By CRAIG DOLCH
Special to PGA of America
PORT ST. LUCIE – Many of the top PGA Professionals from around the U.S. will descend on PGA Golf Club this month for the PGA Winter Championships.
The five-week competition starts Thursday with the Quarter Century Championship, where players have to be members of the PGA of America for at least 25 years. The 36-hole event will be played on the Wanamaker and Ryder courses at PGA Golf Club.
Last year’s Quarter Century Champions were Stu Ingraham of Broomall, Pa. (ages 50-64) and Jerry Tucker of Stuart (65 and older).
Other events in the PGA Winter Championships, with defending champions, are the Senior Stroke Play Championship (Jan. 7-8, Neal Lancaster and Lon Nielsen), the Senior-Junior Team Championship (Jan. 14-17, Mark Brown and Matt Dobyns), the Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship (Jan. 28-30, Rich Berberian Jr. and Rob Corcoran), the Stroke Play Championship (Feb. 4-6, Jason Caron) and the Women’s Stroke Play Championship (Feb. 4-6, Karen Paolozzi).
The PGA Winter Championships started in 1954 at PGA National Golf Club in Dunedin, Fla., to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. It has been held at PGA Golf Club since 2000.
The PGA Winter Championships are presented by Golf Advisor and PrimeSport.
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