Partnership will bring world-class Internet speeds to professional golf event
LEXINGTON, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, is partnering with Barbasol Championship and the Professional Golf Association for the $3.5 million Barbasol Championship at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville July 18-21.
Windstream will showcase its expanded Kinetic Gig Internet service at the event. Spectators and staff around the clubhouse and in the VIP suites may access a 10-gigabit network connection wirelessly on their handheld devices. Kinetic IPTV, Windstream’s video streaming product, will run over the same fiber backbone for guests in the suites.
“Our partnership with Windstream provides the Barbasol Championship with another awesome enhancement to the overall fan and player experience,” said tournament director Bryan Pettigrew. “We’re looking forward to seeing our guests enjoy the benefits of this amazing technology.”
Like any PGA TOUR event, championship play drives tourism and business development to Lexington. This year, Windstream turned up more than 11,200 fiber Internet connections capable of speeds measured in gigabits per second (Gbps) to commercial locations in Lexington, enabling next-generation business solutions such as video conferencing, cloud computing and virtual reality. Meanwhile, more than 76,000 homes in the area have access to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) speeds or better.
“Windstream knows Lexington is a metro area primed to attract high-tech businesses and an environment that is focused on enabling businesses to grow,” said Phillip McAbee, president of Windstream operations in Kentucky. “We’re excited to see the PGA TOUR compete on a beautiful course just outside Lexington, and to show the players and their fans our lightning-quick fiber Internet out on the course and in the clubhouse.”
Windstream is delighted to partner with Barbasol, the PGA TOUR and Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club for this premier sports event in the Bluegrass State, but it’s prouder still to be a major telecommunications provider of gigabit speed internet service. To date, Windstream has turned up almost 200,000 Kinetic Internet connections throughout Kentucky.
Windstream recently won blocks of 5G spectrum covering 5 million households nationwide that will pave the way for Kinetic Gig Internet service by fixed wireless transmission.
Kinetic by Windstream provides services to residential and business customers in 18 states. The Kinetic suite of services includes high-speed Internet, entertainment, voice, networking and security products for homes and businesses. To learn more about Kinetic Business by Windstream, please visit kineticbusiness.com.
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About the Barbasol Championship
The Barbasol Championship is a PGA TOUR event that takes place July 18 – 21, 2019 at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Champions is an Arthur Hills designed golf course conveniently located one hour from Cincinnati and Louisville. The Barbasol Championship provides its winner with 300 FedEx Cup Points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship. The 2018 winner of the Barbasol Championship was Troy Merritt.