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Omaha Country Club to Host 2013 U.S. Senior Open
The United States Golf Association has announced that Omaha Country Club has been selected as the site for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open. The dates of the championship will be August 1-4.
It will be the first USGA championship to be conducted at the Nebraska club. The USGA has previously conducted two national championships in Nebraska: the 1941 U.S. Amateur (won by Marvin H. Ward) at Omaha Field Club and the 1996 U.S. Women's Amateur (won by Kelli Kuehne) at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln.
Designed in 1925 on 190 acres of farmland, Omaha Country Club completed major renovations and enhancements to the golf course in 2006. These changes, under the direction of Keith Foster, added length and complemented the original design of the course, as well as a 1951 redesign by Perry Maxwell.
"Having the opportunity to host the U.S. Senior Open Championship is a tribute to Omaha Country Club and to Omaha's ability to support major sporting events," said Patrick Duffy, chairman of the local organizing committee. "The Senior Open will bring tens of thousands of fans and hundreds of media to our community, and it will be another chance to put our community in the national spotlight. We look forward to seeing some of golf's greatest players in Omaha."
The Omaha Country Club has hosted 15 Nebraska Amateur Championships (most recently in 2005), four Nebraska Cup Matches, two Nebraska Match Play Championships and one Nebraska-Kansas Junior Cup.
Future sites of the U.S. Senior Open prior to 2013 include:
2009 Crooked Stick Golf Club - Carmel, Ind.
2010 Sahalee Country Club - Sammamish, Wash.
2011 Inverness Club - Toledo, Ohio
2012 Indianwood Golf and Country Club - Lake Orion, Mich.
The U.S. Senior Open was first played in 1980, and the 2009 championship will be the 30th. A total of 22 players won the first 27 championships, and 24 clubs have hosted the championship, with Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham Hills, Mich., and Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., having each hosted two Senior Opens.