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Mike Small, Skip Kendall receive sponsor’s exemptions for the American Family Insurance Championship

University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small and Wisconsin native Skip Kendall receive sponsor’s exemptions.







University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small and Wisconsin native Skip Kendall have received sponsor’s exemptions to play in the 2018 American Family Insurance Championship.

The PGA TOUR Champions event will be played June 22-24 at University Ridge Golf Course. The final field, which will include two more sponsor’s exemptions, will be set June 15.

Small will play in American Family Insurance Championship for the second time, joining his former University of Illinois teammate and championship host Steve Stricker. Small finished in a tie for 20th place at the 2017 championship.

Small is in his 18th year as the head men’s golf coach at his alma mater. This spring, he coached the team to its fourth consecutive Big Ten title and the ninth in the past 10 seasons, and will guide Illinois in its 11th-straight NCAA Championship appearance this month. He was named the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year in 2015.

Small has also achieved success as a player, competing five years on the PGA TOUR and the Tour. He was the low club professional at the 2007 and 2011 PGA Championships, and qualified for that major seven other times. He’s a three-time champion of the PGA Professional National Championship, three-time winner of the PGA Professional National Player of the Year, and was named the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year. Small has appeared in seven PGA TOUR Champions events, including two U.S. Senior Opens.

Kendall was born and raised in the Milwaukee area, before playing collegiate golf at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He then hit the professional golf ranks, winning four times on the Tour, and earning 26 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR and three top-10 finishes on PGA Tour Champions. Kendall finished in 55th place in the 2017 American Family Insurance Championship and 29th in 2016.

Special tickets discounts still available
Tickets for the American Family Insurance Championship are available at, with special discounts for certain tickets purchased before June 18, including:

• $5 off a $25 general admission ticket

• $5 off a $20 champions ticket (50 years +)

Active duty, reserve and retired military personnel can again enjoy a free three-day pass and any child 15 and under gets free admission to the tournament with a paid adult admission.

For tournament updates, fans can follow the tournament’s social media channels:

Twitter: @amfamchamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; and Instagram: AmFamChampionship.


About the American Family Insurance Championship
American Family Insurance, the PGA TOUR Champions and PGA TOUR star and Wisconsin resident Steve Stricker launched this professional golf tournament in June 2016. The American Family Insurance Championship, held annually at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., features a 78-player field. Past champions include Fred Couples (2017) and Kirk Triplett (2016). Championship week includes the three-day tournament, two Pro-Am competitions, charity concert and a special exhibition featuring celebrities from the sports and music industries. The 2018 event will be held June 18-24 with all proceeds allocated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for distribution to the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities. More than $2.7 million has been donated to charity since the inaugural event in 2016. For more information: Web:; Twitter: @AmFamChamp; Facebook: American Family Insurance Championship; Instagram: amfamchampionship #AmFamChamp

About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 35 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Tour’s mission is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back and generate significant charitable and economic impact in tournament communities. In 2018, the PGA TOUR Champions schedule includes 27 tournaments across the United States, Scotland and Canada, with purses totaling more than $56 million. The Charles Schwab Cup, which includes the Regular Season and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, is used to determine the season-long champion. All events are televised in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable-television partner of PGA TOUR Champions. Internationally, telecasts air in excess of 190 countries and territories, reaching more than 330 million potential households. Follow PGA TOUR Champions online at PGATOUR.COM, at, on Twitter @ChampionsTour and on Instagram @pgatourchampions.