Woodbury's Tentis to tee it up at 3M ChampionshipLongtime Woodbury resident Dave Tentis, a Minnesota Golf Association Hall of Fame inductee, will compete in the upcoming 3M Championship Champions Tour event – hitting the course against the best golfers in the world over 50.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, Woodbury Bulletin
Longtime Woodbury resident Dave Tentis, a Minnesota Golf Association Hall of Fame inductee, will compete in the upcoming 3M Championship Champions Tour event – hitting the course against the best golfers in the world over 50.
Tentis, who was named to the MGA-PGA Hall of Fame in 2011 and is currently the Head Professional at Troy Burne Golf Course in Hudson, Wis., will tee it up against fellow Minnesotan Tom Lehman – last year’s leading Champions Tour money winner and the current points leader in 2012. Other notables at the tournament will be defending champion Jay Haas, Nick Price, Fuzzy Zoeller, Bernhard Langer, Ben Crenshaw, Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Funk.
Tentis will also get a chance to square off with rival Minnesotan golfer Don Berry, the current Head Professional at Edinburgh USA. Both Tentis and Berry earned sponsor's exemptions to play in the tournament.
Tentis has had myriad success as a competitive amateur and professional golfer, both home and abroad. He has beat the best in Minnesota, winning the State Amateur title in 1984 and the State Open in 2002, and abroad, playing for a victorious U.S. Walker Cup team (1983), and winning on the Canadian Tour (1987). Tentis has qualified for four PGA Championships (2002-2005) and a U.S. Open (1984), as well as earning a coveted invitation to the 1984 Masters. Injury ended his tenure on the PGA Tour in 1990, but since then, Tentis has been a competitive force on the local professional scene, winning the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am four times, the Minnesota Golf Champions three times, and a Minnesota Section PGA championship.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 3M Championship kicks off July 30, with the tournament taking place Aug. 3-5, at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. For the fourth consecutive year, the 3M Championship will offer free admission to all spectators.
The tournament is set to achieve an unprecedented goal for a Champions Tour event. Charitable contributions will reach $20 million in 2012. There are no other Champions Tour events that have attained this level of charitable contributions in this time frame.
Not only is the tournament an important golf event for Minnesota, but it also exemplifies the 3M Championship's positive impact on the community. Proceeds have impacted lives, benefited communities and raised the level of health care for Minnesotans. Monies raised this year go to United Hospital, Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Unity Hospital.
In addition, for the ninth consecutive year, icons of the golf world, including Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez, will participate in the popular Greats of Golf Challenge, a best-ball tournament-within-the-tournament on Aug. 4 and 5.