By Matt Hombach
|Tom Watson heads a list of bigname golfers committed to play in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
Tom Watson, who has made the biggest splash in the golf world in 2009 with his near win at the British Open, has committed to play. Watson, who always attracts a strong group of followers when he competes on the Champions Tour, has played well in recent years here, but has yet to find enough final-round magic to put him over the top.
In addition to Watson, big-name players who have committed to the event include Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Craig Stadler, Hal Sutton, Fred Funk, Jay Haas and Nick Price.
Price has won 18 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors -- the 1994 British Open and the PGA Championship in 1992 and '94. He was the leader of the Constellation Energy Senior Players last year after three rounds, but finished tied for third, two strokes back of winner D.A Weibring, who will be back to defend his title.
Courses Give Back On Patriot Golf Day
Over Labor Day weekend, 60 golf courses throughout Maryland took part in Patriot Golf Day to raise funds for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a non-profit corporation that provides scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled in service.
Each participating course asked golfers to donate at least $1 to support the foundation that was founded by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 pilot and PGA member.
Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville has taken part in Patriot Golf Day each of the past three years. Renditions features replica holes of well-known golf courses throughout the world. For 2009, the course decided to offer a new challenge that raised additional funds for the cause.
On Renditions’ 13th hole, a replica of the Island Green par three at TPC Sawgrass, golfers could enter a “hit the green” challenge for $15. Golfers who hit the green won a golf shirt and all participating golfers received a half-price greens fee card to Renditions.
All told, Renditions raised nearly $500 for the foundation.
“We really feel it is important to support the troops that fight for our freedom and their families,” said Renditions general manager R. C. Fahler. “If there’s anything we can do to help the loved ones of those who have died in service to our country, we’re more than happy to do so.
“I know our golfers had a lot of fun participating in our challenge and in giving back to Folds of Honor. They were more than happy to contribute.”
Baltimorean Wins One-Armed Title
Country Club of Maryland member Vincent Biser recently took home the North American One-Armed Golfer Association championship.
The annual tournament, played this year at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., offers one-armed golfers from throughout the continent the chance to compete against one another. The event began with a stroke play-qualifying round, with the top finishers competing in a match play tournament.
With the win, the 21-year-old Biser gains an automatic slot on the U.S. Flightmaster Cup team that will take on a team of European one-armed golfers in September 2010 in a Ryder Cup-style event.
Tee It Up With NAIFA
The National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors of Baltimore (NAIFA) Charitable Foundation will host its 30th annual tournament Oct. 5 at Towson Golf and Country Club, Eagle’s Nest. The event is one of the longest running charitable tournaments in the area and raises money for NAIFA’s community service projects throughout the year.
The Florida Scramble-format event will begin at 1 p.m. with lunch served beforehand and an awards dinner afterward.
Issue 141: September 2009