NOTRE DAME, Ind. (Oct. 14, 2016) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Ind., as the host site for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship. This will be the second USGA championship contested at the Warren Golf Course. The dates for the championship are June 27-30.
“The USGA is proud to partner with the University of Notre Dame, an institution whose national and international student body is reflective of the 156-player field in the U.S. Senior Open Championship,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The U.S. Senior Open is senior golf’s most coveted championship and we know the Warren Course will examine the players’ skills as they compete for the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.”
The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame will be the first collegiate course to host a U.S. Senior Open Championship. It will also be the 16th USGA championship held on a campus layout.
Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame opened for play on May 1, 2000. The public, links-style course is nestled among 250 acres of woodlands. The venue, located on the north edge of campus, is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It is named after W.K. Warren Jr., Tulsa business leader and philanthropist and Notre Dame alum, who helped fund the original construction and continues to work closely with the course on improvements and maintenance.
“The selection of the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame as site for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open is a significant endorsement of the quality and national standing of the golf course,” said University of Notre Dame Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity for a USGA event of this magnitude to be played on our campus. This is a weeklong event that will provide substantial economic impact to the Michiana community.”
The Warren Golf Course hosted the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, when Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 and 2, in the championship final. The course has hosted six U.S. Amateur sectional qualifiers (2001, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014), two U.S. Open local qualifiers (2009, 2011) and several tournaments conducted by the Western Golf Association and the Indiana Golf Association.
In 2015, the Warren Golf Course was one of 34 sites to host U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying, with professionals Mike Reid, Willie Wood and Tommy Armour III advancing to the championship at Del Paso Country Club, in Sacramento, Calif.
The Warren Golf Course is the home of the Notre Dame men’s and women’s golf programs and has hosted college regional competition. It was the site of the 2005 and 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Regionals and the 2011 and 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals. In 2010, David Chung led Stanford University to the Central Regional title and a spot in the NCAA Championship field. Three months later, Chung was the runner-up in the U.S. Amateur Championship.
The U.S. Senior Open will be the 22nd USGA championship held in Indiana. Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, held the lone U.S. Senior Open in the Hoosier State. In 2009, Fred Funk set a 72-hole record for most strokes under par at 20 under and tied the largest victory margin with his six-stroke victory over Joey Sindelar.
The U.S. Senior Open Championship was first played in 1980. The championship for golfers age 50 and older is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. In 2017, the U.S. Senior Open Championship will be played June 29-July 2 at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass. The 2018 championship is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), in Colorado Springs, Colo.