69th PGA Winter Championships begin Wednesday at PGA Golf Club

It takes more than talent to compete in the PGA Winter Championships at PGA Golf Club.

Golf also takes decades of service.

The 69th PGA Winter Championships open Wednesday with the Quarter Century Championship and the Half Century Championship. Competitors must have been a member of the PGA of America for 25 or 50 years, respectively, to compete.

Last year’s quarter-century champions were Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga. (Aged 50-64) and Dick Mast of Forest, Virginia (65 and over). Jim Logue of Canton, Ohio, won the Half Century Championship. This week’s event will take place on the Wanamaker and Ryder courses.

The PGA Winter Championships began in 1954 at the PGA National Golf Club in Dunedin, Florida to provide additional playing opportunities for PGA professionals. It has been held at the PGA Golf Club since 2000.

Other events for the PGA Winter Championships, with reigning champions, are the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (Jan. 9-11, Omar Uresti, 50-59, and Kirk Stauffer, 60+ ); the PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship (January 17-20, Bob Sowards and Ben Kern; the PGA Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship (January 30-February 1, Ben Kern and Ben Cook); the Stroke Championship Play (February. 6-8, Brett Walker) and the Stroke Play Women’s Championship (February 16-18, Sandra Changkija).

The PGA Winter Championships are presented by GolfPass and On Location.

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