Senior PGA Championship brings local craft beverages to 19th hole experience

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich.—The 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is rounding up 10 breweries, wineries and distilleries across Southwest Michigan for its special 19th hole Makers Trail experience.

The ticketed 19th hole pavilion will be situated behind the 17th hole, the final par three of the championship, for participants to taste local creations while watching golf champions compete for the Senior PGA title.

The Senior PGA Championship is set to run from May 21-24 in 2020 at Harbor Shores for the fifth year. This will be the second year that the championship will feature its Makers Trail experience.

Take a look at the map below to see what breweries, wineries and distilleries are participating in this year's Makers Trail.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to highlight and showcase a gem of southwest Michigan and our local makers. Not everywhere in the country can boast the amount of wineries, breweries, and distilleries we have in our region,” said Ryan Ogle, Senior PGA Championship Director.

Bill Welter, owner of Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, is gearing up for his second year of participation in the pavilion’s offerings.

“The tournament has such a tremendous draw and it’s an incredible opportunity for Journeyman among other local makers to participate, get that exposure to the tournament patrons,” Welter said. “I think people get an opportunity to try our products, support local makers, and hopefully the exposure over the long run will bring more people to Journeyman here in Three Oaks but also looking for our products in the 18 different states that we currently distribute in.”

Welter, whose distillery features its own 30,000 square foot putting green, hopes to use the event to give visitors a little taste of Southwest Michigan’s flair.

For information about tickets and the Senior PGA Championship, click here.

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