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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2010
POTOMAC — The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship left the historic Five Farms course at Baltimore Country Club quietly last fall for a one-year stay in the Washington suburbs. As with the tournament itself during the last of its three years in Timonium, not many noticed. It seems fewer are aware of the event's arrival this week at the newly-renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Or that admission is free, making it one of a handful of events on the Champions Tour that is trying to attract fans by not charging for one or more of the rounds.
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By Katherine Dunn | August 5, 2014
Archbishop Spalding golfer Micaa' Thomas will appear in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated's Aug. 11 issue. Thomas, a rising senior who medaled in last season's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, earned her spot in the magazine by winning the 16 age division at the Veritas World Junior and AAU Junior Olympic Games July 24 at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club in California. She qualified for the world event by winning the U.S. AAU Junior Olympic Golf Championship in June, shooting 232 over three days and 33 on her final nine holes.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT | September 27, 2005
CALENDAR PGA Tour Chrysler Classic of Greensboro Site -- Greensboro, N.C. Schedule -- Thursday-Sunday Course -- Forest Oaks Country Club (7,197 yards, par 72) Purse -- $5 million ($900,000 to winner) TV -- USA Network (Thursday-Friday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.); ABC (Sunday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.) Last year -- Brent Geiberger won his first PGA tour event - and joined his father, Al, as the first father-son duo to win the same tournament - by posting a two-stroke victory over Michael Allen.
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By Jeff Shain | April 14, 2011
LUTZ, Fla. — Jim Thorpe hoped maybe he could just sneak onto the golf course. Show up at daybreak, toss the clubs onto a cart and head out to the tee. "Just kind of wave to everybody," Thorpe said with a laugh. Didn't work. Before the anxious Champions Tour pro could unload his trunk Tuesday at the TPC Tampa Bay, Hal Sutton drove in and pulled into his assigned spot next to Thorpe's. Welcome back, Thorpey. You didn't really think you would go unnoticed for long, did you?
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2004
The Constellation Energy Group announced yesterday that it will continue to sponsor a Champions Tour golf tournament in the Baltimore area through 2007, extending its existing two-year agreement. Baltimore has been a stop for the Champions Tour, formerly the Senior PGA Tour, since 1998, but in 2001, State Farm Insurance chose to terminate its role as the tournament's title sponsor. Questions arose as to whether the Champions Tour would return the following year, but in 2002, Constellation Energy, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Baltimore, signed a two-year agreement through 2004, keeping the tournament in the area.
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October 18, 2005
PGA TOUR FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort Site -- Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Schedule -- Thursday-Sunday Courses -- Magnolia Golf Course (7,516 yards, par 72) and Palm Golf Course (6,957 yards, par 72) Purse -- $4.2 million. Winner's share: $756,000 TV -- ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., Saturday, 4-6 p.m.); ABC (Sunday, 3-6 p.m.) Last year -- Ryan Palmer overcame a five-stroke deficit on the final day with a 10-under-par 62 to capture his first PGA Tour title by three strokes over Vijay Singh and Briny Baird.
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By Jeff Shain | April 14, 2011
LUTZ, Fla. — Jim Thorpe hoped maybe he could just sneak onto the golf course. Show up at daybreak, toss the clubs onto a cart and head out to the tee. "Just kind of wave to everybody," Thorpe said with a laugh. Didn't work. Before the anxious Champions Tour pro could unload his trunk Tuesday at the TPC Tampa Bay, Hal Sutton drove in and pulled into his assigned spot next to Thorpe's. Welcome back, Thorpey. You didn't really think you would go unnoticed for long, did you?
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | October 1, 2007
In studying the original designs of legendary golf architect A.W. Tillinghast, Keith Foster knew restoring Baltimore Country Club's East Course to its intended look would not be as difficult as some of the jobs he had undertaken at other classic venues. The first time Foster saw the Timonium course, he didn't want to leave. He walked it three times in one day. "I was in a trance the whole day," Foster recalled recently. "Unlike a lot of classic courses, there weren't a lot of things that had been done to the course.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun reporter | October 2, 2007
Donnie Hammond set his sights on the Champions Tour shortly after turning 45. A 20-year career on the PGA Tour was winding down, and Hammond had to figure out a way to keep his game sharp enough until his 50th birthday this past April Fool's Day. "I didn't have a tournament until May. Here I've been waiting to try to get 50 for the last five years, and I had to wait a month to play," Hammond said yesterday. Hammond, who grew up in Frederick, is still waiting to make an impact. He is hoping that will happen this week, when Hammond will play in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship at Baltimore Country Club beginning Thursday in Timonium.
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January 13, 2011
Champions Tour golfer Jim Thorpe, imprisoned since April for failing to pay income taxes, has told a friend he's on track for an early release later this month. Barring complications, Mike Lewis said Wednesday, Thorpe is scheduled for a Jan. 26 release from the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp located at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Thorpe's first stop would be an Orlando-area halfway house, then home sentencing while he works at a local golf course.
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By Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2010
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, scheduled to be played in late September at Baltimore Country Club, announced today that the event will move to Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., for 2011 because it was given an earlier date on the Champions Tour schedule. The final major championship of the Champions Tour season is now scheduled for Aug. 15-21, 2011, and it will be the first time Westchester Country Club has hosted a major tournament. For 41 years it had hosted a PGA Tour event from 1967 until 2007.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2010
Growing up in rural Longwood, Va., Dean Schwartz loved playing sports, especially football and soccer. Golf was never much on his radar, until he suffered a life-changing injury while serving in Iraq with the Virginia National Guard. A combat engineer with the Second Infantry Division in Mosul, Schwartz lost most of his left leg after a rocket-propelled grenade attack May 8, 2004. When he recovered enough to take an internship with Disabled Sports USA in Rockville, Schwartz learned of a program that teaches golf to wounded warriors.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2010
POTOMAC — The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship left the historic Five Farms course at Baltimore Country Club quietly last fall for a one-year stay in the Washington suburbs. As with the tournament itself during the last of its three years in Timonium, not many noticed. It seems fewer are aware of the event's arrival this week at the newly-renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Or that admission is free, making it one of a handful of events on the Champions Tour that is trying to attract fans by not charging for one or more of the rounds.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | October 5, 2009
The coronation of Tom Watson was ready Sunday afternoon. When the final round of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship began, Watson had a four-shot lead, and most people at Baltimore Country Club, including his fellow competitors, felt the engraver might as well go ahead and begin etching his name on the crystal trophy. "What I thought when I got out here was 'What a nice day this is for Tom Watson,' " said Jay Haas, who began the final round five shots off the lead. What unfolded could perhaps be the greatest final round in the 29-year history of the Champions Tour.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | October 1, 2009
Fred Funk is nothing if not brutally honest, which is a rarity in his line of work. A lot of professional golfers, over the course of their careers, learn to guard their emotions almost like politicians. They recycle old anecdotes, regurgitate cliches and try to keep the public at arm's length, especially after a bad round. But Funk, who grew up in Takoma Park and was the golf coach at the University of Maryland from 1982 to 1988, is different. He doesn't have a problem acknowledging how badly he wants to win the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, which begins today at Baltimore Country Club.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | September 30, 2009
For all but one week of the year, the historic East Course at Baltimore Country Club is a lush, well-manicured private sanctuary for members, a tough but fair test that everyone from scratch players to those who shoot in triple digits can appreciate. But during the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, which begins Thursday in Timonium, the iconic club long known as Five Farms is transformed. This lovely octogenarian that was laid out by legendary golf architect A.W. Tillinghast in the 1920s and renovated four years ago by Kentucky designer Keith Foster has a bit of a modern-day beast added to its timeless beauty.
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By From Baltimore Sun staff reports | September 25, 2009
With less than one week remaining until the Champions Tour returns to Baltimore for the final major of the season, tournament officials announced that the number of former Masters champions in the field has grown from five to nine. Ben Crenshaw, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize and Fuzzy Zoeller have joined the field to take on Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms course for the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. The first round is Thursday. Crenshaw, a two-time Masters champion (1984 and 1995)
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