October 27, 2004
LIGONIER, Pa. - Pennsylvania's own Bob Ford, John Aubrey and Gary Hardin earned berths into the 66th Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club next year by finishing in the top 35 at the Callaway Golf PGA Senior Club Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Ford, from Oakmont, Pa., finished in second place at 277. He began the final round in a tie for third place with first place finisher Jim White, and remained in a tie for first place until hole No. 15, where White birdied and Ford bogeyed.
"I played 2-over-par when the heat was on and I knew I had to make more birdies," said Ford, PGA Master Professional at Oakmont Country Club and Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. "It was an easy day to play golf as the playing conditions were flawless, but I am very disappointed with my finish."
Aubrey of Butler, PA finished tied for 15th at 285, Hardin of Bethlehem, PA finished tied for 26th at 288, and Vucinich of Moon Township, PA finished tied for 32nd with 289.
"We couldn't be more pleased that three Pennsylvania professionals are eligible to compete in the 66th Senior PGA Championship," said John Coolbaugh, Tournament Director. "I think it demonstrates not only the great interest that exists in this area for the Championship, but to the fine heritage of professional golf as well.
"All three are true proven professionals and will add greatly to the appeal of a Major Championship."
Jim White from Lincoln, Nebraska captured the title finishing at 14-under par. "I competed in 3 previous Senior PGA Championships and finished in 17th place at the 2004 Senior PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky," said White. "I really look forward to traveling to southwestern Pennsylvania next May to play Laurel Valley."
Tickets for the 66th Senior PGA Championship may be purchased via telephone by dialing 800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653), or on the web at www.SENIORPGA2005.com.
The legends of golf return to Western Pennsylvania to compete in the most prestigious major championship in senior golf-the 66th Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa., May 23 - 29, 2005. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Craig Stadler, Peter Jacobsen and 2005 Champions Tour rookies Greg Norman and Curtis Strange are among the 156 players eligible to compete for the coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy.
Set in Western Pennsylvania's breathtaking Laurel Highlands, Laurel Valley Golf Club spans 260 glorious acres nestled between Laurel Ridge and Chestnut Ridge Mountains. Here, in this spectacular setting, Laurel Valley has realized the dream of its founders to become an ideal golf club, a course of unmatched strength and impeccable beauty whose intricate challenges are matched only by the timeless setting. With golf legend Arnold Palmer at the helm, Laurel Valley became nationally ranked, attracting the 1965 PGA Championship, 1975 Ryder Cup Matches and 1989 U.S. Senior Open.
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. The PGA of America also conducts four professional golf events: the Ryder Cup Matches, the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.