Caves Valley to host 2017 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Champions Tour major returns to Baltimore
September 29, 2015
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- September 29, 2015
- Caves Valley Golf Club will be the site of the 2017 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS. (Courtesy of Caves Valley)
BALTIMORE, Md. – The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour and Constellation announced today that the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will be hosted by Caves Valley Golf Club in 2017 when the major championship returns to Baltimore. The tournament will be played the week of July 10-16, 2017. The announcement was made during a media conference at Caves Valley featuring Champions Tour President Greg McLaughlin, Constellation President Mark Huston, Caves Valley Board Member David Bannister and 2013 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship winner and Charles Schwab Cup Champion Kenny Perry.
”We are excited to return to Maryland with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and to be playing a venue the caliber of Caves Valley,” said McLaughlin. “The history of this tournament has included a tremendous list of clubs and golf courses and we are honored to be playing our 2017 event at Caves Valley. The members and spectators in this region will witness some of the greatest players in the game compete at this magnificent golf course.”
This marks the fifth time the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS will be contested in Maryland. The championship was played at Baltimore Country Club from 2007-2009 before heading to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in 2010.
Following the 2016 championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club, Caves Valley will become the twelfth course to host the major championship, which began in 1983 when Miller Barber claimed victory at Canterbury Golf Club in Beechwood, Ohio.
“Constellation hosted its first SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in Baltimore so we are looking forward to celebrating our tenth year as title sponsor here at home,” said Huston. “Caves Valley is home to a course that is consistently named among the nation’s best, and we are confident that it will deliver another exciting championship.”
Caves Valley, a Tom Fazio creation which opened for play in 1991, was listed as a par-71, 7,005-yard course during the 2002 U.S. Senior Open won by Don Pooley in a five-hole playoff over Tom Watson. Most recently, the course hosted the 2014 LPGA International Crown.
“Last year, Caves Valley tested some of the best women golfers in the world and our members enjoyed that experience,” said Bannister. “It was 2002 when the best golfers over 50 competed at Caves Valley during the U.S. Senior Open and our members and staff are very enthusiastic about hosting a new generation of Champions Tour players when the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship is contested here in 2017.”
The 2013 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship was Perry’s first major victory on the Champions Tour when he shot a four-round total of 261 at Fox Chapel Golf Club to tie Jack Nicklaus’ tournament record set in 1990 at Dearborn Country Club in Michigan.
“Caves Valley will be an incredible venue for the Champions Tour players and this major championship means so much to all of us,” said Perry. “It’s our championship, the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, and one of the perks of victory is getting back to TPC Sawgrass for THE PLAYERS. Caves Valley will be an excellent test, and undoubtedly the winner here will be an outstanding player. I just hope it’s me.”
Arnold Palmer won back-to-back Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championships in 1984 and 1985. Thirty years later, Palmer’s feat was matched by Bernhard Langer who won at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh in 2014 and defended the title this year at Belmont Country Club in Boston. Langer is the current Charles Schwab Cup champion, a season-long competition which identifies the leading Champions Tour player each year. As one of five major championships, the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship plays a significant role in determining the Charles Schwab Cup champion each season.
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