Senior Players Championship moving from Baltimore again

The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, scheduled to be played in late September at Baltimore Country Club, announced today that the event will move to Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., for 2011 because it was given an earlier date on the Champions Tour schedule.

The final major championship of the Champions Tour season is now scheduled for Aug. 15-21, 2011, and it will be the first time Westchester Country Club has hosted a major tournament. For 41 years it had hosted a PGA Tour event from 1967 until 2007.

This is the second year in a row the event, played at the Five Farms East Course from 2007-2009, has moved from Baltimore Country Club. The event was played at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac in 2010.

The course change occurred following adjustments to the Champions Tour schedule and to find a date better suited for the event, which struggled to attract crowds to Baltimore Country Club. The scheduling change to August fell outside the time frame in the Baltimore Country Club site agreement.

"We want to express our genuine thanks to the membership and staff at Baltimore Country Club for their enthusiasm and hospitality as a great host of this event since 2007," Steve Schoenfeld, executive tournament director of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and a native of White Plains, N.Y., said in a statement today. "That being said, we look forward to bringing this Champions Tour major to Westchester Country Club. My career in the golf industry started at the former Westchester Classic 25 years ago when I was a volunteer standard bearer, so returning to the area as the tournament director of the Senior Players Championship has a special meaning for me."

The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship typically attracts one of the best fields of the Champions Tour season, including such names as defending champion Mark O'Meara, 2010 Champions Tour Player of the Year Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Tom Watson and Corey Pavin.

"We're extremely grateful to the Baltimore Country Club for the incredible job they have done staging the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, and for the support we have received from our many partners and volunteers who have made this such a successful event both for the Champions Tour and Maryland," Mayo A. Shattuck III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Constellation Energy, said in a statement today. "We look forward to hosting a premier tournament at Westchester Country Club and for the New York-New Jersey region, where we serve many communities and leading public institutions, as well as a large and growing base of commercial and residential customers."

The tournament's contract with Constellation expires after the 2011 event, and Stacey Ullrich, Constellation's executive director of marketing and community outreach, told The Sun last month that the company will not decide whether to renew its sponsorship until after next year's tournament.

BCC general manager Michael Stott told The Sun last month that the event was tentatively scheduled to return to Timonium Sept. 19-25, but that the date would not become official until the PGA completed its Champions Tour calendar.

"We're hoping to build some Baltimore enthusiasm and build it back up for the final year," Stott said at the time. "It's great for the local community. A major sports event is great for Baltimore. It's great for economic development, and it's great for exposure."

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