TaxSlayer President and CEO Jimmy Rhodes and President Rick Catlett and the Board of Trustees of Gator Bowl Sports announced April 3, 2014, that a six year agreement has been reached to rename the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl to the TaxSlayer Bowl beginning with the 2015 Bowl game.
"TaxSlayer.com recognizes the history of the Bowl’s rich 70 year tradition. It is a legacy in college football and we, at TaxSlayer.com , are extremely proud to be a part of such a dedicated and professional Bowl family and look forward to building on its historic foundation.
This extended partnership enabled the Bowl to negotiate long term Conference and Television agreements. Beginning in 2015, the TaxSlayer Bowl will be televised on ESPN and will feature a team from the Southeastern Conference that will serve as the anchor team and will face an opponent from the Big Ten Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference which also includes the University of Notre Dame. The Title Sponsor, Television and Conference agreements are for 6 years beginning with the 2015 Bowl game.
“It is rare to find special companies that share the same values and goals and we are fortunate to have found such a partner in TaxSlayer.com . It is a great partnership that will enable the Bowl game to maintain its stature on the national level as one of the top tier Bowl games in the country,” said Rick Catlett, Bowl President and CEO.Read more about the TaxSlayer Bowl
PGA Golf: Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, born on August 5, 1990. He played college golf at Augusta State University and helped lead them to NCAA Division I Golf Championship in 2010 and 2011.
Reed turned professional in 2011 after the NCAA Championship. At the 2014 Humana Challenge, Reed set the PGA Tour record for most strokes under par after 54 holes. His rounds of 63-63-63, were 27-under-par. The tournament's first three rounds are played on three different courses. The previous record was 25-under-par, set by Gay Brewer at the 1967 Pensacola Open and tied by Ernie Els at the 2003 Mercedes Championships, Pat Perez at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic (the previous name of the Humana event) and Steve Stricker at the 2010 John Deere Classic. All four other players won those tournaments. It was also the first time in PGA Tour history that a player opened a tournament with three rounds of 63 or better. Reed won the tournament by two strokes over Ryan Palmer.
On March 9, Reed earned his biggest win to date with a victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. He earned $1.53 million with the one-shot win over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. Reed became only the fifth golfer to earn three PGA Tour wins before his 24th birthday since 1990, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio García. He is the youngest winner of a WGC event, and the victory also moved Reed to 20th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Reed was also the first PGA Tour golfer to have three wins before playing in his first major, the 2014 Masters.Learn more about Patrick Reed
PGA Golf: Kevin Kisner
Kevin Kisner is an American professional golfer born February 15, 1984 in Aiken, South Carolina. He played college golf at the University of Georgia, and he was a member of their 2005 NCAA Division I Championship team. He lists that win as his biggest thrill in golf thus far.
Kevin played on the mini-tours after he turned professional in 2006. Between 2007 and 2009, he won three events. Kisner also played in six Web.com Tour events in 2009 before he played on that tour full time in 2010. He won the Mylan Classic, and finished the year 11th on the money list. That position earned him a PGA TOUR card for the 2011 season. Kevin returned to the Web.com tour in 2013 and won the Chile Classic in March of that year.
Kisner always uses a heads’side up coin to mark his golf ball. He lists Todd Anderson and Hugh Royer III among his instructors. Kevin’s favorite course to play is Augusta National, and he would love to play Pine Valley. His dream foursome would include Tiger Woods, Will Mith, and Megan Fox. Kevin is also involved with The First Tee Program. He currently resides in Aiken, SC with his wife, Brittany.Learn more about Kevin Kisner