Professional Championship Golf Coming to The Beach Coast
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By Mike Morse
In case you hadn’t heard, the Senior PGA Golf Tournament will be held at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan, from May 22 to May 27, 2012.
An All-star Field
Names including, but not limited to, Watson, O’Meara, Couples, Strange, Calcavecchia, and Irwin promise to be a part of one of the most accomplished fields of golfers ever assembled. Indeed, at least 8 Senior PGA Champions, 19 winners of Major Championships (7 from The Masters, 8 from the US Open, 5 from the British Open, and 3 from the PGA Championship), 5 past Ryder Cup Captains, and 6 Hall of Fame members will be on hand to compete for this coveted championship.
This Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course is only in its 3rd full season of operation, but its reputation as one of the premiere mid-western golf courses is quickly growing. The varied terrain includes 3 holes through the dunes located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, 4 holes twisting and turning through hardwood forestland, and 11 holes alongside the Paw Paw River and Ox Creek and its associated wetlands.
Not Just Another Pretty
Although the course is a beautiful and unique setting, the pros will soon find the challenges that such a setting holds for the golfer. Although this is not the longest course at 6822 yards, skill will be a necessity for good scores. If playing next to, around, or over water is not scary enough, the tricks that are played by the Lake Michigan winds are sure to make things very interesting.
The efforts of the corporate sponsor, KitchenAid®, and the more than 1200 volunteers are sure to make this an event that will be remarkable for the players, the spectators, and the entire Beach Coast community.
Tell Me More
More information is available at www.pga.com/seniorpga/2012/index.cfm. Tickets may be ordered through the PGA Ticketing Center at 800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653). In case you aren’t able to attend this time, the event will be held at Harbor Shores again in 2014.
Mike Morse has been a life long resident of Michigan City and for many years was the band director at Elston, Rogers, and Michigan City High Schools. Now retired from teaching, he is able to devote more time to his second passion--golf.