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Whitcomb Blog: Thank you, thank you very much
With the weather turning just perfect for the weekend, the beautiful and demanding Oak Hill Country Club as a setting, the incredible turnout from the fans here in Rochester, the amazing drama and competition and the classiness of eventual champion Jay Haas -- just wow. I mean, wow.
As we wrap things up from Rochester, allow me to say something that I know I say quite a bit -- but I still don't think I say it enough. There are so many great people to thank. We want to thank the membership of Oak Hill Country Club, Jeff Corcoran, the superintendent here at Oak Hill for the amazing job he and his crew did, the volunteers that turned out -- they should all be very, very proud.
Like I said earlier in the week, we couldn't do this without them. And certainly, our tournament staff, they really put forth a tremendous effort and it showed. A championship like this is such a team effort and we are fortunate to have such a fantastic team.
And as long as I'm giving out the "Thank Yous," how about one to the best senior players in the world. The show they put on, the shots, the class, the interaction with fans, all of it was such a treat to witness.
I also want to take a moment and tip my hat to Jeff Sluman. Jeff put on such a show this week, being a native son of Rochester, he had so much pressure, so many eyeballs on him all week. A large number of fans came out just to cheer him on, and yet he played superb for 72 holes. His poise, composure and talent were really on display throughout the entire tournament. So in all sincerity, thank you Mr. Sluman.
And how about that Bill Britton! What a show he put on! A PGA Club Professional comes in 16th place! He played great, he was among the leaders all week, and it goes to show the amount of drive and talent and dedication in our membership. He is a great ambassador for the 28,000 men and women that make up The PGA of America.
Obviously, there are going to be many wonderful memories I am going to take away from here. And what a great way for the world to see what The PGA of America is all about. So one more time, I am so grateful and so appreciative to everyone who helped make this tournament the best Senior Championship I've been a part of.
Finally, we had a few special guests here this week: the leadership of Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio. I know they were impressed by what they saw, inside the ropes, in the clubhouse, in the hospitality area, just everywhere. And they are going to host our next Senior PGA Championship in 2009. So I know they realize what a high bar was set this week but they are bound and determined to replicate, if not surpass, it. I hope they do. But it won't be easy. What a great week, great tournament and great championship. I hope everyone enjoyed it like I would think they did.
Our next PGA of America championship will be in June when we hold the PGA Professional National Championship. Seeing the action here has me excited to see more great golf. Reynolds Plantation, here we come. See you in a few weeks!