08.14.2003 12:03 pm (EST)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Laurel Valley Golf Club of Ligonier, Pa., the site of several of golf's premier competitions and one of several "home courses" to golf legend Arnold Palmer, has been selected to host the 66th Senior PGA Championship, May 23-29, 2005.
Laurel Valley Golf Club, designed by Dick Wilson in 1958, has been host to the 1965 PGA Championship won by the late Dave Marr, the 1975 Ryder Cup Matches in which Palmer guided the U.S. to a resounding victory, and to the 1989 U.S. Senior Open won by Orville Moody. Selected one of "America's 100 Greatest Courses" by Golf Digest, Laurel Valley Golf Club plays to a par-72 and measures 7,326 yards from its championship tees. Palmer and Ed Seay first collaborated on a course redesign project in 1988 and have since continued to add various enhancements.
"Laurel Valley Golf Club is one of this country's premier venues, which is bolstered by the support of Arnold Palmer and has demonstrated its versatility in hosting the best in golf for over four decades," said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. "We are excited about bringing the Senior PGA Championship to Laurel Valley, a community that respects the game of golf and will be outstanding supporters of this Championship."
Palmer is a member of the Laurel Valley Board of Directors and has been the club's tournament professional since its founding.
"I am extremely pleased that the Senior PGA Championship is coming to Laurel Valley," said Palmer. "It has been the scene of a number of leading events in golf over the years and proved to be a worthy test. We are looking forward to an exciting Championship on a great golf course that we have brought up to modern-day standards."
"The PGA of America made a wise decision a few years ago to move its Senior PGA Championship to top-flight courses around the country in the heart of the season. It enhanced the tournament's prestige as one of the leading events in senior golf every year. Laurel Valley will add another feather to its cap."
The 66th Senior PGA Championship is the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf, having begun in 1937 at Augusta National Golf Club at the invitation of legendary Bobby Jones.
"We at Laurel Valley are delighted to be serving as hosts of the prestigious Senior PGA Championship in 2005, " said former Laurel Valley Golf Club President Howard M. Love. "Our association with The PGA of America goes back many years to the PGA Championship itself in 1965. I know that our membership will throw its full support behind the Senior PGA Championship and help make it an outstanding event on the 2005 golf calendar."
For information on tickets and hospitality to the 66th Senior PGA Championship, please call 1-800-PGA-TCKT (742-8258), or visit www.PGA.com.
Founded in 1916, The PGA of America is a not-for-profit organization composed of more than 28,000 men and women professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.