Constellation Senior Players Championship: The Senior Players Championship (known as the Constellation Senior Players Championship for sponsorship reasons) is one of the five major championships on golf’s PGA Tour Champions.
The inaugural event was played 34 years ago in 1983 and the lower age limit is 50, the standard for men’s senior professional golf tournaments. The winner gains entry into the following season’s Players Championship on the PGA Tour.
Unlike the U.S. Senior Open, the Senior PGA Championship and the Senior British Open, it is not recognized as a major by the European Seniors Tour, and is not part of that tour’s schedule.
Constellation Senior Players Championship
For many of the thousands of spectators attending this weekend’s Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship at the exclusive Caves Valley Golf Club, it will be their first and last time on the green. For Steve Glossinger, it’s home. And he wants to make sure fans, too, feel at home.
Glossinger has been superintendent of the 7,100-yard Owings Mills golf club for the past 20 years.
Glossinger and his 70-person staff get to work daily at 4:45 a.m. to prep the course for the day. The crew typically has until 9 a.m. to put the final touches on the greens and rough, but on Thursday only had until 7 a.m. because of the first tee time.
“We do course prep, cut greens, cutting ruff, hand watering dry spots…there’s a lot to do,” Glossinger said. “We have to get out ahead of the players, and then we come back out at 4 p.m. and do it all again.”
The Senior Players Championship — a major on the PGA Tour Champions — brings 78 golfers to town, including three-time defending winner Bernhard Langer. Constellation has been the title sponsor of the tournament since 2007, when it was held at Baltimore Country Club. It moved to TPC at Avenel Farm in Potomac in 2010, and has bounced around to East Coast cities.
It will be the first major men’s tournament Caves Valley has hosted since the U.S. Senior Open was played there in 2002.
“It’s been crazy,” Glossinger said of this weekend’s event. “This is a huge undertaking, the Senior Players Championship is a big deal, the real cream of the crop.”
Over 2,000 volunteers will help run the tournament, many of them from outside of the Baltimore area.
In addition to the volunteers, Glossinger said that Caves Valley has “ramped up” in every department in preparation for the tournament.
“It’ll be a test,” Glossinger said. “The rough is 3 inches high, the greens are fast, and a par 72 will be making for a tough tournament.”