BALTIMORE -- When 14-time Champions Tour winner Jay Haas defends his Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship title next season, he'll be doing so at the newly renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md., as the PGA TOUR Board of Directors approved a one-year move to the course for Oct. 4-10, 2010.
Baltimore Country Club, which has served as host for the Champions Tour's fifth major since 2007, has one year left in its site agreement with the PGA TOUR and will host the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in 2011.
"We are delighted to announce this one-year move of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, and we would like to thank the TPC Potomac membership for affording this opportunity to our players -- many of whom played there during the Kemper Open and Booz Allen Classic days -- and will most certainly enjoy returning to since its incredible renovation," said Mike Stevens, Champions Tour president.
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship comes to the Washington, D.C., area, joining the Nationwide Tour's Melwood Prince George's County Open as one of two PGA TOUR-sanctioned events in the region. The PGA TOUR's AT&T National will be played at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pa., in 2010-2011.
"We want to thank the membership and leadership of Baltimore Country Club for graciously agreeing to delay the one year remaining in our contract to 2011, setting up this opportunity to showcase the Champions Tour at the new TPC Potomac," said Stevens. "With the Nationwide Tour's Melwood Prince George's County Open at the University of Maryland Golf Course in June, local golf fans will have the opportunity to experience both the PGA TOUR's future stars and its legendary players first hand."
"As the title sponsor for the 2010 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, we are pleased that this prestigious golf tournament will once again be held in -- and for the benefit of -- our home state of Maryland," said Mayo A. Shattuck III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Constellation Energy.
"Constellation Energy will continue to build on our efforts to ensure the tournament remains carbon neutral and showcases the very best of how energy and the environment can beneficially work together. As has been the case in the past, we have enjoyed tremendous support from volunteers, particularly Constellation Energy employees and retirees, and we welcome their continued involvement in helping to make this year's event a success. We look forward to a great tournament in 2010 at the new venue at TPC Potomac and to the return of the tournament to Baltimore Country Club in 2011."
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 Gil Morgan (1990), Morris Hatalsky (1988) and Tom Kite (1987).
"TPC Potomac is thrilled to serve as host of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in 2010," said Mike Sullivan, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm general manager. "There is little doubt that the Champions Tour players will be thoroughly impressed with the renovations to TPC Potomac and the upgraded amenities. We look forward to providing our members, homeowners and fans with an outstanding experience, while at the same time supporting worthy, non-profit organizations."
"Baltimore Country Club has enjoyed hosting the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship for the past three years, and we look forward to welcoming back the best of the Champions Tour in 2011," said Michael Stott, Baltimore Country Club general manager and COO. "We are in full support of the TOUR's opportunity to take the event to TPC Potomac next year and know that the D.C. area will appreciate the event -- and its commendable charitable impact on the local community -- as much as we have since 2007 and will again in 2011."
"It's going to be great for the Champions Tour to be in the Washington, D.C., area," said Haas. "A lot of us out here played TPC Potomac for many years when we were on the PGA TOUR, and from what everyone says about the redesign, it's now without question a harder, better, championship-caliber course. I think it's one that the Champions Tour players will appreciate as the site of our final major of the season."