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About Us

Tucson Conquistadores History

The late Roy P. Drachman was the founding father of the Tucson Conquistadores. In the October 23, 1962, Arizona Daily Star, Jim Herman reports on Drachman's first organizational meeting at the El Conquistador Hotel the night before. The 41 business professionals who formed the original Conquistadores were the leaders of their day. Drachman recognized a need in the community, that of "extra-curricular support of deserving athletes as well as other community sporting events". Drachman also noted to the Star “we’ll definitely be a working organization, not an honorary”. He successfully recruited the people who pledged to fill that need.

The annual Sports Award Banquet, which had a long, successful run from 1963 through 1994, was the original fundraising event of the Tucson Conquistadores. Other projects included five professional tennis tournaments in 1969, 1973, 1977, and 1980, with champions from Poncho Gonzales to Chris Evert. The group also sponsored the LPGA Open from 1983-1987.

In 1966, the Conquistadores adopted the Tucson Open golf tournament. The high-powered group turned the fledging PGA TOUR event into an exciting professional sporting and community event which continued through 2006 raising millions of dollars for youth programs.

From 2007 through 2014, the Tucson Conquistadores served as the tournament leadership team and sales arm for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship held at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. This prestigious tournament featured the top 64 golfers in the world and created an unprecedented opportunity for the Conquistadores to raise record levels of funds for Southern Arizona youth. The tournament was televised in 140 countries and enhanced Tucson’s notability as a premier golf destination.

Golf, along with previous Tucson Open stars, returned to the Catalina course at Omni Tucson National Resort when the Conquistadores hosted the PGA TOUR Champions beginning in 2015. The Cologuard Classic is scheduled for February 21st-27th, 2022.

The Tucson Conquistadores are the tournament management team that oversees the operations and the sales arm of the PGA TOUR Champions’ Cologuard Classic. Since their inception in 1962, the Conquistadores have contributed more than $36 million to local and national charities. The Conquistadores are comprised of up to 60 active business and professional members and a total membership of 218 who represent a cross-section of the Tucson community. In addition to their involvement with professional golf, the group has established the Tucson Conquistadores Foundation. Key beneficiaries of the Conquistadores' fundraising efforts include southern Arizona youth athletic programs, First Tee Tucson, and colon cancer advocacy organizations. Follow the Tucson Conquistadores online at www.tucsonconquistadores.com and www.Facebook.com/TucsonConquistadores.   

See a list of Tucson Conquistadores' funding recipients here»

 

 

 

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      Tucson Conquistadores Foundation  
         
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      The First Tee of Tucson  
         
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      Board of Directors  
         
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      Tournament Leadership  
         
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      Tucson Open History  
         
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