AS AN INDIANA NATIVE AND LARRY BIRD fan, I can get behind this news.
|Larry Bird will host the 2015 Senior PGA Championship.
(OK, actually his hometown of French Lick.)
From the PGA of America:
French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course, which opened in 2009, will be the site of the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf, May 21-24, 2015. The Senior PGA Championship becomes the fourth major championship hosted by the resort, following the 1924 PGA Championship, played on the Donald Ross Course, won by Walter Hagen whose triumph began a remarkable four-year PGA winning streak. The French Lick Resort also hosted the 1959 and ’60 LPGA Championships. French Lick’s Pete Dye Course also hosted the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship.
The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid marks its first visit to Indiana, with an international 156-member field competing on the par-72, 7,400-yard Pete Dye Course, designed by its legendary namesake.
“The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid has demonstrated its ability to attract and establish a tradition of bringing this premier event to many of the premier courses in the country,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop.
“It is exciting to have the opportunity to bring the Championship to French Lick, which most recognize as the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird, but also became a site of golf history when Walter Hagen, one of our Association founders, enhanced his legendary career. The connection is now alive again in 2015 when the finest senior professionals in the world, including some of legendary status, compete for the Alfred S. Bourne trophy in Indiana.”
The question is, will “The Hick from French Lick” be on hand in May 2015 to watch some small ball?