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Creighton Farms Returns to Host 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. –– Virginia State Golf Association member club Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., will return as host of the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz, Oct. 10-13. Another northern Virginia based VSGA member club, River Creek Club in Leesburg, will also return as the co-host of first and second round play.
 
5insiderThe 264-player field will be composed of senior PGA Professionals representing the 41 PGA Sections, and will compete for a total purse of $285,000 on both courses over the first two rounds of play.
 
Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, will again host the final 36 holes of competition. Southworth Development, with headquarters in Newton, Mass., is now in its third year of title sponsorship.
 
“The PGA of America has been blessed to have a committed title sponsor and outstanding host venues in Northern Virginia to present this national championship for an accomplished field of senior PGA Professionals,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “The Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship continues a popular tradition for our member professionals. Last year’s finale ranked among the best clutch shots anywhere in golf. We anticipate another great Championship this fall.”
 
Last year at Creighton Farms, Jim Woodward of Oklahoma City, Okla., secured a one-stroke victory by hitting a career approach shot on the par-5 18th hole to within tap-in range for an eagle.
 
Creighton Farms, a scenic par-72, 7,410-yard layout that opened in 2008, was one of two private courses in the world to achieve recognition by Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, and Travel + Leisure Golf in the same season. In 2009, Golfweek selected Creighton Farms among its “Best New Private Golf Courses.”
 
Creighton Farms reflects the Nicklaus trademark of a challenging design, focusing on course management strategy and precision rather than power.
 
“We are delighted that River Creek and ClubCorp will again join Southworth Development and Creighton Farms in hosting the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship,” said David Southworth, president and CEO of Southworth Development. “These two exceptional courses will provide players with many distinct challenges as they compete for this prestigious title. I’m sure it’s going to be an enjoyable and memorable week for everyone.”
 
River Creek Club, with six of its 18 holes positioned along the Potomac River, is a challenging, 7,036-yard, par-72 layout, was designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, with Tom Clark of Marshall, Va., the lead architect. River Creek Club debuted in 1997, and is one of the facilities in the network governed by ClubCorp. River Creek Club features large undulating greens as its signature and most prominent set of challenges.
 
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional National Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional National Championship, with a field of 50 and older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from July through September each year.
 
The top 35 finishers in the National Championship earn a berth in the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25, 2014, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. In addition, the top five finishers will be exempt into the final stage of  the 2013 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.