He’s a long-time member of the so-called “Oak Tree Gang,” and as one of the younger members, he’s finally joining his fellow pros on the Champions Tour.
Scott Verplank first made a name for himself by winning the 1984 U.S. Amateur Championship at Oak Tree.
He helped Oklahoma State to the 1983 NCAA team title, and won the 1986 NCAA individual title, before going on to a 28-year career on the PGA Tour.
On Wednesday, July 9th, he turns 50 years old, making him eligible to play on the Champions Tour, and it’s just in time to play in the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National.
Along the way, Verplank has overcome health issues, injuries, and inconsistency.
Now he gets a fresh start as a rookie on the Champions Tour, and gets to make his debut on his home course.
Brian Brinkley reports from Oak Tree National.