Next week’s 3M Championship will have a local flair with Monday’s announcement that Troy Burne head golf professional Dave Tentis has been granted a sponsor’s exemption into the popular Champions Tour event, which will be held at the TPC of the Twin Cities Aug. 3-5.
A Woodbury resident who grew up in White Bear Lake, Tentis has been one of the top players in the state over the past few decades and played a role as one of four designers of Loggers Trail Golf Course in Grant. Tentis also designed Tanners Brook Golf Course in Forest Lake and helped create Mississippi Dunes Golf Links in Cottage Grove.
“In celebration of our 20 years in Minnesota, we wanted to give a special opportunity for several of the best players in Minnesota golf history a chance to compete against the best in the world,” said Tournament Director Hollis Cavner. “This truly could be a rags to riches story.”
In addition to winning just about every important tournament conducted in Minnesota at some point, Tentis has competed in four PGA Championships — including in 2002 at Hazeltine National — and The Masters and U.S. Open in 1984.
Minnesota favorites Tom Lehman and John Harris are also scheduled to compete.
The 3M Championship will once again feature one of the top fields on the senior circuit with a field that includes Mark Calcavecchia — fresh off a ninth-place showing at The Open Championship — Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Larry Nelson, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry, Nick Price Loren Roberts, Scott Simpson, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, Hal Sutton and Fuzzy Zoeller.