PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Great Waters and Reynolds Landing, two venues that
are part of the Southeast’s premier golf course community at Reynolds Plantation
in Greensboro, Ga., have been named the site of the 41st PGA Professional National
Championship, the showcase event for PGA Professionals, which will be contested
June 19-22, 2008.
Making its first appearance in Georgia since 1979, the PGA Professional National
Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing The PGA
of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.
In 2008, the National Championship field will compete on both Reynolds Landing’s
7,051-yard, par-72 layout, and the 7,048-yard, par-72 Great Waters, which also
will be host for the final two rounds of the Championship. The PGA Professional
National Championship, which carried a $550,000 total purse this year, is broadcast
live all four rounds by the Golf Channel.
“It is with a great deal of pleasure that our Association’s National
Championship will showcase its finest playing professionals at Reynolds Plantation,” said
PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. “The PGA Professional National
Championship has a tradition of providing both spectacular and challenging
venues which have produced outstanding Champions for four decades. Through
its world-class facilities, we are delighted that Reynolds Plantation has partnered
with our Association to bring the attention of the country to this Championship.”
Located 75 miles east of Atlanta and 70 miles west of Augusta, Ga., Reynolds
Plantation is a 10,000-plus acre property that offers five championship golf
courses among a variety of recreational pursuits by its residents. This fall,
the Oconee Course at Reynolds Plantation will host the 22nd PGA Cup, Sept.
21-23, a Ryder Cup-style competition matching a United States Team of PGA Professionals
against Great Britain & Ireland.
“Reynolds Plantation is very excited and honored to be hosting the 2008
PGA Professional National Championship. We believe that this is a perfect partnership,” said
Vice President of Golf Operations Bob Mauragas. “As a PGA Professional,
my staff and I look forward to the challenge of making this the best PGA Professional
National Championship ever.”
Designed by Bob Cupp and opened for play in 1986, Reynolds Landing (formerly
Port Armor) was the first golf course built on Lake Oconee, the second largest
lake in Georgia. At its opening, it was called one of the state’s finest golf
courses. It features a variety of holes that wind through naturally wooded
areas and rolling hills, with three holes that wrap along the lake shoreline.
It is one of the premium tests of golf on Lake Oconee.
Great Waters is one of Jack Nicklaus’s signature courses, which opened in 1992,
and offers players some of the most dramatic golf scenery in the Southeast.
Nine holes line the shores of Lake Oconee, offering both exciting challenges
and spectacular views.
The PGA Professional National Championship celebrates its 40th edition this
summer, June 21-24, at Crosswater Golf Club and Meadows Golf Course at Sunriver
(Ore.) Resort. The low 20 scorers in the PGA Professional National Championship
will earn a berth into the 89th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at Southern Hills
Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
The PGA Professional National Championship is presented by Titleist, FootJoy
and Cobra; Buick and Club Car. The PGA Tour is the Supporting Sponsor of PGA
of America Professional Tournaments. The Golf Channel, an exclusive media partner,
will present live televised coverage of the Championship. The 41 Section Championships
and the National Championship offer a combined purse of $1.5 million.
The PGA Professional National Championship, begun in 1968, features some
of the finest players in the Association. It has been conducted in 13 states
in the previous 39 years. The roster of PGA Professional National Champions
include past or current Tour professionals Bob Rosburg, Sam Snead, Ed Dougherty,
Bruce Fleisher, Rex Baxter Jr., Don Massengale, Laurie Hammer, Larry Webb,
Bob Boyd, Brett Upper, Bruce Zabriski and Mike Small.