PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Two-time Senior PGA Champion Arnold Palmer, who was recently married and has trimmed his competitive playing schedule for 2005, will make his 24th appearance in The 66th Senior PGA Championship, May 23-29, at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa., a golf club just 10 miles from his home and office in Latrobe.
Palmer, 75, who makes his home in Latrobe, Pa., is serving as Honorary Chairperson of the most historic, prestigious event in senior golf. Last year, the Senior PGA Championship featured 22 players who own a combined 73 major championships, and 34 international players representing 14 countries. Defending Champion Hale Irwin is among the field, and will make his bid for a fifth championship.
The winner of seven major titles, Palmer captured the Senior PGA Championship in 1980, while making his debut on the Champions Tour. He won again in 1984. Palmer is a founding member of Laurel Valley Golf Club, which hosted the 1965 PGA Championship won by Dave Marr, the 1975 Ryder Cup Matches in which Palmer captained the United States to a 21-11 victory over Great Britain & Ireland, and the 1989 U.S. Senior Open won by Orville Moody. Laurel Valley is also the site of the 1970, '71 and '72 National Team Championships, with the 1970 -- 71 titles won by Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
Designed by Dick Wilson in 1958, Laurel Valley Golf Club's 18 holes have since undergone may architectural changes by Palmer himself. The results are a nationally ranked treasure spanning 260 acres in Western Pennsylvania's breathtaking Laurel Highlands. For The 2007 Senior PGA Championship, the par-72 course will measure over 7,000 yards.
The Senior PGA Championship was begun in 1937 at Augusta National Golf Club at the invitation of legendary Bobby Jones, and has since featured the game's legendary stars that have reached the age of 50.
Tickets to The 66th Senior PGA Championship are available by calling 1-800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653), or by visiting www.seniorPGA2005.com.
The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.