It would be a vast understatement to say Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon has had a busy first 60-plus days on the job.
Since joining the Panthers on May 17, Tallon orchestrated one of the most successful drafts in Florida’s history with three first round picks (Erik Gudbranson
, Nick Bjugstad
& Quinton Howden
), while acquiring three time 20-goal scorer Christopher Higgins in free agency, hiring Assistant GM Michael Santos, along with former Panthers Gord Murphy (asst coach) and Brian Skrudland (dir. of player development) and assembled a coaching staff for Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.
While re-positioning the Panthers for future success, Tallon even found a little time to qualify for the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, which begins today at Sahalee Country Club, just outside of Seattle, Wash.
“I came home from the draft in Los Angeles on Sunday and the next day had an early morning tee time at a local course outside of Chicago,” says Tallon. “I had not had the opportunity to play that much, but I hit the ball well that day, sank a few putts, got a little lucky and qualified for the tournament.”
And today at 9:15 a.m. PST, in a field that includes Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Peter Jacobsen, Tom Lehman and Mark O’Meara, Tallon will get to test his skills against golf’s best. However, he is no stranger to professional golf competition, having qualified for the 2003 Senior PGA Championship, while winning the 1969 Canadian Junior Championship.
“This will most definitely be one of the biggest thrills of my golf life,” says Tallon. “It will be an amazing and memorable opportunity to play with a talented field of players and on this spectacular course. I am just going to have a good time with it and enjoy the experience.”
**To follow Tallon’s progress log onto www.2010ussenioropen.com
**Dale Tallon's Card