PAST U.S. OPEN CHAMPS IRWIN, KITE, SIMPSON JOIN SENIOR PLAYERS FIELD
June 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 14, 2011
HARRISON, N.Y. - Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Scott Simpson have joined the field at the Champions Tour's final major championship of the season, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, to be held on August 18-21 at Westchester Country Club.
Irwin has 45 wins on the Champions Tour and has earned over $25 million in official prize money in his 17 years on Tour. The World Golf Hall of Fame member won three U.S. Opens in 1974, '79 and '90 and a total of 20 times on the PGA TOUR. A native of Missouri, he has won seven majors since joining the Champions Tour in 1995, including the 1999 Senior Players Championship.
2004 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Kite has nine wins on the Champions Tour, including one major title. He amassed 19 victories on the PGA TOUR, including the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and was the TOUR's leading money-winner in 1981 and 1989.
Like Irwin and Kite, Simpson also has a U.S. Open victory, capturing the title in 1987 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco by one stroke over Tom Watson. The San Diego native won seven times on the PGA TOUR before joining the Champions Tour in 2005. He collected his first Champions Tour victory in 2006 at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Simpson and Irwin are eager to return to Westchester where they both earned victories on the PGA TOUR.
"I look forward to going back there," said Irwin, who won at Westchester in 1990. "Unlike some of the courses we play where you hit it and find it, this is one that you better hit it well or you'll never find it."
Simpson won at Westchester in 1984 and remembers the course well. "It's just a really good course," he said. "It will be a lot of fun to get back there. It's a great old-style golf course with short, tricky holes, and some long tough holes. It's really challenging."
Past Senior Players Champions Mark O'Meara (2010), Jay Haas (2009), D.A. Weibring (2008), Loren Roberts (2007), and Bobby Wadkins (2006) have already committed to compete in this year's championship. More player announcements will come as additional commitments are received leading up to the event.
Individual daily and weekly tickets to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship are now on sale. Those wishing to purchase tickets to the Championship may do so by logging on to the official tournament website, www.ceseniorplayers.com, or by calling the championship office at 914-481-5900. A single-day grounds ticket is just $20 plus tax and fees. This ticket is valid for grounds admission, good any one day, from August 17-21. A weekly clubhouse-access ticket is available for $125 plus tax and fees and offers admission to the grounds and to the clubhouse every day during the competition rounds, August 18-21. Food and beverage is available in the clubhouse for additional purchase. Children 18 and under and active, retired and reserve military personnel are admitted to the grounds at no charge.
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. The 2011 event is scheduled for August 17-21 at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY. Mark O'Meara won the 2010 Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, MD against one of the strongest fields of the season on the Champions Tour. The tournament has generated more than $8 million for charity since 1992. The 2011 event marks the 29th playing of the Senior Players Championship, making it one of the longest running events on the Champions Tour. For corporate sponsorship or volunteer information or to purchase tickets please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 914-481-5900. Area golf fans can also follow the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship on Facebook®.
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 in the United States and Canada, totaling approximately 9,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and is among the leading advocates for 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 many of its 29 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a 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. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2011 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour's leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2010, tournaments on all three Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour) generated $120 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.6 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR's website is www.pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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