100 facts for 100 days to go until 74th Senior PGA Championship

100 facts for 100 days to go until 74th Senior PGA Championship


SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP 1. The Senior PGA Championship was first played in 1937 and was established to provide an opportunity to PGA members 50 years of age and older to compete with their peers. 2. The Senior PGA Championship is the oldest and most prestigious major championship in senior golf. 3. At the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones, the inaugural Senior PGA Championship was played at Augusta National Golf Club three years after the first Masters Tournament was held there. 4. The purse for first Senior PGA Championship was $2,000. 5. Each Senior PGA Championship from 1940 through 2000 was played in Florida. 6. From 1982 to 2000, the Championship was contested at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 7. Players compete for the famed Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. 8. The Bourne Trophy is the largest of all The PGA of America trophies. 9. The Bourne Trophy stands 42 inches high, weighs 36 pounds and is 18 inches wide. 10. Alfred Severin Bourne donated a check for $1,500, for the creation of a trophy for the Senior PGA Championship. 11. Bourne was one of the original members of Augusta National Golf Club. 12. The 2012 Defending Champion is Roger Chapman from England. 13. Roger Chapman also won the 2012 U.S. Senior Open. 14. Jock Hutchinson won the first Senior PGA Championship in 1937. 15. Sam Snead has the most Senior PGA Championship titles, winning the event six times. (1964, '65, '67, '70, '72, '73) 16. Arnold Palmer is a two time winner. (1980, '84) 17. Hale Irwin is a four-time Senior PGA Champion. (1996, '97, '98, '04) 18. Jay Haas is a two-time Senior PGA Champion. (2006, '08) 19. Current Ryder Cup Team US Captain, Tom Watson, is a two-time Senior PGA Champion. (2001, '11) 20. The Senior PGA Championship field consists of a maximum of 156 players. 21. In 1973, at the East Course at PGA National Golf Club, Sam Snead won his sixth Senior PGA Championship with a score of 20-under-par 268, a record that still stands today. 22. There are over 2,000 volunteers for the 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. 23. For the last year, there has been a full-time staff working to plan the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid on-site at Bellerive Country Club. 24. Jason Mengel is the Championship Director for the 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. 25. The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is broadcasted during Championship Week on The Golf Channel and NBC. 26. Follow the Championship on Twitter: @2013SeniorPGA 27. You must be 50 years of age or older to play in the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. 28. To purchase tickets, visit www.spga2013.com 29. Championship tickets start at just $15 for Tuesday or Wednesday practice round tickets. 30. For an upgraded experience, fans can purchase a Weeklong Clubhouse Package for $300. 31. Juniors 17 year of age and younger will be admitted onto the Championship Grounds for FREE with an accompanying ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult will be permitted four (4) junior admissions daily at no additional charge. 32. To honor the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces, The PGA of America offers Active Duty, Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard, DoD Civilians and their accompanying spouse complimentary Daily Grounds tickets with a valid military ID.

THE PGA OF AMERICA 33. The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization, comprised of 27,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf. 34. There are 41 PGA Sections nationwide, including the Gateway Section here in St. Louis. 35. The PGA of America was founded in 1916 in New York City. 36. Rodman Wanamaker founded the PGA of America. 37. The first PGA Championship was in 1916. 38. In 1927, English seed merchant Samuel Ryder donated a trophy to The Professional Golfers' Association (of Great Britain and Ireland) as a prize for an international competition between America and British professionals, The Ryder Cup. 39. During World War II in 1942, The PGA of America purchased two ambulances for the Red Cross and distributed clubs and balls at military bases. The Association also raised more than $25,000 for USO, Red Cross, Navy and Army Relief. 40. In 1958, the PGA Championship was broadcast live on television and radio for the first time. 41. PGA Headquarters have been located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida since 1981. 42. In 2004, The PGA of America launched a nationwide Play Golf America initiative to support the growth of the game. 43. Pete Bevacqua is the current CEO of The PGA of America. 44. Ted Bishop is the current president of The PGA of America. 45. Kerry Haigh is the current Chief Championships Officer of The PGA of America. 46. The PGA Championship is broadcast live for 27 hours to over 400 million households, worldwide. 47. The PGA of America runs four spectator championships: the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, and the Grand Slam of Golf. 48. The PGA Foundation serves as the PGA of America's philanthropic arm, as it is a charitable, educational, and research organization that was founded in 1954. The Foundation distributes funds to golf instruction and community golf programs, research and education, minority golf programs and junior golf tournaments and events. 49. The PGA of America's logo is gold and blue in color. 50. For PGA of America related news, you can visit www.pga.com.

KITCHENAID51. KitchenAid was started in1919 by The Hobart Corporation to produce stand mixers. 52. The idea of a stand mixer was formulated by Herbert Johnson, an engineer working at the Hobart Corporation. 53. In 1917, Hobart stand mixers became standard equipment on all U.S. Navy ships, prompting development to begin on the first home models. 54. In 1918, company executives were alleged to be testing machines in their houses. "I do not care what you call it," one of the testers said, "all I know is it's the finest kitchen aid I've ever used." The stand mixer was redesigned to its current look in 1937. 55. The first dishwasher was introduced in 1949. 56. KitchenAid is owned by Whirlpool Corporation. 57. Whirlpool's headquarters are located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. 58. In 2011, KitchenAid became a presenting sponsor of the Senior PGA Championship and began an alliance that elevated the Championship to present its talented field to new audiences throughout the country. 59. The 2011 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid was held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. 60. The 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid was played at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan -- home of Whirlpool. 61. The 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be played at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. 62. The 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will return to Harbor Shores for the 75th playing of the Championship. 63. There are approximately 50 different colors and finishes of the Stand Mixer. 64. The most popular color of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer is white. 65. KitchenAid will have an on-site activation during Championship Week called the Fairway Club. Celebrity chefs and cooking demos will be featured, as well as products for purchase. 66. Julia Child's KitchenAid mixer is on display (along with her kitchen) at the Smithsonian Institution. The appliance also was a staple on the set of "Friends." 67. In the early years, retailers were slow to take on the KitchenAid mixer. To counter their reluctance, a direct sales force made up primarily of women went door-to-door offering demonstrations. 68. The first 5-quart countertop KitchenAid mixers cost $189.50, or about $2,400 in 2011 dollars. Today's popular 5-quart Artisan model retails for $350. 69. Besides the Stand Mixer, KitchenAid also makes a wide variety of kitchen appliances, including: dishwashers, refrigerators, stove cooktops, blenders, coffee makers, waffle makers, and much more. 70. You can purchase KitchenAid products by visiting their website, www.kitchenaid.com.

BELLERIVE COUNTRY CLUB 71. Bellerive Country Club was founded in 1897 in North St. Louis. 72. The Club is named after Louis St. Ange De Bellerive, the last French Commander in North America. 73. Bellerive was designed by Robert Trent Jones. 74. Bellerive Country Club is a private course. 75. Bellerive's Normandy course is now the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 76. With the 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Bellerive will become only the third club in the United States to host all four traveling men's professional major championships: PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. 77. Bellerive hosted the 1992 PGA Championship where Nick Price won his first major. 78. Bellerive also will host the 100th PGA Championship in August 2018. 79. Mike Tucker is the head PGA Professional at Bellerive Country Club. 80. At the time of the 1965 U.S. Open, Bellerive was the "youngest" course to host a major championship. 81. The Senior PGA Championship Office opened at Bellerive in November 2011. 82. Bellerive Country Club is approximately 1,155 miles away from PGA of America Headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 83. Jeffrey S. Kreafle is the General Manager of Bellerive Country Club. 84. The first notable golf tournament held at Bellerive was the 1949 Western Amateur Championship. 85. Bellerive hosted its first USGA championship and major championship with the 1965 U.S. Open, in which Gary Player won in a playoff over Kel Nagle. 86. Bellerive hosted the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1981, won by Jim Holtgrieve. 87. In 2001, Bellerive was scheduled to host the WGC-American Express Championship in mid-September, but the event was cancelled because of the September 11, 2001 attacks. 88. Bellerive hosted the U.S. Senior Open (USGA) in 2004, won by Peter Jacobsen. 89. Bellerive hosted the 2008 BMW Championship, and was won by Camilo Villegas. 90. Bellerive is a long course, measuring 7,547 yards (6,901 m) from the championship tees and 6,976 yards (6,379 m) from the members' tees, a par of 72 for both men and women.

GOLF91. The golf industry helps to support approximately 21,000 jobs in the state of Missouri. 92. When the total economic impact of golf related activities are considered, the golf industry generates approximately $1.7 billion of direct, indirect, and induced economies in the state of Missouri. 93. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. 94. The first golf balls were made of thin leather stuffed with feathers. Tightly-packed feathers made balls that flew the farthest. Feather balls were used until 1848. 95. Golf is the only sport to have been played on the moon. On February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard hit two golf balls while on the lunar surface. 96. There are 28.6 million golfers above the age of six in the United States. 97. Americans spend $600 million on golf balls every year. 98. There is no minimum, but golfers who carry more than 14 clubs are in violation of the rules. 99. There are four major championships in men's professional golf: The Masters, The U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and The PGA Championship. 100. August 2018 marks the 100th PGA Championship, to be contested at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. And by purchasing tickets to the 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, you'll be given first opportunity for tickets to the Senior PGA Championship in 2018. Get your tickets by clicking here.