The Kansas City Golf Association announced on Wednesday April 30 the schedule for the 2014 Tom Watson Challenge. The challenge in its eighth year will be played at The Country Club at Loch Lloyd June 13 through 15. Watson who was the original designer of the course redesigned it two years ago, stretching it to 7,000 yards from the Championship tees.
The Tom Watson Challenge is designed, “To determine the best golfer in the greater Kansas City Golf Community.” The 54-hole tournament has a field of 48 players, 18 top club professionals from the Midwest Section of the PGA, top 16 amateurs from the KCGA Bushnell points list, special invites and qualifiers from the 18-hole qualifier.
Money collected from the tournament goes to The First Tee of Greater Kanas City, which Watson is the honorary chair of the advisory board. Through 2013, the Tom Watson Challenge has collected over $380,000 for the chapter’s scholarship fund.
The players in the field will compete for the honor of being declared the best golfer in Kansas City and a prize purse totaling $24,000. The professional champion receives $10,000 and the amateurs receive gift certificates.
Of the event Tom Watson on Wednesday at a press conference at Loch Lloyd said, “This event has inspired players to play more golf and they still can’t beat this 64 year-old man.”
When Watson stated to Sean Dougherty, Head Professional at Milburn Country Club, and Ryan Zech of Kearney, Mo. that couldn’t they shoot even par to beat him Dougherty responded, “We’re hoping the Ryder Cup will be on your mind.”
When asked if Watson thought that it would be important to the event for him to start being beaten once in a while, he responded with a resounding, “No! It’s not in my makeup.”
Watson who is captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup when asked about what it would mean to win the cup said that the U.S. has lost the last 10 Ryder Cup challenges which would make a win this year more important. Asked if he would use a captain’s pick to place Tiger Woods on the team, he said if Tiger was playing good and in good health, he would be crazy not to select him.
Tickets for the Tom Watson Challenge are available at www.kansascitygolfer.org, by phone at 913-649-5242 ext. 0, or at the gate the days of the event.