Not many people know it but when the PGA seniors tee off in the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland at the Springhouse Golf Club on Friday morning, there is a tournament within a tournament that will also begin.
The great-granddaddies of the granddaddy tour, the Super Seniors, will be competing for a little purse of their own, courtesy of Georgia-Pacific, a leading manufacturer of tissue, pulp, paper and building products headquartered in Atlanta. The purse, a total of $200,000 per event with the winner taking home $34,000 for two rounds of golf, is paltry compared to regular tour and Senior prize money. But for the over-60 group of tour players, it's incentive enough to keep the fires burning on a more-even level of competition than with their younger counterparts.
For guys like Mike Hill, Bob Charles, Jim Colbert, J.C. Snead, Gary Player and Lee Trevino who can still compete on the Senior Tour, the extra cash and pride of winning is out there for them to take advantage of.
And the competition is still stiff. And, even though the per-event purse is not that great, the top 16 Super Senior money-winners will compete for a $675,000 purse and a winner