|MARYLAND NATIVE FRED FUNK COMMITS TO 2010 CESPC|
August 26, 2010, POTOMAC, Md. - After collecting a third Champions Tour major victory last week at the JELD-WEN Tradition, Fred Funk has committed to the final major of the 2010 season, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, to be held October 5-10 at the redesigned TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms in Potomac.
A native of Takoma Park, Funk is a PGA TOUR veteran with eight titles including the 2005 PLAYERS Championship. Prior to joining the TOUR in 1989, Funk served as the golf coach at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, from 1982-88. Since his arrival on the Champions Tour in 2006, Funk has added another six victories to his resume, including three major championships at the JELD-WEN Tradition (2008, '10) and the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.
"I really look forward to going to Maryland," said the 54-year-old fan favorite on returning to his home state for this year's championship. "I'm still recognized as the Maryland boy out on TOUR and I love coming home."
Funk served as one of the player design consultants on the 2009 redesign of TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms. "I think the players are really going to like it," said Funk on the changes to the host venue which includes multiple changes to the course layout, a remodeled clubhouse and a new practice facility. "It's going to be a heck of a test for us."
The tournament recently announced that through the support of several corporate sponsors including Constellation Energy, the event's title sponsor, Golf Galaxy (Friday's second round), the Telos Corporation (Saturday's third round) and OMNITEC Solutions, Inc. (Sunday's final round), admission to the tournament grounds will be free of charge for all spectators for the 2010 event. The initiative marks the first major championship on any of the U.S. professional golf tours to offer free admission to the tournament grounds all week for every fan.
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which hosted a PGA TOUR event from 1987-2004 and 2006, was recently named No. 12 on Golfweek's list of the "Best New Courses for 2009." Current Champions Tour stars who won PGA TOUR events at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm include Bill Glasson (1985), Tom Kite (1987), Morris Hatalsky (1988) and Gil Morgan (1990).
Funk joins previously announced players in the 2010 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship field including defending champion Jay Haas, major champions Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler, as well as World Golf Hall of Fame members Hale Irwin, Tom Watson and Nick Price.
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