Golf News: Goldie’s Take ~ The Champions Tour Set to Return to Boston in 2015

May 5, 2014 ~ The Champions Tour is coming to town!  The Champions Tour and the Belmont Country Club announced today that the Champions Tour will once again be coming to the Boston area.

The 2015 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS at Belmont Country Club will take place from June 8-14th 2015.  The 72 hole no cut event has a projected field of 80 players.

This is the first time the Champions Tour will return to Massachusetts since the Bank of America Championship in 2008 which was held at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA for 25 years.

The future host of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, Belmont Country Club, is located west of Boston and home to 6,855 yard, par-71 course.  World Golf Hall of Famer Donald Ross designed the original course, which has undergone various upgrades since, the most recent completed by Craig Schreiner in 2006.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity to host this event and looking forward to the impact that it is going to have on our local and regional economy.  We hope it is a major attraction and we’re happy to have the Champions Tour back to New England, we’re really looking forward to that,” said Belmont’s Director of Golf John Fields.

This is the first PGA TOUR event that Belmont Country Club has hosted since the 1937 Belmont Country Club Match Play, won by Byron Nelson.   Belmont is a favorite for many local competitions and has been host to a slew of Massachusetts Golf Association events such as 5 MA Open Tournaments (1914, 1933, 1947, 1962 and 2009) and 4 Massachusetts Amateur Events (1929, 1956, 1973, and 1998) as well as the 1916 US Women’s Amateur.

Andover native and Web.com Tour Player Rob Oppenheim had an historic win at Belmont Country Club in 2009 at the Massachusetts Open Championship.   Rob became one of only 6 golfers in  Massachusetts Golf history to win both the Massachusetts Amateur (2002) and Massachusetts Open Championships.

Local Rhode Island Champions Tour Player and Golf Channel Analyst Brad Faxon has been involved in the process of choosing Belmont Country Club as host site for The Senior Players Championship sponsored by Constellation from the beginning stating, “everything that we expect,  Belmont can provide and more.”  Brad has keen insight into the course layout, “Belmont has lots of undulation,  lots of movement in the fairways, so a lot of times you never have a flat lie and there are a few blind shots, it’s a little bit quirky … I think the golf course is fantastic,”  Faxon said.  When asked what he thought about the Champions Tour turning 35 this year he replied “it’s absolutely amazing to me that the Champions Tour is turning 35, fifty’s just a number!”

The deal between The Champions Tour and Belmont is only for 2015 but has options for 2016/17.  Presenting Sponsor Constellation Energy has agreed to sponsor thru 2017.

Generating more than $9 million in charity since its inception in 1992 The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS offers the second largest purse and is one of five major championships on the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour for eligible professionals age 50 and over.   2013 Charles Schwab Cup Champion Kenny Perry will defend his Constellation Senior Players Title at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.  June 26th thru 29th with a purse of $2, 700,000.00.

2014 marks the thirty fifth anniversary of the PGA Champions Tour.  Conceived as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000.00 for professional golfers age fifty and older.  It has grown to include the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game such as Major Championship winners and many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame compete regularly in events.

The 2014 season features $51.5 million and an average purse of $1.98 million.  The Tour celebrated its 1,000th winner last year when Bart Bryant captured the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in New York.   Don January, the Tour’s first Official winner in 1980, presented Bart with the trophy.

Last year, tournaments on all six Tours under the PGA TOUR umbrella donated more than $133 million to charitable and community organizations.  Total charitable contributions as of February 2014 surpassed $2 billion since 1937 surpassed $2 billion.   The Champions Tour’s charitable mission and charitable donations have had quite a significant impact in the communities served by Champions Tour events.

For more information about the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, please visit  cspgolf.com

 

Click on the podcast player below to listen to Liza’s WATD Sports interview with PGA Brad Faxon and Belmont’s John Fields

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About Liza Churchill

2014 Marks the 5th Anniversary of WATD Sports Reporter Liza Churchill’s coverage of the local South Shore, New England and National golf beat as a member of WATD’s Sports Team!