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Kiawah Island Selected for 94th PGA Championship
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been selected to host the 94th PGA Championship in August 2012. By being named to host the season’s final major, the Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout will become only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships. The others include the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship (2007) and the PGA Championship (2012).
The announcement came on the morning of the opening round of this year’s PGA Club Professional Championship, the association’s $500,000 national tournament for PGA professionals.
“The championships of the PGA of America, Kiawah Island and the Ocean Course have enjoyed a great relationship since 1991 when the PGA introduced the world to this dramatic oceanside course,” said the PGA’s Chief Executive Officer Jim L. Awtrey. “The 2012 PGA Championship will serve as another testament of our confidence in this site’s ability to continue to produce special moments in championship golf history.”
Awtrey made the announcement with Kiawah Island Golf Resort chairman Bill Goodwin and Buddy Darby, CEO of Kiawah Development Partners.
"It's an honor for the Ocean Course and Kiawah Island to host the first of golf's four major championships ever to be played in South Carolina," said Goodwin. "We look forward to continuing our history of hosting the PGA of America’s major championships."
In September 1991, the PGA introduced the golf world to the Ocean Course’s links-style layout when America edged Europe in an unforgettable 29th Ryder Cup.
“That tournament was pivotal for launching both the Ryder Cup and Kiawah Island into the golf legends vernacular,” said Darby.
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island will become only the fourth course to host the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup and Senior PGA Championship. Earlier this year, Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa., joined PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., as only the second course to earn the distinction. Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., will become the third when it hosts the 37th Ryder Cup in 2008.
Here’s the lineup for future PGA Championships: the 89th version in 2007 will be held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.; the 90th in 2008 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.; the 91st in 2009 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.; the 92nd in 2010 at Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wis., and the 93rd in 2011 at The Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga.
Since its origin in 1916, the PGA Championship has featured one of the strongest field in golf. The tournament’s roster of champions contains many of the greatest names in the game – from Hagen, Sarazen, Snead, Nelson and Hogan, to Nicklaus, Trevino, Woods and Singh.
About the Ocean Course
Stretching across sand dunes nearly three miles along the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of Kiawah Island, the Ocean Course is reminiscent of the great seaside links of England, Ireland and Scotland. In addition to PGA events, the course has hosted the 1997 and 2003 World Cups and the 2001 UBS Warburg Cup. Besides the Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Golf Resort boasts four other 18-hole tracks: Turtle Point designed by Jack Nicklaus, Osprey Point by Tom Fazio, Cougar Point by Gary Player and Oak Point by Clyde Johnston. The resort also includes The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island – a new 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the top-ranked tennis program in the country, and many dining and recreational facilities. For more information about the resort, visit www.kiawahresort.com.