Chapman kicks off festivities for 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid
Roger Chapman, defending champion of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, was at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis on Monday to kick off festivities for his upcoming title defense.
By John Kim
ST. LOUIS -- Roger Chapman, winner of the 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, helped kick off festivities Monday for the 2013 Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club outside of St. Louis.
Chapman was joined by PGA of America President Ted Bishop, Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon, Hall-of-Fame shortstop and St. Louis Cardinals icon Ozzie Smith (Gateway PGA Foundation President) as well as other executives from the PGA of America and KitchenAid.
Chapman's win in the 2012 Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., was Englishman’s first Champions Tour victory and first major title. He defeated John Cook with a 13-under-par 271 total.
Just two months later, Chapman became a two-time major champion with a win at the U.S. Senior Open.
Monday's media day started with a round of golf for the assembled executives and media followed by a video presentation of Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid highlights and a video tribute to Chapman's dominant performance at the 2012 championship. A question and answer session and one-on-one interviews were then conducted and a ceremonial raising of the flag as the 2013 Senior PGA Championship banner was raised above Bellerive.
Chapman and other officials then went to visit K Life, an urban renewal project in downtown St. Louis, which incorporates PGA Reach -- a program to mentor at-risk youth, using many of the principles and lessons from golf.