Fox Chapel prepping for Senior Players Championship
Senior Players Championship (May 20, 2012)
Tournament officials kicked off the countdown by showcasing the spectacular 18-hole layout to members of the media on Tuesday. The tee boxes and fairways were in tip-top shape, the rough was high and the large greens were lightning fast, all of which should provide a tough test for the players.
“We look forward to bringing the Constellation Senior Players Championship to Western Pennsylvania and Fox Chapel Golf Club,” said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens. “We’re very excited to bring the Champions Tour to Pittsburgh where the Nationwide Tour has proven success in operating the Mylan Classic, with Arnold Palmer as the Honorary Chairman. We are confident Fox Chapel will provide a great test for our professionals and an exciting event for the fans.”
The Senior Players Championship attracts one of the best fields of the Champions Tour season, including such names as defending champion Fred Couples, Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia and Greg Norman to name a few.
“I’m looking forward to competing in the Senior Players Championship in late June,” said Norman. “This will undoubtedly be one of the more challenging fields of the year on a classic golf course at Fox Chapel. Combine that with the strong Pittsburgh-area fan base and the event is sure to be a huge success.”
The tournament, which will be held June 28-July 1, is the first major championship to be contested at Fox Chapel, which was designed by Seth Raynor and opened in 1923.
“It is with great pride that Fox Chapel Golf Club welcomes championship golf back to the Pittsburgh area,” said Club President Arthur Scully. “We are honored and excited to host the Constellation Senior Players Championship and to welcome many of the games greatest champions. We are also pleased that local charities will benefit from what we know will be a very well-received major golf tournament for the entire region.”
The Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the event.
In an effort to encourage more young people to become involved in the game of the golf, tournament officials are offering free admission to children aged 18 years and younger. In addition, active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents receive complimentary admission throughout tournament week. Free parking will also be available with shuttle service from the Pittsburgh Mills mall.
For tickets and other information about the tournament, visit www.cspgolf.com.