Former Tulsan Matt Gogel has been added to the field for the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship May 27-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
The addition of Gogel gives the field its first Tulsan and its first former Oklahoma State Amateur champion. As an 18-year-old redshirt freshman at the University of Oklahoma (shortly before transferring to Kansas), the Bishop Kelley graduate defeated Marc Redmon in the finals at Meadowbrook Country Club (and yes, your grizzled correspondent was there to see it.).
Gogel went on to a successful college career at KU, won five times on what was then the Nike Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour), and won AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2002 for his lone victory on the PGA Tour, though he also finished second there in 2000. He joined CBS Sports as a commentator in 2009 and now works for NBC and Golf Channel. He competed at Pebble Beach this year for his first event since 2007, but turned 50 in February and is now eligible for a run on the Champions Tour.
Gogel lives in Mission Hills, Kan., and he and brother Mike, a golf course architect, were heavily involved in the redesign of Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence in 2017-18 from a 36 hole facility with 18 public and 18 private into a 27-hole private club.
For tickets and more information on the 2021 Senior PGA Championship, visit www.srpga.com.
– Ken MacLeod