Despite winter weather, Senior PGA Championship preparations are on schedule

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Even with snow on the ground and temps near freezing, the push to get Oak Hill Country Club in perfect shape for the Senior PGA Championship is already underway.

“We are confident there won’t be a foot of snow on the ground, but that’s why we do this,” said tournament director for the PGA of America Bryan Karns. “It’s fun to work against this challenge and find ways to make this all come together.”

Karns and his staff still found time on Wednesday to get out on the famed Donald Ross designed course. For them, the itch to go play was too strong.

“We really want people to be excited,” said Karns. “I think that is what is great about Rochester is that people still think about golf even when it’s weather like this.”

Construction of the grandstands and facilities are still on schedule to begin in late-March. The Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill has already registered a record number of volunteers, and the tournament is coming off a successful ticket campaign over the holidays.

“We’ve adjusted to every kind of milestone,” said Karns. “Whether it was corporate hospitality, volunteers, tickets, we’ve really knocked it out of the park.”

Tickets for the 2019 Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Championship are still available. Tournament week runs from May 21-26.

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