CESPC Salutes Department of Defense with FREE Admission
September 27, 2007
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 24, 2007) - As a salute to the Armed Forces in the area, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is extending FREE admission to active and retired military, active reservists and Department of Defense Civilian employees in all branches of the Armed Forces at military installations in the National Capitol Region. Spouses with Department of Defense ID cards will also receive free admission. The tournament will take place October 1-7 at Baltimore Country Club's East Course in Timonium, MD.
Personnel must present their Department of Defense identification cards at the gate in exchange for a ticket. Extra tickets are $25 each or $20 in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.ceseniorplayers.com or call 410-223-3033.
Four Navy personnel from the U.S. Naval Academy, Waterfront Readiness Division, Small Craft Repair Department will be on hand on Thursday, October 4, to announce the professionals as they tee off. Honorary announcers are: Quartermaster Senior Chief J.J. Myers, Lieutenant Vincent Hamilton, Machinist's Mate Chief Jeffrey W. LeCuyer and Lieutenant Dwayne Hilton.
Champions Tour professionals who have committed to the event include defending champion Bobby Wadkins, World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and Tom Watson, Maryland native Fred Funk, Gil Morgan, Craig Stadler, Jeff Sluman, Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, Denis Watson, Jim Thorpe and Chip Beck The list of past champions of the tournament includes Arnold Palmer (1984 and 1985), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1986), Gary Player (1987), Jack Nicklaus (1990), Hale Irwin (1999), Raymond Floyd (1996 and 2000), Craig Stadler (2003) and Peter Jacobsen (2005).
About the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is one of five major championships on the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour for eligible professionals age 50 and over. Dates for the 2007 event are October 1-7. Beginning this year, the event will be played on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, with a field of 78 Champions Tour players competing for a share of the $2.6 million purse, the largest of the season. As the last of the Champions Tour majors, the double Charles Schwab Cup points awarded to the top-10 finishers will be a critical factor in deciding the Charles Schwab Cup points race.
The final two rounds of the event will be broadcast on NBC - in high definition for the first time - and aired in more than 140 countries around the world (2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). For the first time, all five of the Champions Tour's majors will have network weekend coverage. The first and second rounds of this final major of the season will air on the GOLF CHANNEL (12:30-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday). The Senior Players Championship event is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2007. Net proceeds from the event will support local charities. Since the inception of both the Senior Players Championship and the former Constellation Energy Classic, more than $8 million has been raised for charities in the communities in which the tournaments were staged. To purchase tickets, for information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2007 tournament, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-223-3033.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy (http://www.constellation.com), a FORTUNE 200 company with 2006 revenues of $19.3 billion, is the nation's largest competitive supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation's largest wholesale power seller. Constellation Energy also manages fuels and energy services on behalf of energy intensive industries and utilities. It owns a diversified fleet of 78 generating units located throughout the United States, totaling approximately 8,700 megawatts of generating capacity. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland.
About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour will feature a minimum of 29 official events offering $54.1 million in prize money in 2007 and its highest average purse ever of $1.86 million. The Champions Tour operates under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR which includes the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. The Champions Tour's primary purpose as an entity of the PGA TOUR is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Rick George is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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