The 79th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship returned this week to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI for the fourth time in six years!
PURSE MONEY: The title sponsorship agreement between the PGA of America and KitchenAid will yield an enhanced purse. The purse for the 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will increase to $3,250,000 and the Champion will be awarded $585,000.
FIELD LIST: Click on the link below for an official look at the list of players (as of Monday, May 21) including 17 major champions, five Senior PGA Champions and six members of the Hall of Fame.
METHOD OF PLAY: Seventy-two holes of stroke play, four rounds of 18 holes. Following the first 36 holes of play, the field of 156 players will be reduced to the low 70 scorers and ties. Those players will advance to complete the final two rounds. In the event of a tie for first place after 72 holes, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff beginning on the 18th hole. If a tie remains, the rotation of holes is Nos. 16, 17 and 18 repeated, if necessary.
ABOUT THE COURSE: Designed by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, Harbor Shores opened in the summer of 2010. From the black tees, the course plays to a par of 71 and measures 6,852 yards.
Harbor Shores isn’t only special because of its terrain, but also its story and tie to the Benton Harbor community – and the fact that the course itself weaves through parts of the community.
The Harbor Shores project has been a leading force in the revitalization of the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph communities with the help of KitchenAid, part of Whirlpool Corporation, which calls Benton Harbor home.
“With Harbor Shores, we set out really to change a community,” Nicklaus said before the course hosted the 2012 Senior PGA Championship. “This wasn’t just about a golf course. This was a non-profit project. That’s the important part of it. When we started, we had a factory where the first tee is. We had to remove toxic waste and buildings. But in the end, the whole course looks beautiful and we hope is enjoyable to play.”
Overall, the course is known for its treacherous greens. There isn’t a green on the course more treacherous than the one on No. 10. There are four tiers on this massive 10,500 square-foot green.
HONORING THE VETERNS: This Memorial Day weekend, all Active Duty, Military Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard and Department of Defense Civilians will be admitted free of charge to the Championship as part of the PGA of America’s commitment to various military initiatives and remembering the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Fans entering the Championship will be greeted by the Avenue of Flags lining the entrance in tribute to our past and present American Heroes. Individual flags will also be on display at the Field of Flags, located inside the course, creating a panorama of red, white and blue.
“With the Championship being over Memorial Day weekend each year, it is important that we continue to honor our troops,” said Ryan Ogle, championship director. “We hope attendees will visit the Field of Flags display and attend the 21 Gun Salute that takes place on Sunday of Championship week. It is important for golf fans, both in Benton Harbor and those watching at home, to remember those who served and sacrificed their lives for our country. We are proud to have a small part in that remembrance.”
On Sunday, May 27, members of the North Berrien Military Rites Team will present the country’s colors, play TAPS and fire a 21 Gun Salute at approximately 7:30 a.m. ET. In addition, members of the Whirlpool Veterans Association will serve as Hole 17 volunteer marshals and receive limited-edition KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship military uniforms provided by PGA REACH.