Senior PGA Championship couldn't have gone better

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So how do you top this in 2016?

Senior PGA Championship Director Jeff Hintz says that's a very difficult question. While he refuses to say they can't, he totally agrees that this week's championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor could not have gone any better.

"The two things we can't control--the weather and the leaderboard---came together and brought the crowds out and we had a great championship," Hintz said.

This was the 2nd time in three years, Harbor Shores hosted the Senior PGA Championship. In 2012, they faced severe weather on Saturday then overbearing heat on Sunday.

This week, the conditions were picture perfect. There was no rain and temperatures ranged from the upper 50s to the low 70s.

The one thing tournament officials could control was the way the tournament itself was run--and that was something the players felt went very well.

"The hospitality has been superb," said Colin Montgomerie, who won the event. "I was just down with the volunteers there, 1900 volunteers. They make or break a tournament and they have certainly made it this week. They have been fantastic."

Among those 1,900 volunteers was Lakeshore legend Denny Dock. The retired Hall of Fame football coach is still coaching the Lancers softball team but also found time in the mornings to help out at Harbor Shores. Dock transported golfers from holes 6 to 7.

Another volunteer was Benton Harbor High School junior Cameron Byrd.

"The first year they were here I was a spectator and this year I decided that why not be a part of it?," Byrd explained.

He believes the course and the tournament are a nice boost to Benton Harbor.

"Because, you know, we have been struggling a lot," Byrd said. "So this being here in our town is showing the positive view of our town."

The Senior PGA Championship returns to Harbor Shores in 2016 and 2018.


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