Next week, Valhalla Golf Club will be the place to see and be seen, promises Senior PGA Championship Director Ben Rubin – even for those who aren’t golf aficionados.
“It’s a social environment that everyone of all interests and ages can enjoy,” he said. “It’s going to be a great place to network and meet people and, obviously, it’s beautiful scenery.”
Easy access to the club and on-site parking, a range of ticket options, demonstrations by famous chefs, a number of hospitality choices and the gorgeous outdoor setting that is Valhalla have all enticed what Rubin predicts will be between 60,000 and 80,000 spectators to attend the 72nd Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid May 24-29. “We’re excited about where we are with ticket sales,” he said. “The golf course is looking great, and I feel good about where we stand. The Louisville community is really supporting us.”
The field of 156 players “is the strongest field in senior golf,” said Rubin, adding that the Senior PGA leaderboard has some of the most recognizable faces in the sport. “We have a great field with local favorites Kenny Perry, Fuzzy Zoeller, Russ Cochran and Ted Schulz and other great major champions, including Paul Azinger, Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, Corey Pavin, and defending champion Tom Lehman, who won the tournament in 2010 at Colorado Golf Club.”
Practice rounds are Tuesday and Wednesday; championship rounds will be played Thursday through Sunday. Single day tickets start at $40. Kids 17 years of age and younger will be admitted into the Championship Grounds for free with an accompanying ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult is permitted four junior admissions daily at no additional charge. Junior tickets can be picked-up on site at the Will Call Office on the day of admission.
The PGA also is offering free admission to all active military personnel. “Our ability to connect this year’s championship at Valhalla to an opportunity to enrich the lives of our military personnel makes the championship even more satisfying for all of us involved,” Rubin said.
Presenting sponsor KitchenAid will tap into our food-loving culture and invite fans to explore the Fairway Club located adjacent to Valhalla’s 13th hole. The club will feature cooking demonstrations by some of the nation’s most recognizable chefs, including “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman, “Simply Ming” host Ming Tsai and Louisville’s own Anthony Lamas, owner of Seviche. “Golf fans and non-golf fans alike will have the opportunity to go in and see these chefs,” Rubin said.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience a state-of-the-art golf simulator and skills contest, interactive demonstrations of signature KitchenAid products and more. There will also be a gallery located next to the 10th hole showcasing KitchenAid products in both indoor and outdoor kitchen settings.
“It really is going to be the place to be that week,” Rubin said.
72nd Senior PGA Championship Presented By KitchenAid
May 24 – 29
Valhalla Golf Club, 15503 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40245
For ticketing questions call 800.PGA.GOLF (800.742.4653) or go to www.pga.com/seniorpga/2011.
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The Senior PGA will air on the Golf Channel noon-3 p.m. May 26 and May 27 and on NBC from 3-6 p.m. May 28 and May 29.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday-Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Public shuttle hours
Tuesday-Friday: 6:45 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 7:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact writer Angie Fenton at 502.551.2698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.