Defending Champion D.A. Weibring Commits to 2009 Senior Players
August 11, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD- Monday, August 10, 2009 - 2008 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship winner D.A. Weibring was in Baltimore today to meet with local media and announced that he will be back to his defend his title when the Champions Tour's final major of the year returns to Baltimore Country Club on September 28-October 4.
Down four strokes with 14 holes to play, Weibring rallied to take the lead midway through the final round and used two par saves late to hold on for a one-stroke victory over former University of Maryland golf coach, Fred Funk. His win at the Five Farms course was his fifth Champions Tour title, matching the number of PGA TOUR victories already on his resume.
The 56-year-old Texan ended the 2008 season strong with a total of six top-10 finishes, including T5 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Weibring is currently ranked 63rd on the money list through 10 starts this season, logging a pair of T15 best finishes at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and Dick's Sporting Goods Open. By virtue of his Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship win, Weibring earned a berth into this year's PLAYERS Championship held in May at TPC Sawgrass, but was forced to withdraw due to back problems.
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is one of five major championships on the Champions Tour for eligible professionals age 50 and over and features a field of 78 players competing for a share of the $2.7 million purse. Since the inception of both the Senior Players Championship and the former Constellation Energy Classic, nearly $9 million has been raised for charities in the communities in which the tournaments were staged. The Constellation Energy Senior Player Championship is part of "The Road to the Charles Schwab Cup", a season-long points race that kicks off in Hawaii with 25 official events and culminates in Northern California at Sonoma Golf Club October 26 - November 1, with $2.1 million in payouts awarded to the season's top five leading performers.
About Constellation Energy
Constellation Energy (www.constellation.com) is a leading supplier of energy products and services to wholesale and retail electric and natural gas customers. It owns a diversified fleet of generating units located throughout the United States, totaling
approximately 9,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and is among the leaders pursuing the development of new nuclear plants in the United States. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland. A FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Baltimore, Constellation Energy had revenues of $19.8 billion in 2008.
About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour now has 25 official
Charles Schwab Cup events offering $48.9 million in prize money in 2009 and its highest average purse ever of $1.96 million. The Champions Tour's primary purpose 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. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events generate significant sums of money for charity. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Our web site address is PGATOUR.com.
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