DETROIT, Mich.-- Buick has announced it will serve as the official vehicle of the 2005 PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship.
Buick will provide courtesy vehicles for the players and officials at the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Aug. 8-14, and for the 66th Senior PGA Championship, May 24-29, at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa.
"Buick is very excited to become the official vehicle of the 2005 PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship, two of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world," said Larry Peck, Buick's golf marketing manager. "This is a great opportunity for us to extend our relationship with The PGA of America, strengthen our commitment to golf and show our great new line-up including the all-new Buick LaCrosse."
The inaugural PGA Championship took place in 1916 at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. Vijay Singh is the defending PGA Champion, the 2004 PGA Player of the Year and Vardon Trophy winner. Previous PGA Champions include: Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart, John Daly, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods.
Woods, who has an endorsement agreement with Buick, was the first player to win the PGA Championship in back-to-back years (1999 and 2000) since Denny Shute in 1936-37.
Hale Irwin, who has amassed the most prolific record in senior golf, is defending Senior PGA Champion, and owner of four titles dating back to 1996. The Senior PGA Championship, the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf, originated in 1937 at Augusta National Golf Club, and was hosted by the legendary Bobby Jones.
No experience with the game of golf is necessary to volunteer. "Many people volunteer because they recognize what the Championship means to the community and region," said Manser. "An event of this magnitude will have a tremendous positive impact on the region's economy attracting visitors from around the world to our backyard. We are very proud of our community, and want all visitors to have positive experiences."
Buick, the official car of the PGA Tour since 1984, is the title-sponsor of three PGA Tour events in 2005: The Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. (Jan. 17-23); the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. (July 25-31); and the Buick Championship at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. (Aug. 22-28). Buick has donated more than $30 million to local charities through its PGA Tour events.
The PGA of America 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.