Rookies Comprise Senior Slam Field


Four first-timers will compete in the ninth annual Senior Slam. This years event will take place on the Lost Gold Course at Superstition Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz., after a last minute-change of venue.
Jim Thorpe, Fuzzy Zoeller, Don Pooley and Stewart Ginn will all make their first appearances in the unofficial $600,000 two-day, stroke-play event.
The tournament was to take place at the Our Lucaya resort in Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, but was switched when the resort determined it couldn't stage the competition.
The event was played at Our Lucaya in 2000, but was moved to the World Golf Villages Slammer & Squire course in St. Augustine, Fla., last year when Allen Doyle won. The tournament was contested in Mexico its first six years.
Players qualified by winning a major championship. Thorpe captured The Tradition, which was also held at Superstition Mountain; Zoeller won the Senior PGA Championship; Don Pooley prevailed in the U.S. Senior Open; and Stewart Gin won the Ford Senior Players Championship.
This years winner will collect $300,000; the runner-up will get $150,000; $100,000 goes to third place; and the man in fourth gets $50,000.
Of the four in the field, Thorpe finished highest on the 2002 money list. He earned $1,511,591 to end the season in ninth place. Pooley finished 17th in cash, with $1,155,456. Ginn and Zoeller were close behind, at 19th and 20th, respectively. Ginn made $950,055, while Zoeller collected $945,211.