Former PGA Tour stars Davis Love III, Colin Montgomerie and Jesper Parnevik strengthen an already impressive field scheduled to compete in the second annual Bass Pro Shops Legends Big Cedar Lodge golf tournament April 22-26 near Branson, Missouri.
The event, which features top players on the PGA Champions Tour, will be played on two courses on the Big Cedar Lodge campus in Ridgedale—18-hole Buffalo Ridge and nine-hole Top of the Rock. The inaugural tournament in 2014 marked the first time a nine-hole course played host to a professional tournament.
Top of the Rock is easily one of the most scenic stops anywhere in professional golf, with a dramatic, bunker-saturated Jack Nicklaus layout fashioned in a nature preserve. Buffalo Ridge, designed by Tom Fazio, also is scenic and challenging.
Love, Montgomerie and Parnevik all graduated to the PGA Champions Tour for 50-and-over players in either 2013 or ’14. None of the trio competed in the Bass Pro Legends last year. Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman paired to win the Champions division of the three-round event last year for players 50-64. Jim Colbert, then 73, and Jim Thorpe, then 65, won the Legends division for players 65 and older.
The format hasn’t changed from a year ago. The older group will play Buffalo Ridge on Friday, circle Top of the Rock twice on Saturday and play one final nine-hole round at Top of the Rock on Sunday. The younger golfers will follow the same format as the Legends group Friday and Saturday but will play two nine-hole rounds at Top of the Rock on Sunday.
What’s New in 2015
Spectators from 2014 will notice two enhancements to the fan experience in 2015:
- Parking has been expanded at Buffalo Ridge, and free shuttles will transport fans to Top of the Rock from a brand-new, 25-acre lot.
- Volunteers, recognizable by their special bibs, will move about both courses for the purpose of answering any question fans may have on the tournament as well as general questions about the Big Cedar campus.
You can learn more by visiting the tournament website and also by downloading the official tournament app from iTunes Store or Google Play. The app provides pairings, course maps, leaderboards, ticket info, and even hour-by-hour weather forecasts.