August 9, 2004
LIGONIER, PA - With ten months remaining before the first official tee time, the PGA of America has announced that the 66th Senior PGA Championship has contributed more than $40,000 in cash, merchandise and Championship Passes to 46 charities and non-profit organizations throughout Western Pennsylvania.
The 66th Senior PGA Championship, a major golf championship that will be held at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania from May 23 - 29, 2005, have provided support to a diverse group of organizations including the Ligonier Valley Little League, The First Tee of Pittsburgh, the Extra Mile Foundations, Junior Achievement, The Mario Lemieux Foundation, The Boys & Girls club of Western Pennsylvania, Latrobe Area Hospital, and St. Vincent College.
"The Senior PGA Championship is conducted each year by the PGA of America, an organization well-known for its philanthropic work," said John Coolbaugh, Director of the 66th Senior PGA Championship. "The PGA of America is elated that Western Pennsylvania has welcomed the 66th Senior PGA Championship, and whishes to give back to the community in appreciation.
"Best of all, our philanthropic efforts are only just beginning."
Organizations that have received support as of August 5 are:
The contribution of time and energy by more than 1,500 Championship Volunteers permits the 66th Senior Championship to function flawlessly on a lower operational budget, thus allowing room for more charitable contributions to be made. Championship Volunteers assist with every aspect of planning and executing the 66th Senior PGA Championship from crowd control to scorekeeping. Coolbaugh, stated, "volunteers are the backbone of the Championship. Without them we would not be able to conduct this Major Championship. It is that simple."
The Senior PGA Championship is the most historic, prestigious major championship of the Champions Tour. Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Player, Fuzzy Zoeller and 2005 Champions Tour rookies Greg Norman and Curtis Strange are among the 156 players scheduled to compete for the coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. Also expected to participate are a field of senior golfers that combined include 15 Senior PGA champions, 12 PGA champions, 15 U.S. Open champions, 9 British Open champions, 10 Ryder Cup captains, and 40 former Ryder Cup players.
Weekly Passes and Daily Tickets are available and range in price from $10 for a Daily Practice Round Ticket to $175 for a Weekly Palmer Pavilion Pass. Discount pricing is available on tickets and passes purchased before January 1, 2005.
For information about Championship tickets and volunteer opportunities call 724-238-4400 or visit www.seniorpga2005.com.