The site change was made due to the Ocean Course anticipating changing the putting surfaces from Tifdwarf to Tif Eagle during 2002. The PGA Club Professional Championship, however, will visit the Ocean Course in 2005.
The 35th PGA Club Professional Championship, featuring a purse of $350,000, will be the first conducted in Kentucky. Valhalla Golf Club, selected by Golf Digest as one of 'America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses,' was the site of the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championship. Valhalla also will host the 65th Senior PGA Championship, senior golf's oldest and most prestigious event, in June 2004; and the 37th Ryder Cup Matches in September 2007.
'In just a few years, Valhalla Golf Club has established itself as a world- class venue,' said PGA of America President Jack Connelly. 'We are delighted that we can maintain our tradition of outstanding CPC venues in bringing this national championship to Valhalla for the first time.'
The PGA Club Professional Championship, which began in 1968, will be televised live all four rounds by The Golf Channel.
Future sites for this event are: 2002 - Valhalla Golf Club - Louisville, Ky. - June 20-23; 2003 - TBD; 2004 - Longaberger Golf Club - Nashport, Ohio - June 24-27; 2005 - The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C. - Date TBD.