Senior golf championship coming to Fox Chapel Golf Club

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At Fox Chapel Golf Club, the tents and pavilions are in place, an electronic sign blinks of a future road closing and colorful posters in retailers' shops in O'Hara are asking for volunteers.

These are just a few of the clues that the Constellation Senior Players Championship is about to begin.

The tournament will be held next Thursday through June 30 at the club.

It's the second time, and the second year in a row, that golf legends have come to compete at the nearly 100-year-old Fox Chapel Golf Club.

"Fox Chapel Borough is a great partner," said Justin Ostiguy, operations manager for the Professional Golfers' Association.

"Last year was our first stop in Pittsburgh. ... Fox Chapel is a beautiful area and the golf club is one of the nicest I've ever seen. We're back this year because the players liked it so well."

The tournament is part of the Champions Tour, formerly called the Senior PGA Tour. Spectator tickets start at $20.

When play starts with a practice round on Tuesday shuttle buses will transport spectators to the course, and parking will be available in nearby lots.

There will be free parking those days on the intramural fields behind Shady Side Academy on Fox Chapel Road.

Free parking areas will move next Thursday to the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills shopping mall in Frazer, and shuttles will transport visitors. Parking again will be offered at the Shady Side Academy field.

Don Stoner of the Fox Chapel Police Department said officers will be posted at the Squaw Run and Fox Chapel roads intersection to check passes before allowing fans into the Shady Side lots.

Parking also will be available at Fox Chapel Area High School and O'Hara Township Elementary School, and shuttles will take spectators to the club from there as well.

Those not attending will be affected, too, because many roads will be closed to accommodate tournament traffic. Fox Chapel Road will be closed between Squaw Run Road East and Indian Hill Road to keep players and spectators safe as they cross from one side of the golf course to the other.

The event also has an impact on community organizations. The Cooper-Siegel Community Library on Fox Chapel Road received a $20,000 contribution following the 2012 tournament.

Supporting organizations such as the library, "[which makes] such a positive impact on the greater Pittsburgh community," is part of the mission of the energy supplier that sponsors the championship, Kenneth Cornew, president and CEO of Constellation, said in a press release from Cooper-Siegel.



Rita Michel, freelance writer:


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