Senior PGA Championship prepares for tee-off during the practice round

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- The Senior PGA Championship returns Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor for the first time since 2018.

Golfers took the course Wednesday for practice, while the community watched and enjoyed the beloved event, that brings value to the community.

Every two years, Harbor Shores is the home of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

“It’s exciting,” said volunteer Henri Hall.

156 golfers, including 21 past major champions, will compete at the course this year.

All of which are hoping to bring home the $3.25 million prize money.

“It’s really going to be a lot of eyes on Southwest Michigan, Harbor Shores and the Benton Harbor community this weekend. Give the attention to the community and this great golf course that it deserves,” said KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Director Brandon Haney.

After not having the championship in 2020 due to the pandemic, volunteers are excited to be back on the course.

“I wanted to give back to the community. This is my fifth time,” Hall said. “I do all the pamphlets, all the uniforms, for 1,200 people and then I do the hospitality for the whole week."

“We really want to put that spotlight on local businesses and create that everlasting impact this championship can have,” Haney added.

“I live in Benton Harbor and it’s an event that everybody looks forward to because it does create temporary jobs but does a lot for our catering businesses, hotels, and restaurants. All that entertainment in the area here,” said volunteer Dave Hertog.

The championship round is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

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