News & Notes for Thursday

May 21, 2009

CANTERBURY GOLF CLUB’S COURSE RECORD
IS A LONG STORY WHICH INVOLVES A PROUD AMATEUR

Canterbury Golf Club’s competitive course record is owned by a former amateur turned Tour professional and broadcaster – Bobby Clampett. He posted a 5-under-par 66 (played at par-71) in the 1979 U.S. Amateur.

The lowest score in relation to par by a professional is 5-under, and shared by eight individuals:

  • Sam Snead in the 1940 U.S. Open (par-72)
  • Five players in the 1973 PGA Championship (par-71) – Al Geiberger, Don Iverson, Denny Lyons, Buddy Allin, Lee Trevino
  • Chick Harbert and Chandler Harper in the 1946 U.S. Open (par-72)

However, the lowest score ever posted at Canterbury is owned by a lifetime amateur and club member, Brian Sparrow (age 54).

While playing in his regular Sunday foursome in 2002 from the back tees with par set at 72, Sparrow finished with a 8-under-par 64.

“It does feel pretty good to know I have the lowest score ever shot at Canterbury,” said Sparrow, a native of Providence, R.I., and winner of the 2007 Northeastern Ohio Amateur and the 1990 Michigan Medal Play Championship. “It was the lowest round I’ve ever had. I can tell you that my partners weren’t talking to me much that day. We have our own very competitive group, and it wasn’t what I would call a casual round.”

Three for the Ages:

When the threesome of Dave Stockton, Bob Charles and John Jacobs teed off on the first hole today at 7:50 a.m., they brought with them:

  • 204 combined years of age (Charles, 73 years; Stockton, 67; Jacobs, 64)
  • 136 years of combined professional experience (Charles, 49 years; Stockton, 45; Jacobs, 42)
  • Three major championships during their PGA Tour days (Stockton, 1970 and 1976 PGA Championship; Charles, 1963 British Open)
  • One Senior PGA Championship (Jacobs, 2003)

Together Again

Charles and Stockton are very familiar with one another while competing for senior major championships at Canterbury. In 1996, they played all four rounds together, with Stockton ultimately winning the U.S. Senior Open. They are playing the first two rounds together here this week.

In addition to Charles and Stockton, the last time O’Meara and Cook played Canterbury, they were paired together in the final match of the 1979 U.S. Amateur, with O’Meara eventually getting the better of Cook. Thirty years later, they too are paired together for the first two rounds.

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Wednesday News & Notes

May 20, 2009

Wednesday Quotes

“Great golf courses and great designs stand the test of time.” — Ohio native John Cook on Canterbury Golf Club, which was designed in the 1920s and is where Cook reached the final of the 1979 U.S. Amateur

“Visually, this is one of the best-looking courses we’ve ever played on for this Championship. Everything is so well-defined and right in front of you. It’s a pleasure to play here.” — Dana Quigley on Canterbury Golf Club. Quigley has six top-10 finishes in 12 Senior PGA Championship appearances.

O’Meara and Cook

Mark O’Meara and John Cook, winner and runner-up respectively, in the 1979 U.S. Amateur held at Canterbury Golf Club, come back this week playing at a high level. Each has three top-10 finishes in his last three starts on the Champions Tour.

The 1979 U.S. Amateur

A total of 11 players who competed in the 1979 U.S. Amateur are back this week at Canterbury for the 2009 Senior PGA Championship. Joining O’Meara and Cook from that list:

  • Dan Forsman
  • Ken Green
  • Gary Hallberg
  • Scott Hoch
  • Larry Mize
  • Brent Murray
  • Joey Sindelar
  • Hal Sutton
  • Bob Tway

This stellar group has accounted for 84 PGA Tour victories and five major championships. Some of the other participants in the 1979 U.S. Amateur included the late Payne Stewart, Fred Couples and Bobby Clampett.

For the First Time

Forty players are making their debut in the Senior PGA Championship this week. That class includes:

  • Wayne Grady, the 1990 PGA Champion
  • Tom Lehman, the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain and 1996 British Open Champion
  • Larry Mize, the 1987 Masters Champion
  • Hal Sutton, the 1983 PGA Champion
  • Bob Tway, the 1986 PGA Champion

Home “Court” Advantage?

In addition to his ability, defending champion Jay Haas is tapping into the minds of some Canterbury locals this week. His caddie, Tommy Lamb, is a nephew of Mike Kiely, a PGA member and the caddie master at Canterbury. Lamb has caddied on and played the course numerous times, Haas said.

Haas also has looked for advice from Bob Fairchild, winner of the Canterbury club championship 16 times – “There were a couple of greens that he [Fairchild] talked about , certain positions that the ball might break a littler oddly, that you might not expect it to move left or move right,” Haas said. “And he just said it’s pretty obvious — keep the ball below the hole.”

4-Under Might Be Golden:

Both Jay Haas and Loren Roberts thought that a 4-under-par total of 276 would serve any player well over 72 holes at this Senior PGA Championship.

This is the first time that Canterbury has played to a par of 70 in competition.

A Major Reminder

Dave Stockton, a two-time PGA Champion and 1991 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain, won the last senior major championship held at Canterbury Golf Club — the 1996 U.S. Senior Open.


The Future Looks Sunny

May 20, 2009

You’re 5-day weather forecast from Canterbury Golf Club can be summarized in three words — Great for Golf.

Picture 3Wednesday
Sunny  76 degrees

Picture 3Thursday
Sunny  80 degrees

Picture 4Friday
30% chance of showers  73 degrees

Picture 4Saturday
Partly Cloudy 69 degrees

Picture 4Sunday
AM Clouds PM Sunny  73 degrees


With the weather as nice as it’s going to be, fans are encouraged to come down to Canterbury and purchase tickets at the front gate. There is free parking available at Randall Park Mall off of Warrensville road and free shuttle service to the front gate.

Visit www.SeniorPGA2009.com for parking and ticket information.


Pro-Am Results, News & Notes

May 19, 2009

Tom Kite walks with his Pro-Am Teammates (photo: The PGA of America)

Tom Kite walks with his Pro-Am Teammates (photo: The PGA of America)

THE PRO-AM’s TOP PRO

Tom Watson, the 2001 Senior PGA Champion, posted the low professional round in the Pro-Am held today at the Senior PGA Championship. Watson offset two bogeys with four birdies for a 2-under-par 68 to edge Ohio native John Cook by one stroke. Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas and Wayne Grady, the 1990 PGA Champion, each shot even-par 70.

THE PRO-AM’s TOP TEAM

In the team competition, 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Tom Kite led his group to victory.  Kite and amateurs David Biscan, Bob Morris, Bob Nakasone and Jonathan Vassil shot 13-under-par 57 to win by one stroke over the team paced by two-time PGA Champion Nick Price (Jim Brown, Mac McLaughlin, Jerry Draga and Greg Bumbu).

For photos of the Pro-Am visit www.SeniorPGA2009.com.

PLAYER QUOTES

“These fairways [at Canterbury Golf Club] are better than a lot of greens I’ve putted on.” — PGA Club Professional Mike San Filippo, competing this week in his seventh consecutive Senior PGA Professional.

“There are two things you must do this week to be successful here [at Canterbury]: You must drive the ball in the fairway and you must keep the ball below the hole. This is probably the toughest set of greens I have ever played on one golf course.” — Kirk Hanefeld, the 2008 Senior PGA Professional National Champion, who is making his fourth consecutive appearance in the Senior PGA Championship.

A GATHERING OF CHAMPIONS

One of the great traditions of Senior PGA Championship week is the annual gathering of both Senior PGA Champions and PGA Champions for dinner and camaraderie. On Tuesday night, Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas hosted the Champions’ Dinner at Canterbury Golf Club. He was joined by 14 other Champions, including:

  • Allen Doyle (1999 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Hale Irwin (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004 Senior PGA Champion)
  • John Jacobs (2003 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Mike Reid (2005 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Charlie Sifford (1975 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Champion)
  • Dave Stockton (1970 and 1976 PGA Champion)
  • Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Champion)
  • Bob Tway (1986 PGA Champion)
  • Lanny Wadkins (1977 PGA Champion)
  • Tom Wargo (1993 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Denis Watson (2007 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Tom Watson (2001 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Fuzzy Zoeller (2002 Senior PGA Champion)

They dined on a menu chosen by Haas and his wife, Jan, which included:

  • Baby mixed greens with warm brie in puff pastry
  • Petit filet mignon with rosemary-infused reduction
  • Lobster tail with scallion-lemon zest buerre blanc
  • Whipped potato croquette
  • Grilled asparagus
  • White chocolate banana cream pie (a favorite of Jay and Jan Haas and a recipe from Winnie Palmer, the late wife of Arnold Palmer)

As a gift to the assembled Champions, Haas selected a Match Pewter pitcher.

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The Canterbury Tale: Senior PGA Prologue

May 18, 2009

For those familiar with “The Canterbury Tales,” written by Geoffrey Chaucer, it is hard to miss the fact that this epic poem shares its name with the course that will host the 70th Senior PGA Championship this week. “The Canterbury Tales” is a collection of stories by a group of individuals making a pilgrimage to a city named Canterbury. Chaucer included a prologue to introduce the premise, each pilgrim and set up his or her tale.

We thought it would be fun to make our own “Senior PGA” version of this prologue. May my English teachers forgive me …

It’s happening in Cleveland, three days from now
A Championship, prestigious, historic and how.
The destination, a course rich in tradition
Towards Canterbury they come with PGA permission.
This week the Seniors will visit this city,
Professionals, some one hundred and fifty.
In fellowship, they are golfers all
Legends, proficient at striking a ball.
While all are eligible for the AARP
They are energetic and fun, you’ll definitely see.
By comparison, I seem frail and scuzzy
Even standing next to the one named Fuzzy
From across the country they’re making the trip
By car, by plane, but probably not ship.
One destination, one place to play
To Canterbury, as you heard me say.

Among them 23 major champions there are
41 titles combined, and that’s just thus far.
13 Masters, 12 British and 7 Open claimers
9 PGA Championships and 8 Hall of Famers.

Their Defending Champion comes raring to start
He possesses a weapon with whom few would part.
Tommy Lamb is his name, a friend and caddy
Read greens at this course when he was a laddie.
Twice has the Champion defeated his friends,
But with none does he plan to make amends.

Ready and waiting will be the Great White Shark
He has more fans than most amusement parks.
As one of the biggest names ever in the sport,
A repeat champion he is planning to thwart.
At his side will be a former tennis star
Reminding him no winner only shoots par.

For some this will be their first time back,
In ’79, a lifetime of memories did they lack.
In that year, two amateurs were at their best
Just starting to distinguish themselves from the rest.
O’Meara and Cook were in the finals that year
The former victorious and garnered the cheer.
With them were Hal Sutton and Bob Tway
PGA Champions they would be one day.

Seven coming back were here in ‘73
When Nicklaus said, “This Majors record belongs to me.”
In ‘96, of these seven, Irwin and Stockton returned
Unfortunately, for the title one would still yearn.
While Irwin made a push in the eleventh hour
It’s unlike Stockton to cower.
The U.S. Senior Open trophy he got to kiss
While Irwin settled with the near miss.
However, Irwin was not to be undone
Since then, four Senior PGAs he has won.

All these golf greats, from Bob Charles to Bob Tway
Are still some of the best despite all the grey.
It is for one thing they crave, one primal need,
To have their names etched beside that of Sam Snead’s.
The winner will be listed with Nicklaus and Palmer,
Trevino, Floyd, Watson, Player and Zoeller.
But to the winner, it’s important to warn
Surprisingly heavy is the trophy named Bourne.
Make no mistake, it’s senior golf’s most historic prize
But to hoist it with one hand would be most unwise.

To Canterbury they flock ready for war,
Sure to leave fans wanting for more.

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Iron Chef is Featured Server at Pro-Am Draw Party

May 18, 2009
Michael Symon (center) with PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka (left) and President Jim Remy

Michael Symon (center) with PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka (left) and President Jim Remy

Pro-Am participants attending the draw party Monday night are in for a truly unique experience. While choosing which PGA legend they will be golfing with the next day, attendees will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvrs selected and prepared by Iron Chef and Cleveland’s most celebrated culinary expert, Michael Symon.

Symon was named an Iron Chef in 2007 on the Food Network reality program, “The Next Iron Chef.” In 2008, he became a host for the network’s “Dinner: Impossible.” In addition, he is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit, Esquire, Food Arts, Gourmet, Saveur and O, The Oprah Magazine.

In February 1997, Symon and his then-fiancée (now wife), Liz Shanahan, opened Lola in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. The restaurant garnered rave reviews, with Symon earning recognition in 1998 as one of the Ten Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine.

In 2005, Symon converted Lola into Lolita, and reopened Lola in downtown Cleveland the following year. In the fall of 2008, he also opened Roast at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, and now has plans to open two new restaurants in the Cleveland area – Bar Symon and The B Spot. Click here to learn more about his two new Cleveland restaurants.

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WKYC to Air Senior PGA Championship Preview Show

May 15, 2009

For those who missed it on SportsTime Ohio, the Senior PGA Championship Preview Show will air this Saturday (May 16) at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 3, WKYC.

Hosted by Jim Donovan and PGA Professional Jimmy Hanlin, the preview show features interviews with Canterbury Golf Club and PGA officials, a hole-by-hole analysis of the course, details of Canterbury’s rich history with the PGA and Major Championship golf, and the PGA’s reasoning behind completely rerouting the course.

Watch a :30 second clip below:

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