|Creighton Farms' Scott McArthur Relishing New Role; Serves as Host of the 25th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship|
|For the third consecutive year, Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., and River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va., will co-host the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz. The Championship will be conducted Oct. 10-13.|
For the third consecutive year, Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., will host the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.
The Championship, Oct. 10-13, will be the first with Scott McArthur as PGA head professional at the facility. McArthur served as PGA assistant professional at Creighton Farms from 2008-10 and a second term from 2011-12.
Elected to PGA membership in 1995, McArthur became Creighton Farm's head professional in December of 2012.
"It's really an honor for me to be the head professional at a facility that's getting a chance to host a national championship," said McArthur. "We circle this date on the calendar every year and our entire team is really looking forward to having the players of this Championship with us."
The 25th edition of the Championship also features competition the first two rounds at River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va. The 254-player field will be trimmed to the low 70 scorers and ties after the second round, with Creighton Farms hosting the final 36 holes of play.
The Championship features PGA Professionals at least 50 years of age, as of the Championship, who have qualified through one of the 41 PGA Sections.
"It's really a highly competitive Championship and a lot of these players have competed on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour," said McArthur. "These are the best playing PGA Club Professionals who are trying to win and also earn a spot in a major championship."
The low 35 scorers in this year's Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship will advance to the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 22-25, 2014, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Defending Champion Jim Woodward of Edmond, Okla., who captured the 2012 title with a shot of a career on the 72nd hole, returns to Creighton Farms. The 55-year-old PGA teaching professional at Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmond, Okla., hit a 4-hybrid approach 245 yards on the 569-yard, par-5 18th, with the ball coming to rest just a foot away from the hole for a tap-in eagle. Woodward was the only player to finish under par in the Championship.
"That was an ending that will be hard to duplicate," said McArthur. "It was a storybook finish and was a pleasure to see in person."
The 2013 National Champion will have his name inscribed on the Leo F. Fraser Trophy, while the top eight finishers, including ties, will receive exemptions into the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
In addition, the top five finishers will be exempt into the Champions Tour National Finals, provided they have submitted an entry by the entry deadline.