Senior PGA Championship Headed for Laurel Valley


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Laurel Valley Country Club, located in Ligonier, Pa., has been selected to host the 2005 Senior PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced on Thursday.
The tournament, one of five major championships on the Champions Tour docket, is scheduled for May 26-29, 2005. The venue is one of several home courses for Arnold Palmer, who, along with Ed Seay, has done re-design work on Laurel Valley since 1988.
'I am extremely pleased that the Senior PGA Championship is coming to Laurel Valley,' said Palmer, a two-time winner of this event. 'It has been the scene of a number of leading events in golf over the years and proved to be a worthy test. We are looking forward to an exciting championship on a great golf course that we have brought up to modern-day standards.'
Laurel Valley, designed by Dick Wilson in 1958, hosted the 1965 PGA Championship, won by Dave Marr, the 1975 Ryder Cup Matches, where Palmer led the U.S. to a 21-11 victory, and the 1989 U.S. Senior Open, won by Orville Moody.
'Laurel Valley Golf Club is one of this country's premier venues, which is bolstered by the support of Arnold Palmer and has demonstrated its versatility in hosting the best in golf for over four decades,' said M.G. Orender, the President of the PGA of America. 'We are excited about bringing the Senior PGA Championship to Laurel Valley, a community that respects the game of golf and will be outstanding supporters of this Championship.'
The 2003 Senior PGA Championship was also held in Pennsylvania, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, just outside of Philadelphia. John Jacobs won his first major title there in June.