Cary NC hosts the SAS Championship
The Champions Tour visits Cary NC the week of September 20th – 26th for the SAS Championship. The tour, made up of professional golfers over age 50, is enjoying its 10th consecutive year at Prestonwood CC in Cary.
Top 10 moments in tournament History
SAS tournament officials, with the help of online voting by fans. are rolling out the top ten moments in tournament history. The top two moments will be announced during the tournament week. To vote for your favorite moment, visit the tournament website at www.saschampionship.com.
Arnie visits the SAS in 2003
My favorite moment occurred in 2003 when Arnold Palmer participated in the tournament. Arnold was my childhood golf hero and I am a charter member of Arnie’s Army. My Mom and Aunt were visiting that year for the tournament and of course followed Arnie around for a number of holes. After putting out on the 17th green, Arnie walked by my Mom and Aunt, stopped and said hello and thanked them for their fervent support over the years. It was a real thrill for my Mom and Aunt and they talk about that moment whenever they get together.
Tony Richmond – 10 year SAS volunteer
A friend and golfing partner of mine, Tony Richmond, is volunteering for the SAS tournament for the 10th consecutive year. Tony and Chet Grohowski teamed up to run the 1st hole as top marshal and hole captain for the first 5 years. Unfortunately, Chet died suddenly in 2006, and Tony has continued on as the hole captain in Chet’s memory. Chet was a very popular senior golfer at Prestonwood Country Club and assistant golf coach for the Green Hope High School Team. In honor of Chet, the 1st hole on the Highlands golf course at Prestonwood is designated, “Chet’s Hole”.
Tony’s job as hole captain is to supervise up to 5 marshals on the hole and to answer any questions from spectators and golfers. Each marshal is placed strategically around the hole to watch and help locate golf shots and help keep the crowd quiet. The 1st hole is particularly challenging from a marshals’ perspective since there is water on the right, water in front of the green, and out of bounds to the right of the green. Tony’s advice to his marshals is to be polite and helpful and to let the player make the ultimate decision on balls in the water and out of bounds if there is any doubt.
Fred Couples is coming to Cary
Tony is one of 600 volunteers who contribute their time and energy to help make the SAS a successful tournament. The SAS is a very popular event with the pros and this year’s field includes six World Golf Hall of Fame members and everyone’s fan favorite, Fred Couples.