Matt Sawicki, the USGA director of championships, speaks about the upcoming for  US Senior Open to be held at the Salem Country Club. Mark Lorenz/Lynn Item

By BILL BROTHERTON

Matt Sawicki, director of championships for the United States Golf Association, says he spends about 180 days a year on golf courses. “Recently I spent five weeks in a row on courses and I didn’t hit a single golf shot,” said the St. Louis native. “I play five to 10 times a year, and my 10 handicap reflects that. … though it’s a trending-up 10.”

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“The players, they
love to come to this
area. A lot of them
bring their families
for the week.”
~ Andrea Bruno
“The players, they love to come to this area. A lot of them bring their families for the week.” ~ Andrea Bruno 

By BILL BROTHERTON

The art of hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.

Andrea Bruno, Salem Country Club’s executive committee division chair of the Hospitality Committee for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open, says it’s the perfect job for her. And it’s easy to see why, after sitting in the clubhouse and chatting for a bit with the affable Lynnfield resident. She’s having a blast, and the hip surgery she had 2½ months prior hasn’t slowed her down one bit.

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The New England Professional Golfers Association has announced that Ed Carbone, the executive director of the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club June 26 to July 2, and Jim Lane, the retired head PGA professional at Winchester Country Club, are major award winners for 2017.

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PEABODY – Junior volunteer registration for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association, is now open. Salem Country Club will host the 38th U.S. Senior Open,from June 26-July 2.

More than 200 junior volunteers are needed to fill standard bearer and program sales positions.

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Matt Sawicki, the USGA director of championships, speaks about the upcoming for  US Senior Open to be held at the Salem Country Club. Mark Lorenz/Lynn Item

PHOTO BY MARK LORENZ

Matt Sawicki, director of championships for the United States Golf Association, met with U.S. Senior Open managers at Salem Country Club on Wednesday and Thursday.

By BILL BROTHERTON

PEABODY – The U.S. Senior Open doesn’t arrive at Salem Country Club until late June, but Matt Sawicki, director of championships for the United States Golf Association, and his team have been planning the event for some three years. Those efforts are heating up in advance of the June 26-July 2 championship, the crown jewel of the Senior circuit.

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The 18th Green (Championship 8) with the Salem Country Club Clubhouse overlooking it.

BY BILL BROTHERTON 

We all know that Salem Country Club is one of Donald Ross’ greatest achievements and one of the finest golf courses in the world. So when hall of fame golfer-turned NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller opined during the 2001 Senior Open broadcast that all of Salem’s greens had become copycat circles, it raised more than a few eyebrows.

When the 38th U.S. Senior Open returns to Salem CC June 26-July 2, it’ll be evident that the greens have been reshaped and expanded to Ross’ original design. In fact, the entire course has been restored to its 1925 layout.

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The signs that mark the entrance to Salem CC.

Still waiting for your buddy to invite you to play Salem Country Club? Your only chance to walk the course inside the ropes might be by volunteering during the U.S. Senior Open Championship, June 26 – July 2.

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Salem Country Club Clubhouse overlooking the 18th green. | Photo: Spenser Hasak

Tickets for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open, which will be played June 26 –July 2 at Salem Country Club, are now on sale.

The Open is the sixth national championship to be played at Salem, which underwent a significant restoration in the fall of 2015, restoring the course to its original 1925 Donald Ross design.

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