Notebook: 32 Players Return To Sahalee July 25, 2010 By USGA

Sammamish, Wash. – A total of 32 players who participated in the 1998 PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club are in the field for the 2010 U.S. Senior Open. That list includes defending Senior Open champion Fred Funk, who finished tied for 23rd. Mark O’Meara had the best finish among the 34, tying for fourth place. Vijay Singh won the 1998 PGA Championship.

The following is the list of players and their finish (MC = missed cut):

Tommy Armour III (MC)David Ogrin (T44)
 Mark O’Meara (T4)
Phil Blackmar (MC)Joe Ozaki (T44)
Olin Browne (T62)Corey Pavin (MC)
Mark Calcavecchia (T44)  
Russ Cochran (T34)Loren Roberts (T65)
John Cook (9)Eduardo Romero (MC)
Fred Couples (T13)Scott Simpson (MC)
Ben Crenshaw (MC)Joey Sindelar (T40)
Trevor Dodds (T62)Jeff Sluman (T27)
Bob Ford (MC)Craig Stadler (T38)
David Frost (T56)Hal Sutton (T27)
Fred Funk (T23)Eddie Terasa (MC)
Jay Haas (T40)Jeff Thomsen (MC)
Tom Kite (MC)Bob Tway (T13)
Tom Lehman (T29)Tom Watson (MC)
Larry Mize (MC)Mark Wiebe (MC)

AMATEURS: Twenty-nine amateurs are playing this year with 26 making the field through qualifying.

LATE ADDITION TO FIELD: Amateur Bill Hadden of Manchester Village, Vt., has been added to the field taking the spot held from the winner of the British Senior Open (in the event a non-exempt player won). Hadden will play with Bruce Vaughan and James Mason at 8:45 a.m. on the 10th hole on Thursday and at 2 p.m. on the first hole on Friday.

NBC COVERAGE CREW: NBC and ESPN will provide television coverage of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open. The NBC crew (for weekend coverage) includes: Dan Hicks and Gary Koch (the 1970 U.S. Junior Amateur champion) in the 18th-hole tower, Mark Rolfing in the 16th-hole tower and Roger Maltbie and Dottie Pepper on the course. The ESPN coverage on Thursday and Friday (July 29-30) includes Sean McDonough, two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North and Koch in the 18th-hole tower, two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange in the 16th-hole tower and Maltbie and Pepper on the course.

FOUR STATE OF WASHINGTON PARTICIPANTS: Jerry Johnson of Ocean Shores and amateur Kevin Klier of Colbert will be the first players in competition as they tee off at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday on the first and 10th holes, respectively. Amateur Tom Brandes of Bellevue and Gary Lindeblad of Spokane are the two other players from Washington in the field.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST PARTICIPANTS: Ron Ptacek and Jeff Thomsen of Boise, Idaho, and Bob Gilder of Corvallis, Ore., are the other three Pacific Northwest players in the field.

STATE AND COUNTRY REPRESENTATION: Thirty-nine states are represented by the 156 players in the field. The USA and 10 other countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, England, Germany, Japan, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe) have players in the field.

FIRST OPEN IN WASHINGTON: The USGA conducts three Open championships – the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open. The 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee C.C. is the first Open championship in the state. Previously, 21 USGA championships have been conducted in Washington. In addition, the 2010 U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 23-29 at Chambers Bay in University Place as well as the 2015 U.S. Open.

PGA TOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD (17 champions, 30 championships):

 Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open)  
Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open)    
Fred Couples (1992 Masters)Scott Simpson (1987 U.S. Open)
Ben Crenshaw (1984 and 1995 Masters)  Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA)
Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990 U.S. Open)Craig Stadler (1982 Masters)
Tom Kite (1992 U.S. Open)Hal Sutton (1983 PGA)
Bernhard Langer (1985 and 1993 Masters)  Bob Tway (1986 PGA)  
Tom  Lehman (1996 British Open)  Tom Watson (1982 U.S. Open; 1977, 1981 Masters; 1995, 1997, 1980, 1982, 1983 British Open)
Larry Mize (1987 Masters)Fuzzy Zoeller (1979 Masters; 1984 U.S. Open)
Mark O’Meara (1998 Masters, 1998 British Open) 

CHAMPIONS TOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD (27 champions, 49 championships):
Michael Allen (2009 Senior PGA)Graham Marsh (1997 U.S. Senior Open, 1999 JELD-WEN Tradition)
Brad Bryant (2007 U.S. Senior Open)Gil Morgan (1997 and 1998 JELD-WEN Tradition; 1998 Senior Players)
Dale Douglass (1986 U.S. Senior Open)Don Pooley (2002 U.S. Senior Open)
Allen Doyle (2005 and 2006 U.S. Senior Open, 1999 Senior PGA)  Mike Reid (2005 Senior PGA; 2009 JELD-WEN Tradition)
Dave Eichelberger (1999 U.S. Senior Open)Loren Roberts (2005 JELD-WEN Tradition; 2006 Senior British Open; 2007 Senior Players)  
Bruce Fleisher (2001 U.S. Senior Open)Eduardo Romero (2008 U.S. Senior Open; 2006 JELD-WEN Tradition)
Fred Funk (2009 U.S. Senior Open)Craig Stadler (2003 Senior Players; 2004 JELD-WEN Tradition)  
Jay Haas (2006 and 2008 Senior PGA)  Bruce Vaughan (2008 Senior British Open)  
Hale Irwin (1998 and 2000 U.S. Senior Open; 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004 Senior PGA; 1999 Senior Players)  Bobby Wadkins (2006 Senior Players)
John Jacobs (2003 Senior PGA)Denis Watson (2007 Senior PGA)
Peter Jacobsen (2004 U.S. Senior Open; 2005 Senior Players)Tom Watson (2001 Senior PGA; 2003, 2005, 2007 Senior British Open; 2003 JELD-WEN Tradition)
Tom Kite (2000 JELD-WEN Tradition)D.A. Weibring (2008 Senior Players)
Bernhard Langer (2010 Senior British Open)  Fuzzy Zoeller (2002 Senior PGA)
Tom Lehman (2010 Senior PGA)   
CLINICS: Honorary chairman Fred Couples will host a clinic/exhibition geared toward juniors on the practice tee at 3 p.m. at Sahalee C.C. on Tuesday (July 27). Another clinic, hosted by D.A. Weibring, will featuring Wounded Warriors will also be conducted on the practice tee at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (July 28).

Couples, a Seattle native, will demonstrate a variety of golf shots and discuss his preparations for competing in a USGA national championship. Tom Couples, Fred’s father, worked at the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and introduced him to the game at the city-owned Jefferson Park Golf Course. Fred played on the O’Dea High School golf team and, upon graduating, was awarded a golf scholarship by the University of Houston. 

D.A Weibring will host four Wounded Warriors from the American Lake Veterans Golf Course. They will be sharing their experiences serving our country as well as discussing and displaying how the game of golf is a big part of their everyday lives. 

The American Lake Veterans Golf Course is dedicated to providing, teaching and promoting the
benefits of golf to veterans. They are committed to providing a therapeutic environment where accommodation is welcome and all golfers can enjoy the benefits of golf, such as exercise and relaxation in a positive and accepting social environment. With these benefits the vision is that through golf, veterans will increase their independence and improve their attitudes toward health.  

MILITARY FAMILY DAYS: The 2010 U.S. Senior Open and the United States Golf Association will honor the large contingent of military personnel in Washington and around the country by hosting Military Family Days during Practice Rounds, Monday, July 26 – Wednesday, July 28. All military personnel (both active and retired) and their families will receive free admission during practice rounds. In addition, individuals with a valid military ID are eligible to receive a 20% discount on all championship round tickets(Thursday, July 29 – Sunday, August 1). Discounted ticket prices for championship rounds are $36 (normally $45). Discounted Military tickets may be purchased ONLY during championship week at the Main Entrance.

FOUNDERS MUSEUM: The mission of the Founders Museum is to promote the great game of golf in the Northwest. All of the guests of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open are invited to visit the museum during Championship week, located in the Sahalee Village, next to the 18th fairway. Trophies, prints and photo exhibits are on display, telling the story of how Sahalee Country Club, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) have contributed to the rich history of golf in the Northwest. Exhibits include replicas of the Wanamaker and Ouimet Trophies and the respective trophies of the PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open. Each day a golf-based charity will participate in the Founders Museum promoting their causes and programs with the overriding theme being, Golf is a Good Thing.  Charities represented include: The First Tee, American Lake Veterans Golf Course, First Green Foundation, Evans Scholars, Special Olympics of Washington, and the PNGA Foundation.


Casey Boynsof Pacific Grove, Calif., is playing in his first U.S. Senior Open. He is a full-time caddie at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, which hosted the 2010 U.S. Open. His 19-year-old son, Christopher, will caddie for him at the Senior Open.

Thomas Brannenof Augusta, Ga., invented the Swing Extender, a popular golf training aid, and is the head professional at Augusta Country Club.

Vinny Giles of Richmond, Va., won the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur with a 1-up victory over John Grace at Beverly Country Club in Chicago, Ill., to become fully exempt for the 2010 U.S. Senior Open. He has played in eight U.S. Senior Opens, finishing as low amateur in 1993, 1996 and 1997. His best finish in the U.S. Senior Open is a tie for 35th in 1993. He won the 1972 U.S. Amateur at Charlotte (N.C.) C.C. after finishing runner-up in 1967, 1968 and 1969 and his 37 years between championship wins is the most in USGA history.

Doug Harris of Franklin,Tenn., owns and manages Sports Entertainment Group, a sports marketing company that hosts corporate outings and publishes The Gameday Program Books for NFL teams.

Steven Hudson of Birmingham, Ala., shot 69 to earn the only spot at the Jasper, Ala., sectional, qualifying for his first U.S. Senior Open. The sectional qualifier was held at Musgrove Country Club, where his dad, Travis, was a club professional. Travis played in the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980 and finished in 23rd place. 

Kenneth Lacy of Mullens, W.Va., taught PGA Tour professional J.B. Holmes and his caddie, Brandon Parsons. He conducts the Lil Lacys Junior Golf clinic, a free clinic for children ages 5 to 17 that attracts 100 youngsters each summer. He worked in golf course construction and design in the 1990s, helping build five golf courses – in Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico and the Caribbean.

Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, N.C., shot 68 at the Greensboro, N.C., sectional to qualify for his first U.S. Senior Open. The qualifier was held six weeks to the day after he underwent prostate cancer surgery and was his first competitive event since having surgery.

Mark Nickeas of Westlake Village, Calif., shot 70 and was medalist at the Somis, Calif., sectional, held at his home club of Saticoy Country Club. He played professional soccer out of high school. He was a sweeper and began his career as an apprentice with Liverpool and later played for Plymouth Argyle and Chester. He moved to the USA in 1971 and competed in the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League. Nickeas owns a company that manufactures locks for utility companies. His son, Mike, is a catcher in the New York Mets’ farm system. Mike currently plays for the AA Binghamton Mets and was recently named to the Eastern League All-Star team.

Tom Norton of Muscatine, Iowa, had his right hip replaced in 2001, helping lower his handicap from 12 to 1. He works in insurance and recently went on a mission trip to Liberia.

Ken Palladino of Dunedin, Fla., works in motion picture lighting for commercials and movies. He has worked on numerous Billy Mays infomercials and dozens of movies.

Bill Sautter of Warrington, Pa., is the golf instructor at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa. He attended Temple University, where he played on the men’s soccer team from 1974-77 and was named an honorable mention All-American selection in soccer in 1975 and a second-team All-American selection in 1976 and 1977. He played professional soccer beginning in 1978 as a member of the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League, setting a record by scoring three goals in his first four shots on goal. He also played in the United Soccer League and the American Soccer League.

James Stormont Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and at the age of 15, caddied for Carole Jo Skala in the 1973 U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Rochester, where Skala tied for 12th. He is a partner and hotel developer for Grove Street Partners, which will be opening the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Center, a 400-room hotel connected to the world’s busiest airport.

Dale Tallon of Lake Forest, Ill., was picked second overall in the 1970 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks and was a defenseman in the NHL for 10 years with the Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1971 and 1972. Tallon was hired as the general manager for the NHL’s Florida Panthers in May 2010 after serving in the Blackhawks’ front office for five years. He will have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup for having served as a senior advisor for the Blackhawks during their championship-winning season in 2010.

Pete Williams of Juno Beach, Fla., took up golf again three years ago after a 10-year layoff. Williams is a captain for United Airlines and flies mostly in Europe. He has recorded more than 19,000 flying hours.