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Monday, July 25, 2011

Rare Display

Championship History on Display
By Anthony J. Schaaf

JOHNS CREEK, Ga., – Golf fans eager for an up-close look at the game of golf will have a rare opportunity to see legendary memorabilia when the PGA Championship History Exhibit visits Johns Creek, Ga., June 7 – Aug. 14.
            The City of Johns Creek, in cooperation with the Johns Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau, presents the exhibit free of charge to the public to coincide with the city being host to the 93rd PGA Championship.
            The PGA Championship History Exhibit debuted in Louisville in 2000, and travels to future host PGA Championship cities. The exhibit features memorabilia spanning from Jim Barnes' driver to capture the inaugural Championship in 1916; a walking stick once used by the legendary Walter Hagen; Gene Sarazen's niblick (today's 9-iron); Jack Nicklaus' wedge, which he used to capture the 1980 PGA Championship; Phil Mickelson's wedge that clinched his 2005 victory; and Y.E. Yang's 3-hybrid that sealed his historic 2009 triumph.
            The exhibit will be on display in the Johns Creek Welcome Center at Johns Creek Walk, 11030 Medlock Bridge Road, just three miles from the Atlanta Athletic Club, site of the 2011 PGA Championship, Aug. 8-14.
            The Welcome Center’s hours of operation are Tuesday (noon-8 p.m.); Wednesday-Sunday (noon-5 p.m.); and closed Mondays, except during Championship Week. The Center features free parking.

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