Senior PGA Championship…As a Caddie!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: This article is about the Champions Tour major championship.
The Senior PGA Championship is one of the major championships in men’s senior golf. It is administered by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and is recognized as a major championship by both the Champions Tour and the European Seniors Tour. It was formerly an unofficial money event on the European Seniors Tour, but since 2007 has been an official money event. Winners gain entry into the same season’s PGA Championship. The winners prior to 1980 are not considered major champions of this event by the Champions Tour.
It was founded in 1937, and the inaugural event was played at Augusta National Golf Club. The lower age limit is 50, which is the standard limit for men’s senior professional golf tournaments. In the past the event has had long spells of playing on a single host course, but currently it is played on a different course each year. Two tournaments were played in 1979 and 1984, and no tournaments were held in 1939, 1943, 1944, 1983, and 1985. The tournament has gone by several different names:
|1937–1982||PGA Seniors’ Championship|
|1984–1989||General Foods PGA Seniors’ Championship|
|1990–2000||PGA Seniors’ Championship|
|2001–2010||Senior PGA Championship|
|2011–2014||Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid|
My good friend, Ken Martin, PGA Professional Certified in Instruction and General Management, qualified for the PGA Seniors Championship by finishing fourth last year in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship with scores of 74-69-70-70-283. I will have the chance to caddy for Ken when he tees it up at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky May 26-29. Ken is a full-time teaching professional and tournament player, and he has the unique opportunity of playing in one of golf’s major events. I haven’t caddied in a professional golf tournament since the late 1970’s, and my primary goal is to support Ken and not make any mistakes (as Dustin Johnson’s caddy did). I played in the 1976 British Amateur, losing in the first round to Curtis Strange, so it will be nice to add my caddy experience at the top level of competition to my meager playing experiences. Keep your fingers crossed and wish me the best!
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