2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club

Course builder Pete Dye has built a litany of diabolical designs during his decades pushing dirt around the globe. Crooked Stick Golf Club, opened for play in 1964, was the first of his legendary creations to garner critical acclaim, and thus retains a special place in his body of work.

At Crooked Stick in 1991, ninth alternate John Daly became the first man to claim a major championship tournament on one of Dye’s courses, winning the PGA Championship by three strokes over Bruce Lietzke and registering one of the most improbable victories in the history of golf in the process.

2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club

Daly’s remarkable triumph and the course’s status as Dye’s initial well-known design will forever be embedded in the history of the Carmel, Indiana golf club. This summer, the United States Senior Open turns 30 at Crooked Stick and yet another indelible, once-in-a-lifetime moment will transpire on the grounds of what Dye described as “just an old straightforward golf course.

The event is scheduled for July 27 -Aug. 2, with championship competition beginning Thursday, July 30.

Dye, who will serve as honorary chairman for the event, will be joined at Crooked Stick by the club’s dedicated membership, golf legends that will include Greg Norman, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Fred Funk, more than 3,000 volunteers and thousands of patrons from every corner of America to watch a talented, accomplished fi eld compete for the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship.

Crooked Stick

The event will mark the sixth time Crooked Stick has hosted a United States Golf Association event and the first USGA open competition since the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open won by Laurie Merten.

Since being awarded the event in the fall of 2005, the dedicated membership at Crooked Stick Golf Club and the championship staff have been working to ensure that the golf course will provide an appropriate test for the best players in the world.Crooked Stick will play to a par of 72 and measure more than 7,300 yards, making the golf course at least 100 yards longer than it was when Daly gripped it and ripped it on his way to glory in 1991. At the time, Crooked Stick was the longest course in PGA Championship history and the way Daly won changed the game of golf.

According to the championship director of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open, Max Novena, Dye will also play a substantial role in readying the course.

“He is working with the USGA, giving them all sorts of input and suggesting tweaks to ensure that this is the hardest event the players compete in this summer,” said Novena.

The event has been embraced by the state of Indiana and the communities surrounding Indianapolis as a unique event on the same level as a Final Four or Super Bowl; all three events will be promoted on 12 big blue signs on all of the major highways throughout the state.

2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf ClubCrooked Stick’s membership is known for being a proud and dedicated group, and they have been integral in bringing a major championship back to the club.

“They are a great membership,” said Novena. “They have a lot of history and view hosting events like this as their responsibility to their community. Crooked Stick is the only venue in the area that can host big events featuring the best players in the world, and every three to five to ten years, that’s what they want to do. They’re very involved and we cannot put on a successful event without their support.”

The championship’s Web site will provide support for anyone interested in being a part of golf history.

At www.2009ussenioropen.com you’ll be able to purchase tickets, get spectator information, learn about becoming a championship volunteer and read all about the upcoming championship.

The 2009 U.S. Senior Open will be a historic occasion and one of the biggest golf events of the summer, giving spectators, volunteers and players a chance to visit one of golf’s most hallowed venues.

2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club

 

 

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