News & Notes from the 70th SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
May 19, 2009 by Al Canitia
Make Room for Lanny: Eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame will compete in the 70th Senior PGA Championship this week at Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland, Ohio -- Bob Charles, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Greg Norman, Nick Price and Tom Watson. Also in the field this week is Lanny Wadkins, the 1977 PGA Champion and 1995 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain, who was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in April and will be formally enshrined in the fall.
Nothing Wrong With 73: By a mere nine days, Dale Douglass holds the distinction as the oldest player in the field this week. Born March 5, 1936, Douglass and Bob Charles (born March 14, 1936) are 73 and going strong.
Like Sister, Like Brother: PGA Club Professional Butch Sheehan is the brother of Patty Sheehan, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Butch Sheehan, making his fourth Senior PGA Championship appearance this week, is a PGA teaching professional at Indian Wells (Calif.) Country Club.
Family Affair: The Senior PGA Championship features a unique father-son combination. Bob Charles is on the course, playing in his 21st Senior PGA Championship this week. Meanwhile, his son David, is working behind the scenes, as Senior Director of Championships for The PGA of America.
The Mouse and The Kong: The best nicknames of the week belong to Jerry "Mouse" Bruner and Hajime "Kong" Meshiai of Japan. Bruner, who lives in Los Angeles, nonetheless is one of the most popular figures on the European Senior Tour. He is nicknamed "Mouse" after the cartoon character "Mighty Mouse" because of his prodigious length off the tee despite only being 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Meshiai earned his moniker as one of the most powerful hitters on the Japan Senior Tour. Interestingly, Kong lists American basketball legend Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete.
Tickets for the 70th Senior PGA Championship went on sale in April and may be purchased by visiting www.seniorpga2009.com