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Seniors Players Championship to tee off in Fox Chapel

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Signs and maps are going up at the Fox Chapel Golf Club preparing for the upcoming Senior Players Tournament.

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Tickets are on sale now at or at Giant Eagle.

Daily grounds tickets cost $10 for Tuesday and Wednesday and $25 for June 26 to 29. A weekly grounds ticket is $75 and includes admission Tuesday through June 29.

Weekly Clubhouse tickets are $150 and include admission to tournament grounds, as well as the air-conditioned Fox Chapel Golf Club clubhouse from Tuesday through June 29.

Daily Fox Den Hospitality tickets are $60 for any day, Tuesday through June 29. The Fox Den overlooks the No. 16 green and No. 17 tee.

Children 18 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. There is no limit to the number of youths who can attend with a ticketed adult.

The youth policy applies only to grounds tickets and does not apply to hospitality venues.


General spectator parking and shuttles to Fox Chapel Golf Club are available for free from the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills from Tuesday through June 29.

Premium parking is available at Fox Chapel Area High School for $20 a day, with shuttle buses providing transportation to the main gate. Passes must be purchased in advance at

Champions Challenge

On Tuesday, the third annual “Champions Challenge” will feature members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates competing against pro-golfers at the short-game practice facility at Fox Chapel Golf Club. Competition begins at 2 p.m.

Three teams of three players will compete for a $10,000 donation to charity. The shootout will have each team pick a shot of its choice, and all three players from each team will hit the shot with the team counting the two shots closest to the hole. The team with the lowest cumulative distance will win a point. The team with the most points after the three-hole shootout will be declared the winner. The event is free and open to any spectators with a ticket.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

In just under a week, thousands of spectators will descend on Fox Chapel to watch some of the country's best golfers compete in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

The tournament, in its third year at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, will host a field of 81 players vying for the title that Kenny Perry took home in 2013. Practice rounds begin Monday, with a pro-am and competition for the $2.7 million purse continuing from Tuesday through Sunday.

A portion of Fox Chapel Road will close intermittently to accommodate the event.

Tentatively, the road will be closed from Squaw Run Road East to Indian Hill Road from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from June 26 to 29.

Fox Chapel Police Chief David Laux said the closings are required so golfers and spectators can move safely on and off of Fox Chapel Road during the event.

“The police department is aware that the road closure for the tournament adversely affects the motorists who use Fox Chapel Road,” Laux said. “Our goal is to educate and inform the motoring public of the duration and reason for the closure and to assure them that we will reopen the road as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Laux asked for everyone's patience during the closures and welcomed phone calls from those with questions. He said the closures are based on each day's golf play and are subject to change.

Fox Chapel Road will remain open during practice rounds Monday.

The tournament in the last two years has drawn more than 10,000 people a day.

Inconveniences have not come without benefits.

In its first two years in Fox Chapel, the Constellation tournament has donated $1 million to local charities.

There's more to come this year, said Will Alexander, Constellation communications representative.

“Eight local nonprofits will receive money to support their programs,” he said.

They include Tickets for Kids, an Aspinwall-based group that aims to enrich the lives of low-income children and their families by giving them the chance to participate in cultural events.

Other groups to receive money will be the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, First Tee of Pittsburgh and Habitat for Humanity. The groups were chosen because they help boost education and youth development or offer affordable housing or family support services, Alexander said.

“The most rewarding aspect of this Championship is being able to leave a charitable footprint in the Pittsburgh community,” said Joe Rotellini, executive director of the Constellation Senior Players Championship. “All of the hard work our volunteers and partners put into the tournament is ultimately to support these wonderful causes.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or at

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