charitable efforts.
Giving back is at the heart of the Tucson Conquistadores and Champions Tour. Net proceeds from this tournament go directly to youth charities in Southern Arizona including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Pima County Special Olympics and the Southern Arizona Community Sports Center at Curtis Park.
The Tucson Open debuted in 1945 at El Rio Golf Club. The tournament is the ninth oldest on the PGA TOUR. The Tucson Conquistadores assumed sponsorship of the tournament in 1966. The Conquistadores brought celebrity sponsorship to the Tournament in 1972 and with it, the first network broadcast. Singer Dean Martin was the first host to lend his name and gather his friends from the entertainment world to participate in the event. The tradition of the tournaments 60 events consists of many exciting champions, celebrities and changes. The Tournament has involved more than 5,000 contestants playing more than a million Tournament strokes. During this period the event has been known by many names.
Omni Tucson National Resort was named after Augusta National and was the first golf resort established in Tucson (1961). It is the current home of this famous event. For decades, Omni Tucson National Resort has enjoyed hosting prestigious PGA Tour events where legendary champions such as Nicklaus, Trevino and Palmer have graced the fairways. The addition of the Sonoran Course, impeccably designed by TOUR champion and Ryder Cup captain, Tom Lehman, has created a truly dynamic golf experience. As host course for the PGA TOUR’s Tucson Conquistadores Classic and previous host of the PGA TOUR’s Chrysler Classic of Tucson and Southern Arizona Open, the Omni Tucson National Golf Course takes center stage. Its traditional-style fairways cap a bluff overlooking the beauty of the Santa Catalina Mountains.