Condoleeza Rice accepts chairperson invite for Regions Tradition

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will be the Honorary Chairperson for the Regions Tradition golf championship, say Champions Tour officials.

As chairperson, Rice will hit the opening ceremonial tee shot at the Regions Tradition to commence the tournament that will run May 3rd through the 8th at Shoal Creek. Dr. Rice is a native of Birmingham and joined Shoal Creek in 2009.

The Regions Tradition is the first major championship in the 2011 Champions Tour. Tour officials feel Dr. Rice will make a great addition to the tournament.

"The Champions Tour is extremely proud and very fortunate to have Condoleezza Rice as Honorary Chair of the Regions Tradition. As an avid golfer and Shoal Creek member, her support adds even more stature to the repositioning of the Regions Tradition," said Mike Stevens, President of the Champions Tour.

"It is a privilege to serve as the Honorary Chairperson for the Regions Tradition. This major championship is creating enormous interest in the community, and stands to make a significant charitable and economic impact in Birmingham and the state of Alabama," Rice said.

The tournament benefits Children's Hospital of Alabama and will be aired exclusively on the Golf Channel. The tournament website is

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