About Insperity Invitational
Winter of 2003
Serious conversations begin between Champions Tour, ProLinks Sports and Administaff regarding a possible
tournament in Houston, TX.
May 24, 2004
Champions TOUR announces Administaff Small Business Classic will be a new event on the schedule and will be held October 20-24 at Augusta Pines Golf Club in Spring, TX. It marks the first time in 10 years a Champions Tour event will be held in Houston area.
October 21, 2004
Tournament staff creates Champions Tour Tees for Charity, a hands-on unique, one-of-a-kind fundraising project designed to raise money for a local Houston charity through the support and participation of Champions Tour professionals and their family members. Each professional’s family is asked to decorate an over-sized tee and golf ball. The auction raises over $10,000.
October 24, 2004
Larry Nelson rallies from seven strokes back and wins the inaugural tournament defeating Hale Irwin in a playoff.
Summer of 2005
UnitedHealthcare becomes Presenting sponsor of the tournament.
October 16, 2005
Mark McNulty, despite battling the flu, wins the second edition of the tournament, becoming the first foreign player to win the title.
October 13, 2006
Arnold Palmer, with an ailing back, withdraws after three holes, declaring it is last official attempt at tournament golf. He continues to play the rest of the round without keeping his score but not wanting to disrupt the flow for his playing partners Lee Trevino and John Mahaffey.
October 15, 2006
Jay Haas shot a 63 on Saturday and held a five-shot lead through 17 holes Sunday before heavy rains forced officials to cancel the third round and declare Haas the champion.
October 14, 2007
Bernhard Langer wins his first Champions Tour title in just his fourth start shattering tournament records. He started with a course record 10-under-par 62 and closed with a 64 for a 25-under total of 191. He becomes the first German player to win on the Champions Tour.
May 5, 2008
Tournament officials announce that the Administaff Small Business Classic presented by UnitedHealthcare will move from Augusta Pines to The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course.
September 14, 2008
Hurricane Ike affects the Houston area and topples trees all over The Woodlands Country Club area. Despite, the destruction, the tournament is held three weeks later.
September 24, 2008
Due to tough economic times and Hurricane Ike, the tournament announces that admission and parking will be free to all patrons attending thanks to the support of local sponsorships. This policy has remained in effect since.
October 19, 2008
Bernhard Langer becomes the first player in tournament history to successfully defend his title and to date is the only two-time winner of the event.
November 21, 2008
The tournament receives the 2008 Presidents Award, given annually by the Champions Tour Tournament Association for the best overall tournament on the Champions Tour schedule.
October 13, 2009
Champions Tour Tees for Charity auction is held for the second time since the inaugural year and nearly $15,000 is raised for a local Houston charity.
October 15, 2009
For the next four days bobble-heads of Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Craig Stadler and Bernhard Langer are offered to the first 1,000 fans who come through the main entrance.
October 17, 2009
The tournament partners with the Houston affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month and the 750 plus volunteers all wear pink during the second round.
October 18, 2009
John Cook birdies 17 and hangs on for a two-shot victory. It is his third Champions Tour win and his third in the state of Texas.
September 20, 2010
The tournament host a charitable skins game involving three Champions Tour players John Cook, Bruce Lietzke and Keith Fergus, who team with amateurs. They raise $10,000 for local charities.
October 24, 2010
Fred Couples cruises to a seven-stroke victory on the strength of a final-round 63 that included an eagle and five birdies on the back nine.
November 10, 2010
Bryan Naugle, Executive Director of the Administaff Small Business Classic, is awarded the Bruno Award by the Champions Tour. This is annual recognition given to an individual judged to have made special and outstanding contributions to the Champions Tour.
February 28, 2011
Administaff changes its name to Insperity
May 23, 2011
The tournament name is changed to the Insperity Championship presented by UnitedHealtcare.
October 4, 2011
Champions Tour Tees For Charity becomes a biennial event and raises over $10,000 for a local Houston charity.
October 5, 2011
Insperity Championship and Champions Tour officials announce a contract extension and that the tournament will move to a spring date in 2012. The new date is April 30-May 6.
October 9, 2011
Brad Faxon, who held a one-shot lead thanks to a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday is declared the winner after rain washes out the entire third round of the tournament. It is his first win on the Champions Tour.
December 8, 2011
Insperity Championship presented by UnitedHealthcare is recognized as one of the top events on the Champions Tour, receiving the President’s Award for Excellence in Achievement.
May 5, 2012
Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player are featured in a Greats of Golf competition during the second round of the tournament. It is an 18-hole scramble format and is won by the team of Palmer-Nicklaus-Player by two strokes.
May 6, 2012
Fred Funk birdies the final hole from two feet to defeat Tom Lehman by one stroke with 16-year-old son Taylor caddying for him. Funk becomes the first player in five years to win a Champions Tour and PGA TOUR event on the same course.
December 14, 2012
For the third time in its nine-year history, the Insperity Championship presented by UnitedHealthcare is recognized as one of the top events on the Champions Tour schedule, receiving The Players Award for having “the best of everything” for players, sponsors and spectators.
The tournament name is changed to the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare. Esteban Toledo celebrated Cinco de Mayo by becoming the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history. The 50-year-old Toledo, making his ninth start on the 50-and-over tour, eagled the opening hole and finished with a 5-under 67 to match Goodes and Gene Sauers at 6-under 210 at The Woodlands Country Club.
Despite a lack of birdies and a hard-charging Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer won the 2014 Insperity Invitational by one stroke on a beautiful Sunday Afternoon. Langer became the first three-time winner of the Insperity Invitational and, for the first time in his Champion Tour career, he won the same tournament three times.
For the fourth time in its twelve-year history, the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare is recognized as one of the top events on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule, receiving The Players Award for having “the best of everything” for players, sponsors and spectators. Despite an aching back, former European Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam survived 54 holes plus an extra to win his first Champions Tour title. Woosnam’s 30-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole did the trick and marked the third time in Insperity Invitational history a playoff was needed to decide a champion.
Jesper Parnevik won in his 23rd career start on the PGA TOUR Champions. The five-time PGA TOUR winner finished at 12-under 204.
John Daly became the third consecutive first-time Champions Tour winner at the Insperity Invitational, joining Ian Woosnam and Jesper Parnevik. He finished at 14-under-par, the lowest winning score since Fred Funk in 2012 with rounds of 68-65-69.