The Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour, the largest Senior Tour in the country besides the Champions Tour, will be in Lake Placid at the pristine Whiteface Club & Resort from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.
The event is taking shape with some large sponsors signing on in order to make the event successful and ensure it is a multi year event for the Lake Placid community.
“We are proud to have all of the support from sponsors for this event and very worthy charity,” Tom Eubank, tournament director, said. "We anticipate this being a multi-year event with significant growth each year in size and scope of the pro-am which will draw players from a 200 mile radius in the future. We believe within a few short years we can grow this into one of Lake Placid's top events bringing in hotel rooms and business for the entire week."
There will be a "Golf Short Game Exhibition" on Monday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. that is open to the public for free. The professionals are also offering hands-on instruction for free to all juniors 18 and under and major sponsors that would like to come out. At 6:10 p.m. Steve Thomas, Champions Tour Long Drive Champion in 2009, will be doing a long drive exhibition at the first tee near the clubhouse. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a cocktail party where players, professionals, sponsors and the general public can mingle and support the Adirondack Carousel with their silent auction. Players and sponsors are admitted free, but the general public is welcome for a nominal fee of $25 which includes food and one cocktail. This is a great way for non-golfers to support the event and the charity.
Recently committed to the event are world class professionals with many years experience on the major tours.
The 54 hole championship will conclude on Thursday, Sept. 1, where the Adirondack Senior Open Champion will be crowned. The winner will earn $5,000 for his efforts while the real winner is expected to be the charity.
The Whiteface Club & Resort promises to be a challenge for the senior professionals with many holes offering risk/ reward situations. The 18th hole should provide a great conclusion with water right and left on the tee shot, but for the daring professional who splits the fairway should be able to get home in two on this beautiful par five with a view of Whiteface Mountain as you stroll up the fairway.
This will also be a favorite spot for spectators as they can sit on the patio at the club and enjoy a fresh drink while watching the 18th green which is right beside the clubhouse. Spectators are welcome at the Whiteface Club Resort at no charge. Please contact www.whitefaceclubresort.com for more information or call 523-2551.
If you are interested in playing in the pro-am there are a few team and individual slots open. Men, women, and juniors of all levels are welcome. Contact Tom Eubank pro-am tournament director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-944-9988 for information on how to enter.