2006 Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree picks May 22-28 for dates

Oak Tree Golf Club was selected last August to host the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The 67th Senior PGA Championship, which will attract many of golf's legendary and premier senior players, will be played May 22-28, 2006, at Oak Tree Golf Club of Edmond, Okla., PGA of America officials have announced. Oak Tree Golf Club was selected last August to host the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf.

Designed by world-renowned golf course architect Pete Dye, Oak Tree has hosted the 1980 PGA Cup Matches, the 1988 PGA Championship and the 2000 PGA Club Professional Championship. The 67th Senior PGA Championship will make Oak Tree Golf Club the sixth course in history to host both a PGA and Senior PGA Championship.

Oak Tree Golf Club opened in 1976 and has been recognized by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine as one of the premier courses in the United States. The par-71, 6,856-yard layout was the scene of Jeff Sluman's stunning PGA Championship victory in 1988 and Scott Verplank's triumph in the 1984 U.S. Amateur. In 1980, a U.S. Team of PGA Professionals defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 15-6, at Oak Tree Golf Club, and in 2000, Tim Thelen of Richardson, Texas, won the PGA Club Professional Championship in a five-hole playoff.

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. In addition to the Senior PGA Championship, the PGA of America conducts the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches and PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Future Senior PGA Championship Sites:

  • May 23-29, 2005: Laurel Valley Golf Club, Ligonier, Pa.
  • May 22-28, 2006: Oak Tree Golf Club, Edmond, Okla.
  • May 21-27, 2007: Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean Course), Kiawah Island, S.C.

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