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US Senior Open returning to Salem

Boston – The US Senior Open is returning to the Salem Country Club in 2017.

The USGA announced it is returning to the Donald Ross-designed course in Peabody, Massachusetts, for the first time since Bruce Fleischer won the Senior Open there in a rain-soaked but well-attended tournament in 2001.

Fans watch Fred Couples playing in the 2013 US Senior Open at the Omaha Country Club. The tournament eturns to the Salem Country Club in 2017. Photo: Scott Halleran. Credit: AFP

“We had a great week back then,” said Tim Flaherty, the USGA official in charge of the tournament.

“It’s the golf course – one of the very best golf courses in the country. It’s a great old gem; it’s a classic.”

Salem also hosted the US Women’s Open in 1954 and 1984, the 1932 US Women’s Amateur and the 1977 US Men’s Senior Amateur. The course has a smaller footprint that prevents it from hosting a US Open, but some changes have been made on the grounds since 2001 that will open up operational space, Flaherty said.

Flaherty said the course, which played in 2001 as a 6 709-yard, par-70, won’t need any major changes to prepare it for the USGA.

“There may be a place where we ask for a tee or something like that,” he said. “But the thing about Salem is that we don’t really have to do anything. We’ve got a Donald Ross classic we’re thrilled to be going to.” – Sapa-AP

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