Seniors to play in Howard Co. event in August 2-day tourney could lead to Senior Tour stop here

February 18, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

A field that will include 20 of the Senior PGA Tour's top players is scheduled to compete in the first Toyota Invitational golf tournament, Aug. 12-13, at Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood.

The seniors, to be announced shortly, will be joined by 20 Middle Atlantic PGA pros and their respective club champions at the western Howard County course.

Efforts had been ongoing in recent years to bring a Senior Tour event to the region, and Baltimore was on a short list of sites in the running for a regular tournament that eventually was awarded elsewhere and held last September.

"I believe this two-day event could serve as the precursor to gaining an annual official Senior PGA Tour event for the area, perhaps as early as next year," said John Mathews, the tournament's executive director, in making the announcement from his Columbia office yesterday.

He continued, "Tour officials view the Baltimore market as a prime locale for one of their events, and the success of this year's tournament will work to our advantage in securing an annual place on their calendar."

Local charities, including the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, will be among the event's beneficiaries. The "Fore Baltimore Foundation" has been established to direct these funds.

Although the Washington area has had the Kemper Open since 1980, and last year's U.S. Senior Open was held at Congressional Country Club, Baltimore has been without a national men's event since the PGA Tour's brief Tournament Players Series played at Hillendale during the mid-1980s.

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