MARYLAND NATIVE FRED FUNK COMMITS TO 2010 CESPC
August 27, 2010
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.
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. Jay Haas won the 2009 event on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, against a field of 78 Champions Tour players, one of the strongest of the year. The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship has generated more than $7.5 million for charity since 1992. Since Constellation Energy became the host sponsor of Champions Tour-affiliated tournaments in 2003, more than $3 million has been raised for Maryland charitable organizations. To purchase hospitality tickets or for more information about the 2010 event 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 in the United States and Canada, totaling approximately 8,900 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 $15.6 billion in 2009.
About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with 16 World Golf Hall of Fame members actively competing in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. 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 will conduct 26 official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2010 offering $51.5 million in official prize money, with the average tournament purse of $1.98 million. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for its members, 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 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. The web site address is PGATOUR.com.
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