July 28, 2009
June 23, 2009 - Baltimore, MD - Following a long week at the U.S. Open, Fred Funk, the runner-up at the 2008 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, committed to this year's event, tournament officials announced today. The 2009 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour's final major of the season, returns to the East Course at historic Baltimore Country Club September 28-October 4.
"Fred put on a tremendous show at last year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship when he finished one shot behind D.A. Weibring," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "He's a fan favorite here with his ties to the University of Maryland, and we're thrilled he's committed to play this year's event."
One of three Champions Tour regulars in the U.S. Open, along with Tom Lehman and Eduardo Romero, Funk posted rounds of 70-74-75-82 to finish 60th in his 20th U.S. Open appearance. He earned a spot in the field at Bethpage State Park after surviving a six-way playoff with a par on the fourth extra hole at the sectional qualifier in Rockville, MD.
Since turning 50 in June 2006, Funk has posted four victories on the Champions Tour and has produced five top-10 finishes so far in 2009. The former University of Maryland golf coach and Takoma Park native delighted the Baltimore galleries at last year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, firing rounds of 66-68-72-66-272 to finish one shot behind Weibring. An eight-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Funk is competing in this week's Champions Tour event, the Dicks Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, NY.
Players in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship will be competing for their share of the $2.7 million purse, which equals the largest purse on the Champions Tour this season. As the last of the Champions Tour majors, with $405,000 going to the winner, 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.
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 2009 event are September 28 - October 4. 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 $2.7 million purse, the largest of the season. The final two rounds of the event will be broadcast on NBC in high definition and aired in more than 140 countries around the world (1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Sunday). The first and second rounds of this final major of the season will air on the GOLF CHANNEL (1:00-3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday). 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. To purchase tickets, for information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2009 tournament, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-853-7064.
About Constellation Energy Group
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 division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., 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 will feature a minimum of 25 official events offering $55.6 million in prize money in 2009 and its highest average purse ever, $1.91 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. Mike Stevens is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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