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Golf Fans Look Forward To PGA at Southern Hills

Contributing Writer

SHARING THE NEWS: Making the May 30 announcement of the PGA tournaments coming to Tulsa are, from left, PGA of America spokesman Julius Mason, PGA of America President Paul Levy, Southern Hills President Craig Bothwell, Director of Global Partnerships for KitchenAid Deb O’Conner, and director of Championships for the PGA of America Kerry Haigh.

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Tulsa’s world-famous Southern Hills Country Club will host the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship—the most historic and prestigious major championship in senior golf—and will be the venue for a PGA Championship no later than 2030.

This will be a record fifth time that Southern Hills has staged the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four men’s major championships. In 2021, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will make its second visit to Oklahoma as it debuts at Southern Hills. Southern Hills will become the 13th venue to host both a PGA Championship and a KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

Since its founding in 1936, Southern Hills has hosted seven major championships, from the 1958 U.S. Open won by Tommy Bolt to Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship triumph in 2007.

Southern Hills also hosted the 1970 PGA Championship, 1977 U.S. Open, 1982 PGA Championship, 1994 PGA Championship and 2001 U.S. Open.

“Few American golf venues match the legacy and record of excellence of Southern Hills Country Club,” said PGA of America President Paul Levy during the anouncement at Southern Hills. “Some of the sport’s greatest names have walked these fairways and etched their name in major championship history. The PGA of America is proud to once again connect with Southern Hills, its membership and the great sports fans of Oklahoma,” adding, “The event not only brings the top golfers to town. It was estimated the 2007 PGA Championship generated $70 million for the greater Tulsa area.”

The PGA Championship is the only all-professional major in men’s golf. It began in 1916, just months after the birth of the PGA of America and has perennially featured the top-100 players in the Official World Golf Rankings of all golf championships.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with the PGA of America and host a pair of championships of this caliber,” said Southern Hills President Craig Bothwell. “Major championship golf is a part of Southern Hills’ heritage, but we could not make this happen without the unending support of our dedicated membership, the sporting passion of the greater Tulsa community and the welcoming spirit of our proven volunteer network.”

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is the most prestigious event in the game for PGA members ages 50 and older. 

KitchenAid has been the presenting sponsor of the Senior PGA Championship and Official Home Appliance Brand of The PGA of America since the championship was established.

Deb O‘Conner, director of global partnerships for KitchenAid, said, “Golf brings people together, much like cooking does. This marriage of KitchenAid and PGA is for making memories, whether you’re on the golf course or in the kitchen.”

She hopes to bring members of the Kitchen Aid Tulsa facility, which manufactures stovetops and houses 1,700 employees, to the golf championship. The appliances may be integrated into the Fairway Club, where golf fans can meet celebrities and local chefs, watch cooking and product demonstrations, and more.

“This partnership started as a revitalization of the community. But the goal has developed into a three-legged stool of sorts: revitalizing the community, hosting valued customers, and making a marketing impact,” O’Conner said.

Updated 06-17-2017

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