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Jim Remy, Michael Allen, Alfred S. Bourne Trophy
PGA of America President Jim Remy capped off his week by posing with new Senior PGA Champion Michael Allen and the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

President's Diary: Big thank you for a great week of golf

In the final edition of his diary from Canterbury, PGA of America President offers his thoughts on new champion Michael Allen and expresses his gratitude to everyone involved in a fantastic event.

By Jim Remy, PGA of America President

BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- Did I write yesterday that this championship was going to come down to the final putt? Well, it pretty much did. My predictions this week were pretty good -- but maybe not as good as that performance by Michael Allen! 

What a great champion, what a tremendous performance and what a superb representative he will be for the Senior PGA Championship! His story, his work ethic, and his determination this week should inspire and remind us all what championship golf should be.

Oh, and let's give a nod to the selection committee that invited him to play in this tournament. Not a bad way to join the Champions Tour, to win in your debut event at a major championship!

I have had a great time keeping this diary here this week. I've used to it talk about the importance of this championship, the mission of The PGA of America and to emphasize the contribution of golf to our communities.  But I would be remiss if I didn't take this final entry to state my most important message in many ways.

"Thank You."

To my fellow officers, past and present, of The PGA of America for their support this week. To the PGA staff for their amazing performance. To the Northern Ohio PGA Section for their efforts. To the media for covering this event, and the sponsors who help make this happen. We could not do it without you.

And my biggest note of gratitude: To the staff and members of Canterbury Golf Club and the volunteers and fans in the Cleveland area. I won't be able to name them all -- the Internet isn't big enough -- but a few special people to thank include: Bill Townsend, the General Chair of the 70th Senior PGA Championship; the President of Canterbury Golf Club Tony Asher; Executive Vice Chairpersons Jay Park, Steve Demetriou, PGA Head Professional at Canterbury Michael Kernicki, General Manager Eric Rhodes and Superintendent Terry Bonar.

But from the lady who handed out pairings sheets to the little boy who worked as a signbearer to the gentlemen who worked the scoreboard, and the many other hundreds and thousands of people who gave of themselves to make sure this event went as smoothly as it did. You made this possible. We can't thank you enough.

Oh, and one final thank you I need to send: to you, the reader. I hope you enjoyed reading these entries even half as much as I've enjoyed writing them. This was a great week and a great championship.  I'm already thinking about Denver and the 2010 Senior PGA Championship. It's going to be great, but it has a tough standard to live up to.

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