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May 21, 1992 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The dream of many fathers is to have their children someday take over the family business. Bob Thatcher has had that dream fulfilled, somewhat. Instead of retirement, though, now he'll try to enjoy life pursuing another dream - a career on the Senior PGA tour. Thatcher, of Newtown Square, owner of the Olde Masters Golf Club, has received a sponsor's exemption to the Bell Atlantic Classic, which begins tomorrow, as the result of his victory in the Philadelphia PGA Seniors tournament earlier this month at Reading Country Club.
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January 28, 1994 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jay Sigel will make his long-awaited debut on the Senior PGA tour in its season-opening event, the Royal Caribbean Classic in Key Biscayne, Fla., beginning next Friday. Sigel, who compiled one of the best amateur careers of all time before turning pro last October to try the Senior tour, also will compete in the next two scheduled seniors events - the GTE Suncoast Classic in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 11-13, and the Intellinet Challenge in Naples, Fla., Feb. 18-20. Sigel, of Berwyn, received sponsor's exemptions into all three tournaments.
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May 26, 2012 | Associated Press
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Graeme McDowell was left to bemoan the sometimes obscure rules of golf after he was docked 2 shots on the last hole in a "freak" scenario at the PGA Championship on Thursday. The former U.S. Open champion was on course to break par in his opening round at Wentworth when he approached the ball after hitting his drive into the bushes to the right of the fairway. The ball, which was lying on a bed of branches, moved slightly - costing him a shot - and because he didn't replace it, he was handed another penalty stroke by the European Tour referee.
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July 11, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might have been George Forster's longest day on a golf course in terms of the hours between his first and last shots. But in the end, he had his prize - a spot in this week's U.S. Senior Open. Forster, 57, the head professional at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, is one of 26 club pros who will tee off in Thursday's first round of the 34th annual championship for players 50 and older. This year, it is being played at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. In the June 19 Senior Open qualifier at Musket Ridge Country Club in Myersville, Md., Forster teed off in the first group and shot a 2-under-par 70. After a visit to the nearby Antietam National Battlefield, he returned to the course for a three-man playoff for the final berth and outlasted fellow Philadelphia Section PGA member Rob Shuey on the seventh hole.
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October 5, 1997 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed Dougherty likes to keep things light when reflecting on his life of more than 20 years on the PGA tour, and also when looking ahead to his 50th birthday and what he hopes will be a successful career on the Senior PGA tour. He likes to talk about life's circle of events, "how you start at 12 on the clock, and you go all the way around 360 degrees and come right back to 12, although now you're in the p.m. of life instead of the a.m. " He pokes fun at his tour comebacks, conceding, "We've regrouped a lot in our life.
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October 24, 1990 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following this summer of social consciousness in golf, one would figure that any move of a scheduled professional tour event to another country club would result in a tremor or two. But last week's move of the Bell Atlantic Classic, the area's only Senior PGA tour event, from Chester Valley Golf Club to White Manor Country Club rocked area golfing circles enough to cause a significant reading on the Richter scale. And it's not because of the chain of events that swept through golf this year, when racial discrimination became an issue in the clubhouse and resulted in a close scrutiny of membership policies at country clubs.
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April 19, 1998 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed Dougherty, for years the only Philadelphia-area representative on the PGA tour, has received a sponsor's exemption to play in next month's Bell Atlantic Classic, marking his local debut on the Senior PGA tour. The Bell Atlantic, which will be played May 24 through 26 at Hartefeld National Golf Club in Avondale, Chester County, will be Dougherty's second career senior event. He will make his senior debut the previous week in the St. Luke's Classic in Belton, Mo., outside of Kansas City, where he will play on a sponsor's exemption.
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May 24, 1990 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deane Beman sees his PGA tour flag flying in a lot of places this year. With 123 tournaments on the regular, Senior and Ben Hogan tours, it appears in 106 cities. For the sixth straight year, the symbolic flag flies this week over the Bell Atlantic Classic, the Senior PGA tournament at the Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern. Still, many feel that, with nearly five million people in the Philadelphia metropolitan area - the fifth-largest nationwide - the area should have a regular PGA tour stop as well as a Senior event.
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June 12, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The difficult Wissahickon course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and the wind that has made club selection a challenge have combined to send the scores a little higher at the Constellation Senior Players Championship. With the wind dying down a little bit Friday, the scoring average dropped more than a stroke from the day before, to 72.763. But the pacesetting 36-hole score of 2-under-par 138 by Brandt Jobe is the highest 36-hole score to lead a PGA Tour Champions event since the 2008 Senior PGA, when the top score was par 140 by Tom Purtzer.
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May 21, 1993 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To the scores of distinguished golf courses he has played in his unparalleled career, Jack Nicklaus added a new one yesterday, a course that Lee Trevino calls "a hidden jewel. " The only thing Nicklaus knew about Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern was that several friends, including Trevino, had recommended it highly. The Senior PGA tour's Bell Atlantic Classic begins there today, and Nicklaus' first round came in the tournament's pro-am. It is a hilly, tree-lined, 6,608-yard layout, not unlike Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, where Nicklaus won the former IVB Classic in 1978.
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June 12, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The difficult Wissahickon course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and the wind that has made club selection a challenge have combined to send the scores a little higher at the Constellation Senior Players Championship. With the wind dying down a little bit Friday, the scoring average dropped more than a stroke from the day before, to 72.763. But the pacesetting 36-hole score of 2-under-par 138 by Brandt Jobe is the highest 36-hole score to lead a PGA Tour Champions event since the 2008 Senior PGA, when the top score was par 140 by Tom Purtzer.
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June 10, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
AFTER ALL THESE years, and the many highs and lows, John Daly is still the golfer most fans want to follow. In the non-Tiger Woods division, of course. In many ways, for the same reason they tune in to a NASCAR race: You never know what might happen. It could easily turn into a wreck at any time. So who can ever turn away from that? Daly has been the Pied Piper from the moment he burst onto the map by winning the 1991 PGA Championship as a ninth alternate. And he did it by gripping it and ripping it, as they say. Which, as we soon learned, was also the way he pretty much led his life.
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July 11, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might have been George Forster's longest day on a golf course in terms of the hours between his first and last shots. But in the end, he had his prize - a spot in this week's U.S. Senior Open. Forster, 57, the head professional at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, is one of 26 club pros who will tee off in Thursday's first round of the 34th annual championship for players 50 and older. This year, it is being played at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. In the June 19 Senior Open qualifier at Musket Ridge Country Club in Myersville, Md., Forster teed off in the first group and shot a 2-under-par 70. After a visit to the nearby Antietam National Battlefield, he returned to the course for a three-man playoff for the final berth and outlasted fellow Philadelphia Section PGA member Rob Shuey on the seventh hole.
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May 26, 2012 | Associated Press
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Graeme McDowell was left to bemoan the sometimes obscure rules of golf after he was docked 2 shots on the last hole in a "freak" scenario at the PGA Championship on Thursday. The former U.S. Open champion was on course to break par in his opening round at Wentworth when he approached the ball after hitting his drive into the bushes to the right of the fairway. The ball, which was lying on a bed of branches, moved slightly - costing him a shot - and because he didn't replace it, he was handed another penalty stroke by the European Tour referee.
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May 28, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Kiyoshi Murota shot a 5-under-par 67 yesterday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Championship over a glittering scoreboard that includes Nick Price, Hale Irwin and Tom Watson. The 55-year-old touring pro and golf teacher from Japan followed an opening 66 to stand at 11-under 133 in the Champions Tour's major tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Price was one of 78 players who had to return to the course yesterday morning to complete the first round because of weather delays.
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May 27, 2011 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Japan's Kiyoshi Murota shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to overshadow stars such as Mark O'Meara and Tom Watson and grab the first-round lead in the weather-plagued Senior PGA Championship. After a 90-minute delay at the start of the round and a later suspension of play that lasted more than three hours, half the field was still on the course when darkness fell. Those 78 players will hit Valhalla Golf Club early Friday to complete the first round. Murota had a 1-shot edge over alternate Trevor Dodds, with former Masters and British Open winner O'Meara another stroke back at 68. Watson shot a 70.   PGA Tour IRVING, Texas - Jeff Overton shot a bogey-free, 6-under 64 to take the first-round lead at the Byron Nelson Championship, a stroke ahead of Ryan Palmer.
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May 30, 2010
Jay Don Blake shot a 2-under-par 70 Saturday to take a share of the 54-hole lead with Tom Lehman in the 71st Senior PGA Championship in Parker, Colo. Lehman fired a 71 through swirling winds at Colorado Golf Club. Fred Couples, who led going into the weekend, faltered with a score of 75 but was just 2 shots off the pace along with Mark O'Meara (67) and Mike Goodes (70). Blake and Lehman were at 6-under-par 210. Seven others were within 4 strokes of the leaders.
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May 26, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Eduardo Romero took the sting out of The Ocean Course for a second straight day, grabbing a two-stroke lead at the Senior PGA Championship. Romero, the first-round leader after a 4-under-par 68 in strong wind, shot a 70 in calmer conditions yesterday to move to 6-under-par at Kiawah Island, S.C. And the Argentine star has dealt with few of the problems many others in the 50-and-over field have had over Pete Dye's seaside layout. Maybe it was Romero's caution and concern that kept him trouble free so far. "I told my caddie, 'We have to be very careful, because double bogey and triple bogey are waiting for us,' " Romero said.
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June 1, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Hale Irwin birdied the 18th hole yesterday to win the weather-plagued Senior PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky., by one stroke over Jay Haas. Irwin led after each round and finished at 8-under 276 to win the event for the fourth time. He won it 3 years in a row starting in 1996. Irwin, who will turn 59 on Thursday, was the oldest winner of the event since Pete Cooper won in 1976 at age 61. Haas, playing in his first senior event after turning 50 in December, missed a 10-foot birdie putt on 18 as co-leader Irwin watched from the fairway.
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June 8, 2003 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even if most of the third round of the 64th Senior PGA Championship was a washout yesterday, Seiji Ebihara cleaned up. Seemingly oblivious to the rain that soaked and frazzled players, caddies and the hearty fans huddled under umbrellas at Aronimink Golf Club, Ebihara managed to post two birdies over five holes, giving him a 2-shot lead before play was suspended for the day. Third-round play resumes at 8 a.m. today, weather and course conditions...
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