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Del Paso to host 2015 U.S. Senior Open Sacramento’s Del Paso Country Club has been selected by the USGA to host the 36th U.S. Senior Open Championship in 2015.


The tournament will be


the 73rd USGA national championship staged in California but the Senior Open’s fi rst visit to North- ern California.


The list of past cham-


pions of the event is distinguished, despite its relative young age. Since its inception in 1980, some of the most well-known names in golf can boast at least one championship, includ- ing Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Hale Irwin. Originally designed by


John L. Black, Del Paso CC underwent extensive $11.5 million renovations in 2006 under the direction of architect Kyle Phillips. The original setup of a par-72 course with two sets of tees measured 6,320 yards at its longest. After the redesign, fi ve sets of tees with yard-


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age ranging from 7,073 to 5,220 and a par of 71 accommodates players of all skill levels, but the new layout presents an intensely challenging test for the U.S. Senior Open fi eld. The turf was trans-


formed from all Bermuda grass to ryegrass fairways and bentgrass greens. Sand capping the course was an- other major component of the course redesign. A new state-of-the art practice facility features a multi- plicity of options includ- ing a driving range with both chipping and pitch- ing greens and dedicated greenside and fairway bunker practice areas. “What it means to the


Del Paso membership to have the opportunity to host this great event goes back to the renovation in my mind, and the commit- ment that those in charge made to taking on the endeavor of renovating the golf course,” said the club’s general manager Bob Kunz. “It’s never an easy task, but we have accomplished something really quite magnifi - cent, and as a result have rekindled our relationship with the USGA.” Tapped to host its sixth USGA national champion- ship, Del Paso CC staged its fi rst USGA event in 1957 as 18-year-old JoAnne Gunderson Carner


won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Del Paso hosted the event again in 1976. In 1964 Del Paso brought the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur to Sacramento, and most recently welcomed the 1982 U.S. Women’s Open. The notable club is the oldest private course in the Sacramento Valley and was founded in 1916 on land originally part of Ran- cho Del Paso, the byway settlers took through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Historically, Califor- nia has hosted 68 USGA national championships, ranking only behind Penn- sylvania’s 80. The state has been selected as the host of each of the 13 annual USGA events. “We are extremely


excited to host one of the most prestigious events in all of golf,” said Dan Spec- tor, a Del Paso member who will serve as chairman of the 2015 Senior Open. “We think the entire Sacramento community will embrace one of the biggest and most important sporting events to ever come to our town.” —Jessica Lantz


UPCOMING USGA EVENTS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp in Truckee 2013 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at CordeValle in San Martin 2018 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach


PHOTO: MARTIN MILLER OF MILLER BROWN


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