Golf and political heavyweights gathered Tuesday afternoon in Benton Harbor, Michigan to help kick off The 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus was joined by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder; Dave Whitwam, general chairman of the 73rd PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and CEO, Whirlpool Corporation; U.S. Congressman Fred Upton; Allen Wronowski, president of The PGA of America; and Joe Steranka, CEO, The PGA of America. Nicklaus designed Harbor Shores, the host course for this week’s Senior PGA Championship, which is the first major golf tournament to visit Southwest Michigan.
The Golf Club at Harbor Shores is a cornerstone of the 530-acre Harbor Shores development that includes parts of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and Benton Charter Township. The Harbor Shores project has been a leading force in the revitalization of the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph communities, home to the Whirlpool Corporation.
During Tuesday’s event, Jack Nicklaus was presented with a custom-designed glass and steel sculpture as tribute for his role in the Harbor Shores development project. The sculpture, designed by local artists Jerry Catania and Josh Andres, is similar to the tee marker designs that appear on all 18 holes at Harbor Shores.
“It’s always fun to see the golf course finished, but more than that, it’s fun to see a community revitalized,” said Jack Nicklaus. “We were really privileged to be a part of that. We’re a small part; we are just a golf course with some green grass. But what everybody else did and what we were allowed to be a part of was really very, very, very rewarding and a lot of fun for us.”
2012 Senior PGA Championship
The Golf Club at Harbor Shores
400 Klock Road
Benton Harbor, MI 49022