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On Monday, May 22, Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead will be one of the qualifying sites for the Massachusetts Golf Association Open. The top 14 and ties will advance to the championship, to be held at Sacconnesset in East Falmouth June 12-14.

Here are the pairings:

The clubhouse at Tedesco Country Club overlooks the 18th green.

 

Time Hole Players Hole Players
7:30 AM 1
Hervol, Jimmy (a) Hopkinton CC
Houston, Chris (a) Gilford, NH
Burak, Steven Thorny Lea GC
10
Olivar, Garret (a) Manchester, NH
Macpherson, Tom (a) Tedesco CC
Zorfas, Jesse (a) Framingham CC
7:39 AM 1
MacDonald, Collin (a) Ferncroft CC
Kabogoh, Nathaniel (a) Vesper CC
Stansbury, Logan (a) Hillview GC
10
Parker, Brandon (a) Worcester CC
Vergados, George (a) Long Meadow GC
McInerney, Kevin (a) Glen Ellen CC
7:48 AM 1
Dyer, Kevin (a) Kernwood CC
Englander, Will (a) Cohasset GC
Fantasia, Nick (a) Mount Pleasant GC
10
Pratt, Jeff Windermere, FL
Merkulov, Yaroslav Penfield, NY
Montone, Edward Tedesco CC
7:57 AM 1
Turner, Mark (a) Bass Rocks GC
Whitham, Riley (a) International
Krekorian, Brett (a) Indian Ridge CC
10
Jennings, Matthew Prairie City, IA
Marcoaldi, Nick Glen Ellen CC
Maccario, Nick (a) Bradford CC
8:06 AM 1
Cossio, Frank Brigantine, NJ
Antonelli, Nick North Andover CC
Brown, Griffin Vesper CC
10
Balter, Ben (a) Weston GC
Lang, Jackson (a) Nashawtuc CC
Mitchell, Brenden The Country Club
8:15 AM 1
George, Bart Arnold, MD
Adams, Matt Arlington, MA
Wilson, Pat Andover, NJ
10
Brewer, Christopher (a) Beverly G & TC
Hill, Jonathan (a) Granite Links GC
Dimarzio, Joe (a) Plymouth CC
8:24 AM 1
Scott, Shawn (a) Long Meadow GC
Palka, Mike Brae Burn CC
Goich, George Newburyport, MA
10
Kelley, Glenn (a) Dedham C & PC
Young, Christopher Ould Newbury GC
Barnes, Jeff Unicorn GC
8:33 AM 1
Vana, Jr., Frank (a) Marlborough CC
Brennan (A/R), Colin Indian Ridge CC
Purrington, Mark Renaissance
10
Lusk, Damon (a) George Wright GC
Poor, Gregory (a) Haverhill CC
Rubin, Doug (a) Pine Brook CC
8:42 AM 1
Gilmartin, John (a) Indian Ridge CC
Reese, Ben (a) Charles River CC
Deale, Sean (a) Brae Burn CC
10
Kelly, Louis Sewell, NJ
Clair, Cameron Biddeford, ME
Fay, Kevin Lawrence, MA
8:51 AM 1
Monteleone, Jeffrey Bellevue GC
O’Brien, Michael Mount Hood GC
Miceli, Phil (a) Sagamore Spring GC
10
Cothern, Tommy (a) Ferncroft CC
Dolby, Jacob The Country Club
Earnshaw, Ross West Palm Beach, FL
9:00 AM 1
Carey, Tim Thorny Lea GC
Tallman, Christopher Cold Spring CC
Walshe, David (a) Nabnasset Lake CC
10
DiLisio, Steven (a) Salem CC
Harris, Ryan Wedgewood Pines CC
Bornhorst, Christopher (a) Brae Burn CC
9:09 AM 1
Rogers, David (a) Needham GC
Maloney, Matthew (a) George Wright GC
Magarian, Zachary (a) Green Hill GC
10
Rand, Jake (a) Winthrop GC
Conway, Andrew (a) Vesper CC
Scioli, Todd (a) Thomson CC
9:18 AM 1
Han, Jung (a) Ferncroft CC
Mead, George (a) Bass Rocks GC
Shuber, Jack (a) Pleasant Valley CC
10
Livingston, Brendan (a) Indian Ridge CC
Kade, Jack (a) Dennis Pines GC
Druce, Jeff (a) Granite Links GC
9:27 AM 1
Kramer, Jake (a) Kernwood CC
Goulos, Athan (a) Ferncroft CC
Brickley, John (a) Mount Hood GC

 

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Eighty-four players will battle for two qualifying spots Wednesday, May 24 at the 18-hole sectional for the U.S. Senior Open at Kernwood Country Club in Salem. The two successful players will advance to the 38th U.S. Senior Open slated for June 29-July 2 at Salem Country Club in Peabody.

The pairings:

8:10 AM1

Ken Mattini (a) Wheeling, IL
Jimmy Grant (a) Haverhill, MA
Joseph Dimarzio (a) Scituate, MA

8:00 AM8

Frank Dully II Salem, MA
Joseph Walker II (a) Dennis, MA
Chip Johnson Hingham, MA

8:20 AM1

John Carroll (a) Tewksbury, MA
Kevin Carey (a) South Dennis, MA
Andrew Russo (a) Sudbury, MA

8:10 AM8

David Larrivee (a) Bedford, NH
Brian Coakley (a) Wellesley, MA
Robert Linn (a) Enfield, CT

8:30 AM1

Christopher Young Newbury, MA
CY Kilgore (a) Beverly, MA
Stuart Robbin (a) Danvers, MA

8:20 AM8

Tim Spence Lindfield, ENG
Douglas Clapp (a) Walpole, MA
Michael Ryan Johnston, RI

8:40 AM1

Chris Tufts (a) Mashpee, MA
Tommy Trodella Newburyport, MA
Edward Porter (a) Winchester, MA

8:30 AM8

Stephen Howard (a) Medford, MA
Randy Daniels (a) Sturbridge, MA
Flynt Lincoln (a) Springfield, MA

8:50 AM1

William Schultz (a) Hingham, MA
Tim Yorke (a) Kensington, CAN
David Pierce (a) East Bridgewater, MA

8:40 AM8

Craig Steckowych (a) Greenland, NH
Andrew Horvitz (a) South Dartmouth, MA
Tom Lennon (a) Canton, MA

9:00 AM1

John Hickson Topsham, ME
Geoffrey Sisk Marshfield, MA
Gordon Guss Southborough, MA

8:50 AM8

David Hayes (a) Loudonille, NY
Paul Montecalvo (a) North Andover, MA
Gary Shover (a) Enosburg Falls, VT

9:10 AM1

Kevin Shea (a) Hingham, MA
Craig Campbell (a) Marlborough, MA
Paul Mitchell (a) West Roxbury, MA

9:00 AM8

Ronald Laverdiere (a) Amherst, MA
Kevin Quinn (a) Needham, MA
William Couture (a) Malden, MA

9:20 AM1

Donald Roberts Sidney, ME
Tom Gillis Peabody, MA
Patrick Sharpe Sandwich, MA

9:10 AM8

Kim Perry (a) Richmond, VT
Peter Davison (a) West Hartford, CT
Paul Lacamera (a) Kingston, MA

9:30 AM1

Bill Tefft (a) Windsor, CT
Jeffrey Page (a) Natick, MA
Danny Turbide (a) Quebec, CAN

9:20 AM8

Girouard Marc Saint Sauveur, CAN
Michael Summa Greenwich, CT
Steve Poremba Auburn, NH

9:40 AM1

Philip Krick Jr. Groton, CT
Marc Hurtubise Chambly, CAN
Terry Felty Billerica, MA

9:30 AM8

James Whitney (a) Beverly, MA
James Staffieri (a) Windham, NH
Ken Whalley (a) Topsfield, MA

9:50 AM1

Edward Weber (a) Rutland, MA
Webb Heintzelman Middleton, MA
Michael Verde (a) North Easton, MA

9:40 AM8

Steven Tasho (a) North Easton, MA
Jon Perry (a) Beverly, MA
Douglas Parigian (a) Lowell, MA

10:00 AM1

John Wolfrum (a) Ipswich, MA
John Deforest Accord, NY
Benoit Boudreau Longueuil, CAN

9:50 AM8

David Holmes (a) Sutton, MA
Dean Parziale (a) Cumberland, RI
Wayne Guyer (a) Beverly, MA

10:10 AM1

Rick Karbowski Worcester, MA
David Brasington Foxboro, MA
John Rainone North Kingstown, RI

10:20 AM1

John Fields Southborough, MA
Michael Dibenedetto West Hartford, CT
Ronald Philo Stowe, VT

10:30 AM1

John O’Connor Bradford, MA
John Paesani Mattapoisett, MA
Billy Downes Longmeadow, MA

10:40 AM1

Frank Vana (a) Shrewsbury, MA
John Dalrymple Stoughton, MA
Robert Wichowski (a) Westfield, MA
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David Toms has filed his entry to compete in the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Salem Country Club.

 

The United States Golf Association has announced that David Toms and Steve Stricker, who turned 50 this year and thus eligible to compete for the first time, were among the 2,680 individuals to file an entry into the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled for June 29-July 2 at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass.

Toms, the winner of the 2001 PGA Championship, and Stricker, the captain of the 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup Team, along with 12 past champions, join a group of 83 players who are currently exempt from qualifying for the championship. Also entered for the first time is four-time major champion Nick Faldo, who lost an 18-hole playoff to Curtis Strange in the 1988 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

“We look forward to bringing the U.S. Senior Open Championship to Salem Country Club for the first time since 2001 and adding another chapter to the club’s storied history,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The U.S. Senior Open is considered senior golf’s most coveted championship. The number of entries demonstrates the great interest in competing for the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.”

The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers, and amateurs with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 who are 50 years of age at the start of championship play.

Sectional qualifying will be played over 18 holes at 34 sites across the United States between May 15 and June 12. There are qualifying sites in 27 states, including five in California and three in Florida. In addition, places in the 156-player field are reserved for eligible winners of official PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events in the weeks remaining before the 2017 U.S. Senior Open.

The USGA accepted entries from golfers in 48 states, including 81 from Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, as well as 25 foreign countries. The record for entries was established in 2002, when 3,101 golfers applied to play.

This will be the third U.S. Senior Open in New England and the second at Salem Country Club. Bruce Fleisher won at Salem in 2001, defeating Isao Aoki and Gil Morgan by one stroke. Fleisher, the runner-up in the previous year’s U.S. Senior Open to Hale Irwin, shot a 2-under 68 in the final round. In 1987, Gary Player won by six strokes over Doug Sanders at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn.

Salem Country Club is hosting its sixth USGA championship. Two of the greatest players in golf history have earned the U.S. Women’s Open title at the club. Babe Didrikson Zaharias claimed her third Women’s Open in 1954 while Hollis Stacy also won her third in 1984. Salem also hosted the 1932 U.S. Women’s Amateur (won by Virginia Van Wie) and 1977 U.S. Senior Amateur (won by Dale Morey).

Gene Sauers, the defending champion, and 11 other Senior Open champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Allen Doyle (2005, 2006), Dave Eichelberger (1999), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Jeff Maggert (2015), Colin Montgomerie (2014), and Kenny Perry (2013).

There are five U.S. Open champions among the 83 exempt players. They are: three-time champion Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990), two-time champion Lee Janzen (1993, 1998), Tom Kite (1992), Corey Pavin (1995) and Tom Watson (1982). There are also nine U.S. Open runners-up entered. They are: Nick Faldo (1988), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2000), Tom Lehman (1996), Rocco Mediate (2008), Colin Montgomerie (1994, 1997, 2006), Loren Roberts (1994), Jeff Sluman (1992), Watson (1983, 1987) and Ian Woosnam (1989).

For the seventh consecutive year, only online entries were accepted, beginning on March 8. Andy Santor, a 52-year-old professional from Youngstown, Ohio, submitted his entry two minutes and 17 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on May 10. Doug Clapp, a 49-year-old amateur (will turn 50 on May 28) from Walpole, Mass., was the first entrant.

The list of the 83 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2017 U.S. Senior Open (as of May 10):

Michael Allen
Stephen Ames
Billy Andrade
Tommy Armour III
Magnus Atlevi
Woody Austin
Andre Bossert
Paul Broadhurst
Olin Browne
Bart Bryant
Brad Bryant
Tom Byrum
Mark Calcavecchia
Roger Chapman
John Cook
Fred Couples
John Daly
Marco Dawson
Allen Doyle
Scott Dunlap
Joe Durant
Dave Eichelberger
Bob Estes
Nick Faldo
Steve Flesch
Peter Fowler
Carlos Franco
David Frost
Doug Garwood
Philip Golding
Mike Goodes
Paul Goydos
Jay Haas
Scott Hoch
John Huston
Kohki Idoki
Hale Irwin
Peter Jacobsen
Lee Janzen
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Brandt Jobe
Jerry Kelly
Tom Kite
Barry Lane
Bernhard Langer
Tom Lehman
Steve Lowery
a-Chip Lutz
Jeff Maggert
Prayad Marksaeng
Billy Mayfair
Scott McCarron
a-Michael McCoy
Rocco Mediate
Colin Montgomerie
Gil Morgan
Jose Maria Olazabal
Mark O’Meara
Jesper Parnevik
Corey Pavin
Tom Pernice Jr.
Kenny Perry
Loren Roberts
a-Dave Ryan
Takeshi Sakiyama
Gene Sauers
Wes Short Jr.
Joey Sindelar
Vijay Singh
Jeff Sluman
Jerry Smith
Steve Stricker
a-Matthew Sughrue
Kevin Sutherland
Esteban Toledo
David Toms
Kirk Triplett
Bob Tway
Scott Verplank
Duffy Waldorf
Tom Watson
Mark Wiebe
Ian Woosnam

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John Daly tees off from the 17th tee during the third round of the Insperity Invitational golf tournament on Sunday, May 7, in The Woodlands, Texas.

By BILL BROTHERTON

The chances of John Daly competing in the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody June 26-July 2 increased mightily yesterday, as the fan favorite won his first PGA Tour Champions title, a one-stroke victory in the Insperity Invitational in Texas.

The victory moved Daly up to 8th place of the Champions Tour money list. The win gives Daly an automatic exemption to the Senior Open.

The 51-year-old Daly had not won on tour since the PGA Tour’s 2004 Buick Invitational. He hasn’t exactly torn up the 50-and-over circuit since debuting at The Woodlands a year ago.

Wearing American flag pants, Daly shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 14-under 202 and earned $322,500. He opened with rounds of 68 and 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry into the final round.

Perry and Tommy Armour III tied for second. Perry had a 69, and Armour shot 67.

Daly eagled the par-5 first, and appeared to be cruising to victory, up to 17 under through the 15th hole to lead by two shots. Poor tee shots on the final three holes led to mistakes that Perry and Armour could not take advantage of in trying to chase down Daly.

As Daly walked up the 18th green, he knelt and kissed the large, colorful umbrella printed on the fairway to honor the late Arnold Palmer.

When Daly tapped in the winning putt, he pumped his fist. Moments later friends and colleagues including players Esteban Toledo and Michael Allen ran out to spray their pal with champagne. Daly closed his eyes, leaned back and soaked it all in.

“A win is a win, man,” he said. “And I didn’t think it would come this soon.”

The two-time major champion becomes the 12th member of the senior tour to record a win on all three PGA Tour circuits.

“Now, I can say I’m a champion on the Champions Tour, which is really cool,” Daly said. “Hopefully, I can keep this confidence going.”

For tickets to the U.S. Senior Open at Salem CC, go to http://2017ussenioropen.com/

 

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Officials from the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association, recently announced that Tom Watson, an eight-time major professional champion, and defending champion Gene Sauers have filed entries as exempt players. Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Olin Browne, Roger Chapman, Peter Jacobsen, Jeff Maggert, Colin Montgomerie and Kenny Perry are also fully exempt as U.S. Senior Open champions and have entered this year’s championship.

The 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship will be held at Salem Country Club, in Peabody June 26-July 2.

Watson, pictured above, a three-time U.S. Senior Open runner-up, won the 1982 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. He also captured five Open Championships, conducted by The R&A, and two Masters Tournaments. Watson, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988, won 39 PGA Tour events. A winner of six senior major professional titles, Watson, 67, tied for 16th in the 2001 U.S. Senior Open when the championship was last held at Salem Country Club.

Sauers posted a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Mayfair to win the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club, in Columbus, Ohio. He made a 5-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to earn custody of the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy. Sauers, who finished as the U.S. Senior Open runner-up in 2014, won his first PGA Tour title in New England when he defeated Blaine McCallister in a playoff to claim the 1986 Bank of Boston Classic, held at Pleasant Valley Country Club, in Sutton, Mass.

Irwin, the 1998 and 2000 U.S. Senior Open champion, also returns to Salem Country Club for a second Senior Open. He tied for 11th in 2001 as the defending champion. Irwin, 71, will be making his 22nd Senior Open appearance and is fourth all-time in that category. He is one of six players to have won three or more U.S. Opens, capturing the championship in 1974, 1979 and 1990. Irwin was enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.

Langer, the 2010 U.S. Senior champion, and Irwin are tied for second on the all-time list with seven senior major professional titles. Langer, who also is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, owns 30 PGA Tour Champions victories. He won the Masters Tournament in 1985 and 1993 and posted 42 PGA European Tour wins.

Tickets can be purchased through the U.S. Senior Open website at www.2017ussenioropen.com or by calling 978-818-6006. A daily championship round gallery ticket is $50 and a weekly gallery ticket is $125. The championship provides free admission to all youths 17 and under who are accompanied by a ticketed adult. The front row of every grandstand is reserved for children. All ticket holders receive complimentary parking with shuttle service to the championship.

The 38th U.S. Senior Open to be held June 26-July 2, 2017 at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass., will feature a field of 156 of the world’s best professional and amateur senior golfers (over the age of 50). The local qualifying round will be held at Kernwood Country Club in Peabody on May 24.

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Bill Leone about to use the putting green at Gannon.

Bill Leone about to use the putting green at Gannon.

 

Tuesday’s sunny skies and warm (80 degrees) temperatures brought out a large group of golfers at Gannon Golf Club in Lynn. Here are a few shots of those having fun, courtesy of photographer Owen O’Rourke.

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The Massachusetts Golf Association 2017 championship schedule begins May 9 and 10 on the North Shore, at Haverhill Country Club, above, and Renaissance. Entry deadline is Thursday, April 13.

The Massachusetts Golf Association 2017 championship schedule begins May 9 and 10 on the North Shore, at Haverhill Country Club, above, and Renaissance. Entry deadline is Thursday, April 13.

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By BILL BROTHERTON

Golfers should be in the best of moods. CBS is providing exhaustive coverage of the self-important Masters golf championship this weekend. FOX-25 meteorologist/fox Shiri Spear predicts a rain-free four days, with temperatures in the 70s on Monday and Tuesday, delighting linksmen/women who are polishing their shoes and rescuing their clubs from the garage. Grass on some local courses is starting to turn green.

But golfers are grumpier than usual. All anyone is talking about is how the buffoons at the Ladies Professional Golf Association robbed Lexi Thompson of a championship last weekend.

To recap: At the ANA Inspiration tournament in California last Sunday, Thompson was assessed a 2-stroke penalty for improperly marking her ball the day before, then another 2 strokes for signing an incorrect scorecard. Thompson marked a 1-foot putt with a coin on the 17th green during her third round, but she replaced the ball one-half inch out of position.

The absurd part: A TV viewer alerted the LPGA by email. Not an official. A TV viewer. By email.

Even worse: Thompson had already played 12 holes of her final round when an LPGA rules official approached her on the course and informed her of the penalties, which erased a three-shot lead. She somehow qualified for a playoff, but lost on the first extra hole to So Yeon Ryu.

You might recall that Dustin Johnson was given a one-stroke penalty in last year’s US Open because some clown watching on TV pointed out that the world’s No. 1 player’s ball had moved on the fifth green before he putted. Johnson still won by two strokes.

And officials wonder why golf viewership is plummeting. The absence of Tiger Woods might have something to do with it, but boneheaded decisions like this certainly play a role. It seems everybody’s a referee now.

Woods immediately came to Thompson’s defense on Twitter. Tiger’s tweet: Viewers at home should not be officials wearing stripes.

Jack Nicklaus, Phil Michelson, Ricky Fowler … nearly every pro, male and female, rallied to Lexi’s defense, even though the video clearly shows she mismarked her ball. Once a scorecard is signed, that should be it.

Even LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said the controversial penalty had reduced him to tears. “It’s a great example of something that’s 100 percent right by the rules and feels 100 percent wrong on all functions,” said Whan.”The penalty in this case doesn’t fit the crime and it drives me crazy.”

NBC golf analyst Dan Hicks got in a hot lick: “Another embarrassing day for golf and rules which just don’t make any common sense.” And cohort Jimmy Roberts added “This whole rules debacle is so bad for golf. Just makes the establishment look like a bunch of over-officious fools.”

My take: the Russians are behind it. Remember, the email-sender has not been identified. An official CIA investigation will find that Vlad Putin was sitting in his Barcalounger, watching women’s golf and sipping his sixth Mikhail’s Hard Lemonade. For some reason, he was rooting against Lexi Thompson, who those of us who watched her at the 2010 Curtis Cup at Essex CC in Manchester-by-the-Sea know is a lovely young lady. Under the influence of the sickeningly sweet alcoholic beverage, he decided to cause trouble. He probably texted his Minister of Nastiness to hack into the LPGA site and cause trouble.

I bet Putin’s behind that April the Giraffe mess, too. Just wait, she’s not pregnant; she’s two months overdue for heaven’s sake. The webcam’s probably some twisted social experiment to see how long people will watch a “pregnant” giraffe. Eventually, viewers will turn away.

That will happen to professional golf, too, if dumb decisions like this continue.

Bill Brotherton is editor of North Shore Golf magazine. Reach him at bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com.

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The United States Golf Association announced minutes ago that Ray Bourque, who retired as the most prolific scoring defenseman in National Hockey League history and was a longtime Boston Bruins captain, has been named honorary chairman of the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship, which will be conducted June 29-July 2 at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass.

Bourque, who played 20-plus seasons for the Bruins and led the franchise to a pair of Stanley Cup Finals appearances, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman five times and finished second to Mark Messier in 1990 for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. He finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, winning his lone Stanley Cup in his final game. Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility.

“Being named honorary chairman of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open is a thrill for me,” said Bourque, who received the 2003 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. “I’ve been playing golf most of my life and have been a member at Salem Country Club for 25 years. Every round there is special. I love the game and its traditions and I’m looking forward to helping with the championship and being associated with the very best senior players in the world.

“I’ve worked with kids my whole career and one of the great benefits of this event is kids 17 years old and under get in free with a ticketed adult. That’s an opportunity for a lot of young people to see some of the top golfers in the history of the game on one of the best Donald Ross courses up close and in person.”

Bourque annually hosts a celebrity golf tournament to raise funds for the Celebrities for Charity Foundation, which he co-founded with former teammate Cleon Daskalakis 20 years ago. One of the most honored players in hockey history, Bourque won the 1980 Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie and the 1992 King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian efforts. He was chosen as an NHL All-Star 19 times, including 13 first-team selections, and was voted All-Star Game MVP in 1996.

“Ray Bourque is one of hockey’s greatest players and his name is synonymous with the Boston Bruins and sports in New England,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “He has also served the game of golf, been active with charities in his community and will be a respected ambassador of this year’s U.S. Senior Open.”

Bourque, who was born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, and was selected eighth overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins, collected 410 goals and 1,169 assists for 1,579 points in 1,612 regular-season games. His assists total is fourth all-time behind Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis and Messier. Bourque’s five Norris Trophies rank behind only fellow Bruins’ legend Bobby Orr (8), Nicklas Lidstrom (7) and Doug Harvey (7).

Bourque was the longest-serving captain of the Bruins, a 12-year span. From his spot on the Boston blueline, he led the franchise to two conference titles, five division crowns, and one President’s Trophy for most points in a season. In 214 NHL playoff games, Bourque accounted for 180 points, with 41 goals and 139 assists. His jersey number, 77, was retired by both the Bruins and the Avalanche.

“In addition to being a hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Bourque is a valued member of Salem Country Club and is extraordinarily generous with his time and talents, which he shares with numerous North Shore charities,” said William H. Sheehan III, general chairman of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open. “Ray will be active in the lead-up to the Senior Open, which includes hosting a junior clinic during championship week. We look forward to working closely with Ray as the club prepares to welcome the golf world to Salem Country Club in just a few short months.”

In his role as honorary chairman, Bourque, 56, will support the sixth USGA championship to be held at Salem Country Club. The course was the site of the 2001 U.S. Senior Open, when Bruce Fleisher defeated Gil Morgan and Isao Aoki by one stroke. Fleisher, runner-up in the previous year’s Senior Open to Hale Irwin, shot a final-round 68 that included 12 consecutive pars to finish the championship at even-par 280. During the final nine holes of the championship, five other players, including Aoki and two-time Senior Open champion Jack Nicklaus, were tied for the lead.

The U.S. Senior Open Championship for golfers age 50 and older is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. The 2018 championship is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at the Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2019, Warren Golf Course on the campus on the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Ind., will host from June 27-30.

U.S. Senior Open tickets are available online at www.usga.org/senioropen. Trophy Club, practice-round and championship-round tickets are available on a daily and weekly basis. Youths 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

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