Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced today that four PGA Tour golfers, Kevin Streelman, Troy Merritt, Brandt Jobe and Joey Snyder III, will all represent Hyatt this golf season. The four will participate in various events, including personal appearances at Hyatt corporate and social events as well as ‘meet and greets’ for Hyatt guests at professional golf tournaments throughout 2011.
“We are delighted to be associated with the PGA Tour,” says John Wallis, Hyatt’s global head of marketing and brand strategy. “We are thrilled these four golfers are our Ambassadors and look forward to a long-term relationship with them. Just like us at Hyatt, they are committed to their craft and are passionate about delivering a memorable experience to their fans.”
Meet the Pros
Kevin Streelman had an impressive 3rd place finish at the 2010 Barclays Championship, and improved his standing on Tour in 2010 with seven top-10 finishes and a 25th place finish in the FedEx Cup. In 2009, he was the winner of the Inaugural Kodak Challenge collecting the $1 million prize. Kevin had a total of six top-25 finishes in 2009 and made 19 of 29 cuts in 2009. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Kevin attended Duke University and currently resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“I look forward to building a long-term relationship with such an iconic hospitality brand. Traveling around the world for golf will allow me to experience firsthand and share the exceptional level of customer service with Hyatt guests and golf fans alike,” said Streelman.
Troy Merritt was the 2010 Kodak Challenge Champion winning the $1 million prize by prevailing in a three-man playoff against Aaron Baddeley, and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Ricky Fowler, in a sudden death playoff. Troy had four top-25 finishes in 2010 including a 3rd place at the Zurich Classic. In December 2009, Troy became only the third golfer to medal at the PGA Tour Qualifying School (Q-School) by leading after every round. He was a Nationwide Tour rookie in 2009 and was the youngest winner on the Nationwide Tour after winning the Mexico Open. In 2008, Troy was a member of the All Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Team and was a Golfweek and Ping All-American. Troy attended Boise State University and finished his collegiate career with 21 victories, ending his final season ranked #1 in the country according to several collegiate rankings. A native of Iowa, Troy currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Hyatt has always been a world-class hotel company,” said Merritt. “I am pleased to represent it on and off the course and look forward to interacting with Hyatt guests around the world.”
Brandt Jobe was a 3-time all American and runner up in the NCAA championship while his team, UCLA won the NCAA Championships in 1988. After turning pro he won the 1990 British Columbia Open on the Canadian Tour. He won 4 National titles on the Asian Tour propelling him on to the Japanese Tour where he was ranked in the top 40 in the world and won 6 titles including the 1998 Japan PGA Championship. Jobe endured significant hand and wrist surgery after a 2006 accident. Told he would never play again, Jobe defied the odds and upon his return to the PGA Tour, he has made the cut in 15 of 33 PGA Tour starts since the beginning of the 2007 season. Jobe has had five top-25 finishes during that time, including two in 2008, the U.S. Bank Championship and the U.S. Open
“I am thrilled to be back in action, playing at some of the best PGA tournaments in North America,” said Jobe. “I have received such a warm welcome from the folks at Hyatt, I am happy to be representing them and Hyatt’s exceptional golf courses and resorts across the country.”
Joey Snyder III is planning a return later this summer to the PGA Tour after injuries forced him out of play. In 2005, Joey had three top-10 finishes, including 4th place at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, 6th place at the International, and 7th place at the Booz Allen Classic. That same year with eight top-25 finishes, Joey made 21 out of 31 cuts. Joey was a two-time All American at Arizona State University. Born in Springville, New York, Joey now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Hyatt has provided me with a great opportunity this season,” said Snyder. “I am excited about my play this year and look forward to interacting with not only fans of golf, but of Hyatt hotels and resorts as well.
Hyatt guests have the opportunity to play some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world designed by renowned golf course architects such as George Fazio, Arthur Hills, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. Courses at Hyatt hotels and resorts are defined by their unique topography – as examples, a course on an island plateau rising eight stories above the Pacific, one set in a lush and exclusive former coconut plantation, and one winding through the high desert of New Mexico. Golfers of all levels can enjoy the ideal blend of accommodations and world-class golf that Hyatt has to offer in its golf locations around the world.