RYE, N.Y. While elite golfers competed for the Constellation Energy Senior Player Championship on the course at Westchester Country Club, dozens of local charities are benefitting from the annual event that has raised more than $8 million since 1922.
"We are glad to have brought championship golf back to Westchester, said Executive Tournament Director Steve Schoenfeld. This is an area that is passionate about sports and has great interest in the game of golf. We were pleased with how the corporate community came together to help support the event, and we recruited nearly 800 volunteers to help execute the event."
The Senior Players Championship is final of the five major championships for 2011. The inaugural event was in 1983 and players must be age 50 to enter. The winner gains entry into the following season's The Players Championship . The tournament was played in Baltimore, Maryland the last three years and before that in Dearborn, Michigan from 1990-2006.
Schoenfeld said the tournament concentrates the majority of its charitable funding in the community where the event is held.
Among the organizations receiving funding from the week-long event are; the American Cancer Society Westchester Regions Hope Lodge program, Bishop Ford Brother Timothy Scholarship Fund, the Environmental Institute for Golf, Folds of Honor Foundation to benefit families of fallen servicemen and women, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Pace Law School, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital New York Metropolitan Region, St. Thomas Aquinas College (Rockland county), Westchester County Bar Foundation, Westchester Medical Center Foundation, White Plains Hospital, and TICKETS Fore CHARITY, which offers charitable organizations the opportunity to participate in an innovative fundraising platform designed to improve the quality of life in communities where PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events are held.
Those wishing to purchase tickets to the Championship may do so by logging on to the official tournament website, www.ceseniorplayers.com , or by calling the championship office at 914-481-5900.
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