April 9, 2003
One reason why organizers of the Albany Senior Invitational scheduled this year's tournament the same week as the Masters was because the PGA's Champions tour ends a three week hiatus next week in Pensacola.
With the extended break, Organizers here thought that some members of the Champions tour tuned up for the Emerald Coast Classic by playing the Albany Senior.
Their hunch proved to be correct with 12-time Champions tour winner Jim Dent decided to join the 142 player field.
The 63 year old Dent turned professional in 1966 where his best finish on the PGA tour was a second place in the 1972 Walt Disney World Open.
He joined the Seniors or Champions tour in 1989 where he won two tournaments in his "rookie" season. Dent's last win on the Champions tour was in 1998.
The Augusta native would love to pick up a win while in Albany but has made several new friends incluidng is pro-am parnter Dr. Willie Adams.
Jim Dent says it is also a good excuse to get out of the house.
Jim Dent said "I hope I will be ready. You know when you get away from the house, you have all that honey do, your wife always has got alot of honey do for you. So, if you can get away, any place you can go is better than doing the honey do. So that is the reason I am here."
Jim Dent and the rest of the field will begin the 54-hole Albany Senior Invitational on Thursday morning at the Stonebridge Country Club. Dent will start Thursday's round at 9:30 a.m. on the 10th tee.