Category: PGA TOUR Champions

Tom Lehman Gets Ready to Post Another “Victory”

The Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club

PGA TOUR player/architect Tom Lehman gets extremely excited when it comes to his 10th golf course in Arizona – The Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club. Sporting breath-taking views from the base of the White Tank Mountains in the West Valley, The Victory Course is the main amenity of the 55-plus active adult community being created by Scottsdale-based DMB, one the premiere golf community developers in the country. Continue reading “Tom Lehman Gets Ready to Post Another “Victory””

Tee It Up with a TOUR Pro at Tucson Conquistadores Classic

Tucson Conquistadores Classic

The Champions Tour will descend upon Tucson in March, giving golf aficionados the opportunity to play in a Champions Tour Pro-Am, rub shoulders with the pros and hit the shots with the game’s best.

Every golfer can share this unforgettable experience thanks to Omni Tucson National Resort, which is offering a unique “stay and play” package during the inaugural Tucson Conquistadores Classic, a Champions Tour event that will be held March 20-22 on the Catalina Course at the famed southern Arizona resort.

Omni’s Champions Tour Pro-Am Package includes three nights of luxury accommodations (for two) in a Mountain Vista room and features one amateur playing position in either of the Conquistadores Classic Pro-Am events on Wednesday, March 17, or Thursday, March 18, plus invitations to the Pro-Am parties and much more.

Both the Wednesday Champions Tour Pro-Am Package and the Thursday Champions Tour Pro-Am Package include:

    • Two (2) invitations to Tuesday’s exclusive Pro-Am Pairings Party
    • Two (2) invitations to Thursday’s Pro-Am Awards Party
    • One (1) Pro-Am participant credential providing special access on Wednesday to dine with the pros in VIP Pro-Am Hospitality Area
    • Two (2) grounds tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    • Custom deluxe Pro-Am gift package – a minimum value of $500
    • Souvenir autographed team photo and commemorative scorecard
    • Art of Breakfast Buffet daily in Fiesta (based on double occupancy)
    • $100 resort credit to be used in The Spa, also valid for dining in Legends Bar & Grill, or Bob’s Steak & Chop House
    • Food and beverage provided on course on selected Pro-Am day
    • VIP parking
    • Each package is priced at $4,500.

Ranked as one of the top 100 golf resorts by Condé Nast Traveler and one of the top 75 golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest, Omni Tucson National Resort is looking forward to welcoming back players who won here during their PGA TOUR careers and who are now competing on the Champions Tour. Past champions include Kirk Triplett, Jeff Sluman, David Frost, Tom Watson, and Craig Stadler, all of whom are scheduled to appear.

The Omni Champions Tour Pro-Am Package must be booked directly through the resort. Contact Jennifer Hentzen at 520-877–2351 and jennifer.hentzen@omnihotels.com.

Scottsdale: Vista Verde is now Tegavah

The Sonoran Desert has been a favorite golfing venue for more than a generation.  t got on the American golf map around the time that Jack, Tom, Arnie and Gary gathered in Scottsdale to play the first Skins Game in 1983. About 10 miles down the road from that first game, Vista Verde took root and for the past 8 years has provided a favorite gathering place for countless foursomes with a variety of skills.

A change in ownership and a refining of focus led to a name change, from Vista Verde to Tegavah, Yapavai for gathering place. In addition to a 7,729 yard golf course that takes full advantage of the sweeping contours of the desert in which it’s nested, Tegavah is developing a world-class residential community in the Sonoran Desert.

With golf as the foundation, the development planned by TerraWest Communities and OB Sports Golf Management and designed by Tate Studio Architects will embrace the stunning terrain and mountain views and provide a broad array of amenities, including a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, weight room, fitness center, movement studio, social and multi-purpose areas, outdoor pool and hot tub.

Give the course a test run and while you’re there, check out the development.

Kenny Perry Takes Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

Weather continues to be an issue on the PGA TOUR. From high winds in Hawaii to snow in Tucson, there seems to be a delay every week on TOUR. Weather is also causing issues on the LPGA Tour and on the Champions Tour. Last week, in Pittsburgh, there were heavy rains and flooding at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

Weather continues to be an issue on the PGA TOUR. From high winds in Hawaii to snow in Tucson, there seems to be a delay every week on TOUR. Weather is also causing issues on the LPGA Tour and on the Champions Tour. Last week, in Pittsburgh, there were heavy rains and flooding at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

Fox Chapel hosted the 2013 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. After the first round of the event, Kenny Perry was in the lead. He would play the next 54 holes 20 under par to claim his first major championship of his career. It was a long time coming for Perry, but shooting the scores he did and does, it was only a matter of time.

I like Kenny Perry. I have met him several times, and have watched him play on both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. I love seeing guys make that transition from one tour to the next. I remember the first time I met Kenny. He was walking down the fairway at The Brickyard Crossing during an event. He was walking near the ropes, and we started talking about… about golf! It was a practice round, and I was young. I didn’t know any better. I will always have that memory.

Kenny has also given Tiger some challenges over the years. Maybe I like Kenny for his Midwest mentality. Whatever it is, I am glad to see him win his first major championship.

It rained in Philly, but that didn’t stop Kenny from throwing darts, making putts, and winning his first major championship. Just remember, these guys are good!

Legends Tee It Up in Savannah, GA

Two legends of the game are teeing it up this week in Savannah, Georgia. Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus will be playing in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. I told you they were legends! Think about this stat for a second… Jack made 584 starts on the PGA TOUR and some 84 starts on the Champions Tour. In all of those starts, he has never played in Savannah, Georgia.

“I have no history of playing in Savannah, and I have no expectations,” Nicklaus said during Masters week, prior to joining Player and Arnold Palmer for the ceremonial opening tee shot.

Last year, Gary Player was paired with Bob Charles, another legend of the game. Unfortunately Charles was unable to make it, and Player asked Simon Hobday to play. Jack took offense, and said, “I wish you’d asked me. I would love to play with you.” This year, his wish will come true. Player and Nickalus teed off at 11:10 AM EST today.

The event is a team event, and Mike Hill and Lee Trevino will be joining Gary and Jack today. There are also a lot of other big names in the field including Jim Dent, Butch Baird, Jack Fleck, Bob Toiski, Doug Ford, and many more.

“I’m very happy to play with Jack,” Player said. “Obviously we’ve gone up together and have a lot of respect for each other, but I’m not doing it for fun. I want to win.”