Mike Haridopolos To Assist Marco Dawson On PGA Senior Golf Tour This Weekend

By  //  July 8, 2015

insider updates for Space Coast Daily readers

ABOVE VIDEO: In the final round of the 2015 Tucson Conquistadores Classic at Omni Tucson National, Marco Dawson shoots a final-round 69 to claim his first win on the Champions Tour.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Merritt Island professional golfer Marco Dawson will get a little help from his friend Mike Haridopolos when he takes on the best in the PGA Senior Golf Tour this weekend at the Encompass Championship in Chicago.

Dawson is currently ninth in the Champions Tour overall points standings and will have former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos carrying his golf bag, and offering encouragement and support as he shoots his way through the North Shore Country Club golf course on his quest to another senior tour victory

Haridopolos and Dawson became friends when they were neighbors living in Merritt Island.

“Marco knows my passion for golf and was willing to put me on as a caddie for a few tournaments,” said Haridopolos.

Mike Haridopolos
Mike Haridopolos

“My only request is that we follow the oath of ‘do no harm.’ He assured me that he picks his owns clubs for each shot and reads his own putts.”

Haridopolos, an avid golfer, tennis and outdoors man is passionate about his love for sports.

Marco Dawson
Marco Dawson

“I’m there for support and to live vicariously through Marco,” said Haridopolos.

“Believe me, I will not make it on the Champions Tour when I turn 50. Marco is a true pro and real gentleman in allowing me to be a part of the action.”

Haridopolos will provide regular insider updates exclusively for Space Coast Daily readers and golf fans during the three day tournament.

There will be 81 of the best Champions Tour Professionals competing over 54 holes of stroke play.

His unique perspective from walking along with Dawson will place him right in the middle of the action as he gets up close and personal with the greats of the game when they compete for the coveted trophy and a shot at the $1.9 million in prize money.

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Some of the most recognized names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Nick Price will compete.  Major champions and fan favorites such as Jeff Sluman, Chip Beck, John Cook, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Corey Pavin, Kenny Perry, Rocco Mediate and Steve Elkington will also be among the players.

“I’m really looking forward to the event in Chicago,” said Haridopolos.

“Hopefully the readers will enjoy the first hand account of what it is like to be “inside the ropes” at a Champions Tour event.”

Tournament & Golf Channel TV Schedule:

Wednesday, July 8
• Pro-Am Tee Times 7:15 a.m. – 1:25 p.m.
• Wintrust Junior Program 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
• The First Tee of Greater Chicago Golf Fashion Show 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, July 10
• First Round Encompass Championship Pro-Am starting times 7:15 a.m. – 1:35 p.m. 1st and 10th tee start
• LIVE Golf Channel coverage 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
• Volunteer Appreciation Party 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 11
• Second Round Encompass Championship Pro-Am starting times 7:15 a.m. – 1:35 p.m. 1st and 10th tee start
• LIVE Golf Channel coverage 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (CDT)

Sunday, July 12
• Final Round Encompass Championship starting times 10 a.m. – 12 noon 1st and 10th tee start
• Trophy presentation upon conclusion of play on 18th green
• LIVE Golf Channel coverage 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (CDT)

ABOVE VIDEO: In this special motorsports edition to mark the 57th running of the Daytona 500 last February, Mike Haridopolos welcomes his special guests, NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine and Congressman Bill Posey, from the showroom of Bodine’s Honda of Melbourne.