Major championship golf isn’t all that far away from a return to Rochester.
The Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club won’t begin until May of 2019, but tickets and volunteer spots will be available in just over a month.
Championship Director Bryan Karns hosted a lunch for local media Tuesday afternoon to formally announce details for Rochester’s next major.
The day after the Masters concludes, April 9th, tickets and volunteer spots will be available to anyone who purchased tickets or volunteered for either the 2008 Senior PGA or the 2013 PGA Championship.
On May 29th, tickets and volunteer openings become available to the general public. That’s two days after this year’s Senior PGA concludes in Michigan and the day after Memorial Day.
Karns recommends Rochester golf fans should make their purchases or volunteer requests as soon as possible.
“If they don’t, when they go, maybe later this year or early next year, to try and volunteer or buy tickets, some of those options might be limited,” he said.
Unlike most golf events, fans will not be allowed on the grounds on Monday of tournament week. Oak Hill will open to fans on Tuesday, May 21st with play beginning on the 23rd and a champion crowned May 26th.
Fans can purchase one day tickets for a practice round for 20 dollars. Tickets to each round of the championship are 40 bucks apiece.
You can get a weekly pass for $165 and a limited number of clubhouse passes will be $375.
In addition, the PGA of America is introducing a Flex Four Pack. For $125, fans can buy four tickets and use them any day during the week.
“We can try and do different things in terms of ticket packages and hospitality packages that we might not have flexibility to do at a (PGA) Championship,” 2019 Senior PGA Championship chairman Kevin Horey said.
Kids under 17 can get in free with an adult ticket and it’s not just one kid. One adult with five kids under 17 can buy one ticket.
Anyone who served in the military and a guest also will be admitted at no charge.
The major difference between this PGA of America Championship and the last four hosted at Oak Hill is the presenting sponsor: KitchenAid.
The kitchen appliance company will occupy the largest tent on course during the week of the championship. Along with cooking and product demonstrations, celebrity chefs will be in town to show off their skills.
“Having that component, we just feel like it elevates (the Senior PGA Championship) into a whole different experience that continues to expand the reach of people who want to come out and experience this championship,” Karns said.
The pros will sometimes tour the tent themselves, trying out the array of KitchenAid products (there are nearly 70 different colors of the famous KitchenAid mixer). It’s a surprising fit.
“I was like many people, ‘how does this fit together?’,” Horey said. “It’s hand and glove. It fits really well.”
The Senior PGA will serve as a bit of a trial run for when the “flatbellies”, as Horry calls them (compared to the slightly less in shape over-50 Champions Tour players), come to town in 2023. Oak Hill has hosted two PGA Championships, but never a PGA Championship in May.
“I think it’ll be a really good prep for us,” he said. “I’m absolutely confident the golf course will be in championship condition for both events.”
The first one is only 441 days away.