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Metal Detectors, Bag Restrictions For Senior PGA Championship

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A course scenic of the 12th green during the final round of the BMW Championship held at Bellerive Country Club on September 7, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

A course scenic of the 12th green during the final round of the BMW Championship held at Bellerive Country Club on September 7, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - One of the year’s largest sporting events of the year, the 2013 Senior PGA Championship, will be held this week at Bellerive Country Club and there will be plenty of security on hand to make sure it goes off without incident.

Guards at the gates will be using metal detecting wands to make sure no one brings a handgun or any other weapon onto the course. Also, backpacks and bags larger than ten inches tall, ten inches wide, or ten inches deep will not be allowed.

Tournament director Jason Mengel says the rules were formulated years before the Boston Marathon bombings.

“We’ve been engaged in a monthly planning meeting going all the way back to when the office opened here in November, 2011 so we had a great plan in place,” he said. “Local, state, federal police and the Postal Inspection Office, you name it, were involved with the plan that was put together.”

Following the bombings, that plan changed only slightly.

“We changed our staffing numbers and kind of increased our communication plan on backpacks and bag restrictions,” Mengel said.

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