French Lick site of ’15 senior PGA
French Lick Resort, one of the Midwest’s historic sports destinations long before it was recognized as home to a legendary basketball player, will attract its share of golf legends in the spring of 2015 as the site of the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.
French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course, which opened in 2009, will be the site of the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf May 21 through 24, 2015. The Senior PGA Championship becomes the fourth major championship hosted by the resort, following the 1924 PGA Championship, played on the Donald Ross Course, won by Walter Hagen whose triumph began a remarkable four-year PGA winning streak.
The French Lick Resort also hosted the 1959 and ’60 LPGA championships. French Lick’s Pete Dye Course also hosted the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship.
The Senior PGA Championship marks its first visit to Indiana, with an international 156-member field competing on the par-72, 7,400-yard Pete Dye Course, designed by its legendary namesake.
‘The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid has demonstrated its ability to attract and establish a tradition of bringing this premier event to many of the premier courses in the country,’ Ted Bishop, PGA of America president, said. ‘It is exciting to have the opportunity to bring the Championship to French Lick, which most recognize as the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird, but also became a site of golf history when Walter Hagen, one of our Association founders, enhanced his legendary career. The connection is now alive again in 2015 when the finest senior professionals in the world, including some of legendary status, compete for the Alfred S. Bourne trophy in Indiana.’
‘On behalf of all the dedicated Cook employees from around the world and the fine residents of Southern Indiana, we are pleased to once again be partnering with The PGA of America and bringing the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid to French Lick Resort,’ Steve Ferguson, chairman of the board for the Cook Group, said. ‘Our resort is enthusiastic and energized to again serve as the host site for championship golf and to help The PGA stage the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf. We are looking forward to a long, successful relationship with two great organizations, The PGA of America and KitchenAid.’
Corporate Hospitality packages, ticket sales and volunteer opportunities will begin this fall for the 76th Senior PGA Championship.
‘French Lick is a quality venue, with an historic past and a premium experience, just like The PGA of America and our KitchenAid brand,’ Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp., said. ‘We look forward to working with them and hosting our customers with their first-class hospitality.’