BLAINE, Minn – (Aug. 3, 2017) – In 1993, the Burnet Senior Classic held for the first time. The tournament would later become the 3M Championship, and this year the tournament celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The tournament used to be held at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids, but later moved to the TPC Twin Cities located in Blaine in 2001.
“The only tournament I missed was the first year” said 3M Championship Tournament Director, Jennifer Hines. “When we moved to the TPC [Twin Cities] it just evolved because this course was built for this event.
“We’re free admission, and I think that has a big part in families being able to come out here and enjoy it,” Hines said.
The late Arnold Palmer, who passed away last September, co-designed the TPC Twin Cities and was a great friend to the tournament over the years, making many appearances. During the tournament, he is being remembered with a large mural on the grounds of the course.
“He has been such a good friend to us … and instrumental in the overall tour and just establishing the PGA Tour Champions,” Hines said. “From the moment we stepped on this property his influence is here.”
As the tournament celebrates the past they also hit another milestone as their charitable gifts continue to grow.
“We’ve donated $25 million in charity and we support Allina Health and local programs in our community,” Hines said. “We look to donate another $1.3 million this year.”