Salem Country Club Archive Room
As the host of six United States Golf Association (USGA) events and fifteen state championships, no other New England club has a history quite like Salem Country Club. During the club’s 110-year history it’s hosted legends of golf including Babe Dickerson Zaharias, Arnold Palmer, Hollis Stacy and Gary Player. With some of the sport’s most transcendent stars playing the famed Donald Ross designed course, Salem has a lot to be proud of.
The club boasts about its illustrious history in the Archive Room located near the Pro Shop. Run by longtime Salem member, Tom Standring, the archive room has artifacts, signed memorabilia and video dating back over half a century. Standring has accumulated more than 500 items that captures the first USGA championship to the 2012 New England PGA Championship and everything in between.
Original tee markers from 1925? Tom has that. Leather table cloth from 1984 U.S. Women’s Open? You bet. With hundreds of items to choose from, Standring himself has a hard time picking out a favorite.
“I would have to say a ticket from the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open,” said Standring. “It’s signed by Babe [Dickerson Zaharias] and her husband. Babe was one of the greatest female athletes of all time. It’s a great addition to the Archive Room to have an original signed ticket.”
The ticket is a recent acquisition of the Archive Room. It’s big, bright yellow and peppered with more autographs than you can count, including the Zaharias’ and other competitors.
Another item of note is practically a historical item itself: a slide projector. The handheld projector displays slides of Hollis Stacy hoisting the Harton S. Semple trophy after winning the 1984 U.S. Women’s Open.
Standring has also accumulated an enviable collection of 2001 U.S. Senior Open items. Signs, news articles, images, signed scorecards and championship footage are everywhere. With Bruce Fleisher’s victory played on repeat, it’s hard not to get into the U.S. Senior Open spirit. Between the video and signs hung on the wall it’s similar to a 2001 time warp.
As the history of the U.S. Senior Open returns to Salem Country Club for the first time since 2001, Tom Standring better be ready for great new additions to the Archive Room.
To view pictures from the archive room, click here.
By: Morgan Goldstein, Marketing and New Media Manager, 2017 U.S. Senior Open