Golf season in Upstate New York is six months away, so the PGA of America is embracing winter and the holiday baking season to keep the countdown moving.

Fans are invited to participate in a Holiday Cookie Contest for a chance to win a special holiday ticket package to the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

From November 26 to December 7, fans must create and name their best holiday cookie and post a photo of their masterpiece here. Five finalists will be selected and one winner will be named based on the “deliciousness factor” of the photo, cookie name and overall creativity of the recipe.

The winner will be announced on Facebook, December 10 by 5 p.m.

“In exactly six months from Monday, we’ll be celebrating at Oak Hill Country Club as a new champion will be named,” said Bryan Karns, championship director for the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. “We’re excited to host the Holiday Cookie Contest to gear up for the variety of family-friendly experiences the Championship will offer.”

One lucky fan will win a holiday ticket package complete with two Flex tickets valued at $125, and branded KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship merchandise including two lanyards, a logoed hat and gift box with a holiday card, and a KitchenAid Artisan® Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

“KitchenAid will bring culinary inspiration to the region this spring, with celebrity chefs and cooking demos for fans to enjoy,” said Deb O’Connor, director of global corporate reputation and community relations with KitchenAid. “Until fans can embrace that and Championship golf, the Holiday Cookie Contest is a great way to be a passionate maker with loved ones.”

Even with snow (and leaves) on the ground, there is still much to do in preparation for the latest major to be staged at Oak Hill. 

Hospitality, merchandise and other tents that serve as the infrastructure must be precisely planned based on the amount of fans and volunteers expected. With the numbers growing on a daily basis, it’s a tricky math equation that is constantly changing. 

“We have to know exactly what we need. We can’t over order. We can’t under order, otherwise we’re going to end up in a really tight spot come May,” Karns said. “For the next two months, that’s really what our big push is. Getting to the end of the year and figuring out what this event is going to look like.” 

The 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 21: Official Championship Pro-Am/practice rounds
  • Wednesday, May 22: Practice round
  • Thursday, May 23-Sunday, May 26: Championship rounds

The PGA of America offers complimentary access to military and youth. To honor our country’s veterans and military personnel, all active duty, military retirees, active reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense civilians and an accompanying guest will be admitted free of charge as part of the PGA of America’s commitment to various military initiatives and remembering the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Each ticketed adult may bring up to four juniors under age 17 onto the Championship grounds at Oak Hill for free each day; no registration for juniors is necessary.

This is the sixth major PGA of America event to be staged at Oak Hill and the first time KitchenAid will serve as a title sponsor at Oak Hill. KitchenAid has been the title sponsor of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship since 2017 and was the presenting sponsor of the Senior PGA Championship from 2011 through 2016.

Limited corporate hospitality opportunities are still available. If interested, call Karns at 585-866-1114.

For more information about the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship or to purchase tickets, visit, call 1-800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653) or email