Business & Technology
We are thrilled to again sponsor this year’s PGA TOUR tournament held in Napa, California, at the Silverado Resort and Spa. The Fortinet Championship will tee off September 15–18, 2022, as the first event of the PGA TOUR’s 2022-23 FedExCup Regular Season.
Aligned with the PGA TOUR, the Fortinet Championship provides Fortinet with the continued opportunity to deliver positive community impact with Bay Area non-profit organizations and the local Napa Valley community. Nearly all PGA TOUR tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving, and to date tournaments across all Tours have generated more than $3.37 billion.
“We are excited to again have the Fortinet Championship leading off the 2022-23 FedExCup Regular Season in September,” says Tyler Dennis, PGA TOUR president. “Last year, the Fortinet team did a stellar job of meeting and often exceeding the PGA TOUR’s high standards for our tournaments. Our players, their families, and our fans love visiting Napa Valley. With Fortinet, we expect another spectacular event this year. We appreciate the company’s help in continuing to grow the popularity of our sport as well as the charitable impact the Fortinet Championship has on the local community.”
Last year’s highly successful inaugural Fortinet Championship set in California’s beautiful wine country was voted the most fan-friendly PGA TOUR event and included a Security Summit and Technology Vendor Exposition. The week brought together some of the world’s best golfers and their worldwide fan-base with the Fortinet community of customers, partners, and employees—some of the technology industry’s most accomplished leaders.
This year’s Fortinet Championship will again feature a Security Summit and Technology Vendor Exposition, where we will facilitate discussions about the latest security innovations and networking trends. For over 20 years, Fortinet has been a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Fortinet secures over half a million enterprises, service providers, and government organizations around the world. The company’s network security solutions are the most deployed, most patented, and among the most validated in the industry.
Net proceeds from the Fortinet Championship support local non-profits that share the Fortinet vision of building an inclusive and diverse workforce by helping close the cybersecurity skills gap. Fortinet helps to make possible a digital world that you can always trust. Our mission is to secure people, devices, and data everywhere.
“The Fortinet Championship brings together the greatest minds in the industry to double-down on the most-pressing cybersecurity challenges today. A digital world you can always trust is essential to achieving just and sustainable societies,” says Fortinet CMO and EVP of Products, John Maddison. “Fortinet has pledged to train 1 million people globally over five years through its Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and Fortinet Training Institute programs to help close the cybersecurity skills gap. The partnership between Fortinet and the PGA TOUR and the Fortinet Championship itself benefits our community and customers as well as local non-profit organizations.”
Fortinet has designated proceeds from the Fortinet Championship to benefit non-profit organizations in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); diversity and inclusion; and reskilling programs. These and other programs, such as Fortinet’s TAA Initiative, which provides free Network Security Expert (NSE) Certifications and training, as well as academic partner and education outreach programs are cultivating a skilled, inclusive, and diverse cybersecurity workforce to help close the cybersecurity skills gap.
Because a digital world you can always trust is essential to achieving just and sustainable societies, at Fortinet, we believe it is our corporate social responsibility to deliver on that vision by innovating sustainable security technologies, diversifying cybersecurity talent, and promoting responsible business across our value chain.
All four rounds of the Fortinet Championship will be televised on Golf Channel, featuring a competitive player field playing for the chance at 500 FedExCup points.
This week of amazing golf will be paired with the award-winning culinary and wine experiences people have come to expect from Napa.
For more, visit https://www.fortinetchampionship.com/.
At the inaugural Fortinet Championship event last September, Fortinet brought together the world’s best players and technology leaders, an event that culminated in Max Homa winning the Fortinet Championship trophy on Sunday. Later that year, Max, the inaugural champion, was named a Fortinet Global Brand Ambassador. David Lipsky was added as a Fortinet Brand Ambassador in 2022.
A Southern California native, Max Homa was born and raised in Valencia and earned a golf scholarship to attend the University of California Berkeley. He went on to win the PAC-12 Conference Championship, as well as the 2013 NCAA Championship individual honors, and competed in the 2013 US Open as an amateur. Before turning professional, Max was a member of the victorious 2013 Walker Cup team. Max won his first PGA TOUR event at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.
Since then, Max has had numerous great finishes on the PGA TOUR, highlighted by three wins. After claiming his first TOUR win at the 2021 Genesis Invitational, Homa followed up this season by winning the 2021 Fortinet Championship and 2022 Wells Fargo Championship. We expect that Max will return to Napa this year to defend his title.
David Lipsky – a rookie on the PGA TOUR this year – also grew up in California, competing on the La Canada High School golf team in Southern California. He attended college at Northwestern University in Illinois, and Lipsky won multiple tournaments in his college career, including the 2010 Big Ten Individual Championship, and was honored as an All-American in 2011. Following his graduation in 2011, Lipsky turned professional. Lipsky’s secured a win at the Korn Ferry Tour’s TPC San Antonio Challenge in 2020. This victory put Lipsky in position to earn his PGA TOUR card.
Learn more about the Fortinet Championship here.