23rd Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz
When: October 6-9, 2011
Where: Creighton Farms, Aldie, Va., and River Creek Club, Leesburg, Va.
What's on the Line: The 264 PGA Club Professionals are vying for the Leo Fraser Trophy and 35 spots in the 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, to be played at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Championship field (as of Oct. 4) (.pdf)
Fact sheet, history and past champions (.pdf)
Creighton Farms / Southworth Development (.pdf)
Last Year: Relive Robert Thompson's 2010 victory
Exclusive video interviews
Hanefeld claims second title in dramatic fashion
Kirk Hanefeld of Acton, Mass., ran the gauntlet of emotions in the span of an hour on Creighton Farms' final four holes Sunday before holding off Ken Martin of Wellington, Fla., to win by a single shot. Hanefeld, who also won in 2008, and Martin were the only two players to finish under par.
Gray cards tournament's third ace of week on No. 17
Mike Gray of Jupiter, Fla., picked an opportune moment to record his first competitive hole-in-one on Sunday when he made the third ace on the par-3 17th hole in a two-day span. The first two aces came 90 minutes apart on Saturday.
Martin slices Hanefeld's lead to two after 54 holes
Kirk Hanefeld of Acton, Mass., teed off Saturday with a six-shot lead, but struggled to a third-round 74. Meanwhile, his playing partner Ken Martin of Wellington, Fla., turned in the day’s low round of 69 to pull to within two shots heading into Sunday’s grand finale.
Two aces on same hole highlight third-round play at Creighton Farms
Perry Arthur of Plano, Texas, and Mark Kirk of East Aurora, N.Y., each recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole – coming 90 minutes apart – on Saturday. Both players used a 5-iron from 197 yards to secure the first two aces of the week.
Notebook: Nebraska legend White continues player development work
PGA Master Professional Jim White of Lincoln, Neb., has won 12 Nebraska PGA Section titles and has been a Section Player of the Year 19 times. He also was a key member of a team that established the PGA Professional Golf Management Program at the University of Nebraska.
Hanefeld extends lead to six after 36 holes in Virginia
Past Champion Kirk Hanefeld of Acton, Mass., made a statement with a second-round 5-under-par 67 at Creighton Farms to register an event-record 11-under-par 133 total through 36 holes. Leading the pursuers is Robert Linville of Greensboro, N.C., who had not made the cut in two previous appearances.
2008 champion Hanefeld off to strong start on great day for scoring
Former winner Kirk Hanefeld of Acton, Mass., took advantage of a soft River Creek Club layout to post a near-flawless 66 Thursday and grab the first-round lead. He collected seven birdies against one bogey, building a two-stroke advantage over Tom Herzan of Findlay, Ohio, and Mike Lawrence of Anderson, S.C.
Wednesday Notebook: Teacher of the Year Malaska is also quite a player
Mike Malaska, the 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year, pioneered a standard of physical fitness evaluation for all golfers, and this week he puts his own game on the line against his peers. Plus, the return to Virginia was a long time coming, The DeForest family is making quite a mark, and more.
Thompson looking to defend title at Senior PGA National Championship
A year after his victory in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, Texan Robert Thompson remains confident that he can continue to play well against national championship-level competition. "I have been playing some on the Champions Tour a good amount this year and my game is in order," said Thompson.
Skinner looks to be winner in return to Senior PGA National Championship
Sonny Skinner takes pride in his ability to play golf at the highest level, and is seeking his first National Championship in his second appearance at the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship. A victory, he says, would be a great leap in what has been a stellar playing career.
Thirsk reflects on landmark victory in Senior PGA Professonal National Championship
Stan Thirsk's career contains many highlights – among them serving as Tom Watson's first instructor, receiving the 1980 PGA Golf Professional of the Year award and being a member of the inaugural class of the PGA Professional Hall of Fame. This week, though, he's best remembered as the winner of the first Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
Creighton Farms, River Creek Club to host Senior PGA Professional National Championship
Creighton Farms of Aldie, Va., and River Creek Club of Leesburg, Va., will serve as co-hosts of the 23rd Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship, marking the first visit by the Championship to the Middle Atlantic PGA Section. Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, will host the final 36 holes.
Southworth Development named title sponsor of Senior PGA Professional National Championship
Southworth Development will become the title sponsor of the Senior PGA Professional National Championship and the 41 Section Championships conducted nationwide from 2011 through 2013. Southworth Development and The PGA of America have a partnership to develop PGA Villages in select U.S. marketplaces.