Next Chapter in Boston Sports
Boston is one of “those” sports cities where a championship team seems to be churned out as easily as the next batch of clam chowder. From the improbable, a la the 2004 Red Sox, to the Brady Revenge Tour, it seems like a championship parade makes its way to Boston every few years. Now this summer there is a guarantee that the next national champion will be crowned in Greater Boston.
The U.S. Senior Open – the National Championship in senior golf – returns to Salem Country Club for the first time in 16 years. Since the last event at Salem, the U.S. Senior Open has made stops across the country including Ohio, Missouri, Indiana and Washington state and has been contested at some of the greatest courses in America.
As the National Championship returns to Greater Boston, excitement is in the air.
“I would put Boston up there as good a golf market as any other in the country,” said United States Golf Association (USGA) Director of Championships Matt Sawicki. “People here really love their golf.”
Even the players are feeling the buzz and looking forward to being part of Boston sports history.
“I’ve always been a big Boston fan,” said 2011 U.S. Senior Open Champion Olin Brown. “Boston fans love their sports. When we play at the Deutsche Bank Championship [now the Dell Technologies Championship] they come out in droves and really in support of the event and players.”
Fans and golfers alike should expect nothing less at this year U.S. Senior Open. In 2001 the event achieved a sellout a year in advance and boasted then record breaking crowds, upwards of 130,000 fans for the week.
Boston sports history also holds meaning to defending U.S. Senior Open Champion, Gene Sauers, who won his first ever PGA Tour event in the Bay State.
“I won the 1986 Bank of Boston Classic back at Pleasant Valley so it would be sweet to win again in Massachusetts,” said Sauers, 54. “If I could win [at Salem] that would be something. I have a cousin of mine, Hollis Stacey, and she won there at the 1984 U.S. Women’s Open. It would be nice if another Savannahian could win [at Salem].”
Don’t miss your chance to witness history as Gene Sauers defends his title at Salem Country Club. Tickets for this once in a generation event are on sale now and volunteer positions are available.
By: Morgan Goldstein, Marketing and New Media Manager, 2017 U.S. Senior Open