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VSGA Member Clubs to Host Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – For the second consecutive year, Virginia State Golf Association member clubs Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., and River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va., will co-host the 2012 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz, Oct. 11-14.
 
The 264-player field will be composed of Senior PGA Professionals representing the 41 PGA Sections, who 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 second year of title sponsorship.
 
“The Senior PGA Professional National Championship is always one of our most popular events,” said Allen Wronowski, president of The PGA of America. “We will once again be able to showcase some of the best players in our Association at venues that have proven to be two of the most challenging in event history.”
 
Creighton Farms, a 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 proud to be hosting the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship for a second year,” said David Southworth, president of Southworth Development. “It’s an exciting time for Creighton Farms and we are glad to have our new Clubhouse and the course enjoyed by the Senior PGA Professionals and all who are involved with this Championship. We look forward to once again working with The PGA, Mercedes-Benz and River Creek Club for this event.”
 
River Creek Club, a challenging, 7,036-yard, par-72 layout, was designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, with Tom Clark of Marshall, Va., the lead architect in the regional firm. River Creek Club made its debut in 1997 as one of three golf courses nestled on the Potomac River, and bearing challenging, large undulating greens as its signature and most prominent set of challenges.
 
“It will be exciting and a privilege to host this Championship at River Creek Club for a second consecutive year,” said Josh McKim, the PGA head professional at River Creek Club. “We know that our golf course will offer a stern test of golf to each player as well a beautiful view of the Potomac River.”
 
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 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 23-26, 2013, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
 
The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2012 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.