The PGA Tour marked the beginning of a new year by revealing that Sentry Insurance, headquartered in Wisconsin, had committed to a 10-year extension by 2030 in only its third year as title sponsor at Kapalua. Tackett, who graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in jazz studies, was playing the Las Vegas scene in various bands before securing a job as a drummer for the Noel Freidline Quintet in 1996. He took up a job with the West Virginia Golf Association when he started a family, rising to the executive director until he went to the PGA Tour to work.Yet, since jazz is in his blood, he still plays. And in relationships, he remains a great believer.
Stevens Point's SentryWorld Golf Course is Wisconsin's first destination course, which hosted the U.S. last year. Junior Championship for youth. Five years ago, to mark the renovation of the course and the new clubhouse, Sentry wanted to have a grand opening. It hired a band to play for such an opportunity. Mike James, SentryWorld's general manager, once served as a golf director at the Glade Springs Resort in West Virginia — The Greenbrier's sister property — and called Tackett, his old friend.