The Prestige golf tournament will make an auspicious return to the PGA WEST® Greg Norman Course February 18-21 with 24 major collegiate teams competing in 2024 as the golf tournament marks its 24th anniversary!
“Here at PGA WEST, our flagship tournament at the Greg Norman Course isn’t just a highlight of the season—it’s a testament to our values,” says Greg Norman Club Manager Brandon Rodenbeck. “It’s about promoting education and showing unwavering support for collegiate teams; it’s for everyone who loves the game of golf.”
During The Prestige, 24 college teams—five players each— will compete on the PGA WEST® Greg Norman Course, playing three 18-hole rounds Feb 19-21. The tournament wraps up with an awards ceremony in the Greg Norman Clubhouse following the final round.
The idea for The Prestige tournament originated with its founder, Mark Weissmann, during his son Lee’s playing career at Palm Desert High School and later at UC Davis. Weissmann garnered interest in the tournament from renowned coaches Cy Williams at UC Davis, and the late Wally Goodwin and Conrad Ray at Stanford University. Today, The Prestige is widely recognized as one of golf’s premier collegiate and amateur tournaments.
“It was the only tournament originally created to salute both academics and golf, and co-founders UC Davis and Stanford University are still an integral part of this tournament,” says Weissmann.
Through the years, The Prestige has featured the participation of several prominent golf alumni. Northwestern University won the inaugural tournament led by Luke Donald, a former world number one who captained the European team to win the 2023 Ryder Cup. Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, Viktor Hovland, Tom Hoge and many more top-ranked PGA Tour and Ryder Cup professionals have distinguished themselves at The Prestige. Last year’s individual champion, Ludvig Aberg from Texas Tech University, turned professional last June, went on to play and win in the PGA Tour and DP Tour, and was a member of the winning European team in the 2023 Ryder Cup.
The Prestige kicks off on Sunday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at the Greg Norman Course with the highly anticipated Prestige Junior Golf Clinic, a free event that is open to the public. As in year’s past, Stanford Men’s Golf Coach Conrad Ray will emcee a special clinic while top collegiate coaches and players provide junior golfers with valuable tips and instruction.
“With the support of First Tee and the Southern California Golf Association Junior Golf Foundation, we’ve had hundreds of juniors throughout Southern California—from junior champions to those who have never played golf before—take advantage of this terrific opportunity,” Weissmann notes, adding that he encourages PGA WEST Members and their kids, grandkids, and relatives to attend. “We’ve heard some great follow-up stories of how kids got inspired by The Prestige Junior Clinic.”
Besides the coaches, players, sponsors and Greg Norman Course and Clubhouse team, Weissmann lauds The Prestige’s amazing crew of volunteers, led by Julie and Ray Leonard, rules officials directed by Jim Moriarty, alongside the exceptional support the tournament receives from local media outlets and The Golf Channel.
Learn more about The Prestige at www.prestigepgawest.org
Photos from The Prestige 2018, 2019 and 2023 tournaments
Todd Hammond Photography
UC Davis Men's Golf Coach Cy Williams