History Returns to Salem
Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass., has been selected to host the 2017 United States Senior Open Championship. This is the second time the club will be showcased across the globe as the host site for the U.S. Senior Open and marks the sixth United States Golf Association (USGA) event to be played at Salem, including the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open won by Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Fifteen years ago, Salem garnered worldwide fame as the host of the 2001 U.S. Senior Open. This championship marked the first time that a Senior Open completely sold out their ticket allotment. With a star studded field including legends of the game such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, it’s no surprise the Championship drew over 140,000 spectators from all fifty states.
“The 2001 U.S. Senior Open was a truly an epic event,” said William Sheehan III, Chairman, 2017 U.S. Senior Open. “You had amazing field of players, a welcoming community here in the North Shore of Boston and great leadership from Ollie Cook [2001 U.S. Senior Open Chairman].”
Eddie Carbone, Executive Director, along with his team of seasoned golf industry professionals are eager to recreate the magic and memories from the 2001 Championship next summer. The rest of the Championship staff include Mike Goggin, Operations Director; Brianne Wyatt, Volunteer Director; Morgan Goldstein, Marketing and New Media Manager; and Mary LoBello, Sales and Client Services Director. LoBello is no stranger to Salem Country Club as she was part of the 2001 Championship team.
“Working the 2001 event was spectacular,” said Mary LoBello. “I’m so happy to be back again for the 2017 Championship. Everyone has a personal story with the ’01 championship. Whether they were volunteering and met Gary Player or were standing in the clubhouse next to Jack Nicklaus during the rain delay, these are the memories that last a lifetime.”
Even though Player, Nicklaus and Palmer’s professional playing days are over, the next generation of senior golfers are ready to face the famed Donald Ross designed course in June 2017. Some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR Champions including Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Davis Love III and Tom Watson are expected to play at Salem.
Will Tom Watson cap off a storybook career with a win at Salem? Can Bernhard Langer solidify his status as one of the most decorated players in senior golf history? Will Fred Couples win his first major championship in four years?
What we do know is that in 2017 the stars will once again align in Peabody as history returns to Salem.
By: Morgan Goldstein, Marketing and New Media Manager, 2017 U.S. Senior Open