Irwin the Target in 3M Championship


The Senior Tour field draws a bead on Hale Irwin as the 3M Championship is held this week. Irwin, who turned 57 years old on June 3rd, leads the Seniors in money won, a title he won two straight seasons but has eluded him the past two years.
Irwin has a big lead over No. 2 Bob Gilder. The tournament is held in Minnesota at the TPC of Twin Cities, between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The 3M Championship has pledged $150,000 to support the University of Minnesota golf team and is working on a scholarship endowment for future years. The Gophers were told earlier this year that golf was being disbanded at the school. However, Minnesota shocked the sporting world when it won the NCAA Championship, and golf was hurriedly reinstated.
Hollis Cavner, tournament director for the 3M Championship and a member of the Save Gopher Golf executive committee, said the first $1 million was pledged within the first two days. That bought a one-year reprieve for the program, and the committee was confident it could raise the additional $1.7 million. The 3M Championship now is working on establishing the scholarship endowment to assure the program's stability.
'Collegiate golf for both men and women was too important for Minnesota to lose,' Cavner said. 'It was only natural that the 3M Championship step forward to donate money to help save the program from extinction.'
Last years 3M champion was Bruce Lietzke, who was a rookie of the Senior Tour and winning for the first time. He would later in the year go on to win the SAS Championship as well.
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