Golf News for Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Tournaments

The Tom Watson Golf Classic announced for Greenbrier series

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Golfing legend Tom Watson will host The Tom Watson Golf Classic May 6-9 at The Greenbrier. This unique tournament, part of The Greenbrier Signature Series, will include rounds on the resort's renowned Old White and Greenbrier courses as well as a sporting clays competition and fly fishing tournament. Each team will consist of four amateurs, with prizes for low gross and low net teams.

Participants in the 36-hole stroke play event will feature will have the opportunity to meet Watson during the event. Other notables include John Higgins with The British School of Shooting, who will conduct shooting demonstrations at the Gun Club, and Steve Hostetter, with Beretta. An Orvis fly-fishing clinic is also included. In addition to the various competitions, guests will enjoy a variety of social events, including the awards reception and dinner on May 8.

Tournament play will be on two of The Greenbrier's three championship courses-The Old White and The Greenbrier. The Old White, which first opened in 1914, was recently restored to its original Charles Blair Macdonald design by Lester George of George Golf Design. The Greenbrier Course is the only resort course to host both the International Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup matches. Many of the game's greatest players, including Watson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, have played the tournament courses.

"The Tom Watson Golf Classic is the perfect start to our summer golf season and offers breathtaking mountain views, great course conditions, challenging competition and memorable social events," said Robert Harris, director of sports and recreation at The Greenbrier.

Watson, the resort's Golf Professional Emeritus, has won 39 events on the PGA TOUR, and 7 on the Senior PGA Tour. His career highlights include winning two Masters, the U.S. Open and a remarkable five British Opens. Watson won six PGA TOUR Player of the Year awards, and led the money list five times.

For more information or to register for The Tom Watson Golf Classic, call 800-908-0740 or visit