PORTLAND, ORE. (AP) - For his spot-on impression of Craig Stadler, Peter Jacobsen filled his shirt with a box of golf balls and walked heel-to-toe to the laughs of the large gallery at Portland Golf Club.
This year’s incarnation of the event opened with a “clinic” for fans that included very little instruction. On Monday and Tuesday Jacobsen and several fellow former and current pros play a two-man team better-ball event for a $750,000 purse.
Among those in the field for the Umpqua Bank Challenge were Arnold Palmer, John Cook, Ben Crenshaw, Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, Fuzzy Zoeller, Steve Elkington and Scott McCarron.
Peter's Party, known in later years as the Fred Meyer Challenge, ended in 2002 when it lost sponsorship. Jacobsen instead turned to luring the Tradition, a major on the Champions Tour, to Oregon. That annual senior circuit tournament played for several years at a club west of Portland and later in central Oregon.
Then the Tradition fell victim to the economic downturn and lost title sponsor Jeld-Wen, an Oregon-based window and door manufacturer. The event moved to Birmingham, Ala., this year.
The loss left a void in Oregon for golf fans. The only high-profile tournament was the LPGA Safeway Classic held each year at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
“It feels like coming home again, which, of course, it is,” he said.
On Sunday he played master of ceremonies at his clinic.View Entire Story
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