Championship Challenge features pros, local legends

June 22, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will host the first "Championship Challenge" in tournament history at the short-game practice facility at Fox Chapel Golf Club on Tuesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. ET. The unique format will feature three teams of three players consisting of one former Pittsburgh Steeler, a former Pittsburgh Penguin and former Pittsburgh Pirate each paired with a local media personality and a Champions Tour professional. The teams will compete for a purse of $20,000 with the winning team earning $10,000 for their respective professional team charity or foundation. The second and third-place teams will each garner $5,000 for their respective team charity or foundation. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette golf writer Gerry Dulac will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, the third major championship of the 2012 Champions Tour season, visits Pittsburgh and Fox Chapel Golf Club for the first time from June 26-July 1.

Representing the Pittsburgh Steelers Charities will be four-time Super Bowl champion safety Mike Wagner, a member of the Steel Curtain Steelers defenses of the 1970s. The two-time Pro Bowl performer will be paired with Bob McLaughlin from 105.9 the X Morning Show and eight-time Champions Tour winner and 2011 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS runner-up, John Cook.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will be represented by Phil Bourque, who helped the team to Stanley Cup titles during the 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 seasons. Bourque will be joined by Rob King, who covers the Penguins for ROOT SPORTS and Champions Tour professional Jay Haas, who won the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS in 2009.

Competing on behalf of the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities is former submarine relief pitcher Kent Tekulve, a member of the World Championship Pirates in 1979. Paul Alexander, who covers the team for the 93.7 The Fan, the Flagship radio station for the Pirates, will partner with Tekulve and Champions Tour professional Tom Lehman. Lehman won the season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup in 2011 en route to being named Champions Tour Player of the Year.

The shootout will follow a format similar to basketball's HORSE, where each team will have the opportunity to pick a shot of their choice at Fox Chapel Golf Club's short-game facility. All three players from each team will hit the shot with the team counting the two shots closest to the hole. The team with the lowest cumulative distance will win a point. The team with the most points after the three-hole shootout will be declared the winner. If there is a tie following three holes, the winner will be decided in a one-hole playoff.

Proceeds from the "Championship Challenge" will benefit the Pittsburgh Steelers Charities, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Pittsburgh Pirates Charities. The winning team will earn $10,000 for their respective organization while the remaining teams will each earn $5,000 for their organizations.

The "Championship Challenge" is free and open to any spectators with a Tuesday grounds ticket. Following the "Championship Challenge," fans are encouraged to attend a free clinic at the Fox Chapel Golf Club practice range hosted by renowned trick-shot artist Chuck "The Hit Man" Hiter. The clinic is also free to the public and will start at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Tickets to the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS are still available and can be purchased online at, at local Giant Eagle grocery stores and at the gate. Tickets will remain on-sale at all three of the above locations throughout tournament week, June 26-July 1.

The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS marks the Champions Tour's first visit to Western Pennsylvania since the 2005 Senior PGA Championship was contested at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier and the first in Pittsburgh since the 1998 Pittsburgh Senior Classic.

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