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    • Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS names Gov. Ridge honorary chairman

    PITTSBURGH, Pa.  – The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship is proud to announce that the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge has been named Honorary Chairman of the 2014 tournament. The former Governor of Pennsylvania and Secretary of Homeland Security will assist with overall awareness of the championship in the western Pennsylvania region. The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship returns to Fox Chapel Golf Club from June 24-29.

    Born in Pittsburgh, Ridge served as the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995-2001 before being called to serve as the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security after the events of September 11, 2001. In 2003, Gov. Ridge was named the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, serving under President George W. Bush. He is now CEO of Ridge Global and a partner in Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, both risk management consultancies.

    Gov. Ridge has been a fan of the game for many years, and is an avid golfer as well as close friend of Arnold Palmer. He was involved with the PGA TOUR’s Pennsylvania Classic in 2000 and 2001, held respectively in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas, and has also played in the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Pro-Am.

    “We could not be more honored to have a Pittsburgh native who served this state and his country so incredibly well, be part of the championship,” said Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Executive Director, Joe Rotellini. “We look forward to having Gov. Ridge on board and involved, knowing it will bring even more prestige to this major championship.”

    “We’re pleased to have such an esteemed individual serve as this year’s chairman,” said Joseph Nigro, CEO of Constellation. “Gov. Ridge’s involvement makes Constellation even more proud to sponsor the SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and continue our support of local non-profit organizations.”

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