Owners David Southworth and Joe Deitch address PGA Professional Field at Tuesday’s Reception
Aldie, Virginia – (October 6, 2011) Southworth Development owners David Southworth and Joe Deitch were on hand for Tuesday’s opening reception for the Southworth Senior PNC Championship held at Creighton Farms in Aldie, Virginia. The Championship’s 264-player field, composed of Senior PGA Professionals representing the 41 PGA Sections, will compete this week for a total purse of $285,000. Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, will host the final 36 holes. This marks the Senior PGA Professional National Championship’s first year of title sponsorship by Southworth Development.
David Southworth, President and CEO of Newton-based Southworth Development addressed the crowd by welcoming them to Creighton Farms, saying: “this is an honor to have the top PGA Professionals competing at Creighton Farms. The integrity and pride that each of you bring to the game of golf is shared by those you teach and play with each day at courses around the country.”
Joe Deitch went on to address the PGA Professionals by reminiscing about the recent visit by golf legend and Creighton Farms golf course architect, Jack Nicklaus, saying: “Jack carefully surveyed the course, making notes and careful adjustments and at one point even used a special iPhone application to determine that the slope on one of the greens might benefit from a one-inch adjustment. I thought to myself, ‘what Apple would give to get a shot of the world’s greatest golfer using an iPhone app to measure the plane on a golf hole.’
Southworth’s investment in the Senior Professional National Championship is part of a continued relationship with the PGA of America. Southworth Development has been working with The PGA of America for several years on the development of PGA Village – The Bahamas on Cat Island in The Bahamas. Recently, Southworth and The PGA of America have expanded their partnership and plan to work together to develop additional PGA Villages in select markets within the United States.
The top 35 finishers in the Senior PNC Championship earn berths in the 73rd Senior PGA Championship, which will be conducted May 24-27, 2012, at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2011 Champions Tour National Finals. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a Champions Tour career.