ND Golf: 37 Days Till The U.S. Senior Open Championship

The Countdown is on! The U.S. Senior Open Championship is being played this year on the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. The course is currently being readied with hospitality tents, villas, portable restrooms, merchandise tents, and food stations. The golf course is also going through a transformation. The 18th tee is the former first tee. During the Championship, the finishing hole will include a vista of the “Golden Dome” as players finish up their play.

The USGA (United States Golf Association) currently has staff in the area working with the golf course staff to coordinate day to day operations leading up to the Championship. The Championship will be staged on the Warren Course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, which opened in 1999.

Warren Golf Course At Notre Dame

The William K. and Natalie O. Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame opened in the
fall of 1999 thanks to the generous benefaction of William K. Warren, Jr., ND
class of 1956.  Named in honor of his parents, the golf course perfectly links
three of Bill Warren’s abiding passions – his family, golf and Notre Dame.  Mr.
Warren’s generosity has continued throughout the years since the course
opened.  He has funded a number of improvements that have helped the golf
course garner recognition as one of the top collegiate courses in the country.

This Years U.S. Senior Open Championship At Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame

History is in the making for the U.S. Senior Open Championship and Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. The U.S. Senior Open Championship has never been played on a university golf course or a public golf course. Some interesting points on the U.S. Senior Open Championship are below.

The U.S. Senior Open is a “USGA championship” not a PGA TOUR or PGA
TOUR Champions event.

More than 125,000 fans are expected to attend the U.S. Senior Open Championship throughout the week. Click here for more information on the U.S. Senior Open Championship.

Two Notre Dame greats have been named as Co-Chairman, Pro-Football Hall of Famer’s Tim Brown & Jerome Bettis.

The USGA projects an economic impact of more than $20 million to the South Bend/Elkhart region.

Growing up and watching golf on TV, I remember watching a lot of the players in the field. Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Steve
Stricker, Davis Love III, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and defending champion David Toms. The new faces into the U.S. Senior Open Championship, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, and Chris DiMarco. A full list of players will be announced in June.

The field consists of 156 professionals and amateurs. The format is 72-hole
stroke play; field will be cut to low 60 and ties following the completion of the
championship second round.

Call For Volunteers

More than 2,500 volunteers are needed to fill 23 different committees from
admissions to VIP transportation. Volunteer positions still available. Assignments will be made on a first come, first served basis.

The USGA can really use some help. I answered the initial call for volunteers late last year. I will be a course marshal on Hole 7. There is still a need for volunteers in all areas of the U.S. Senior Open Championship you can click here for more information on how to volunteer. Volunteer assignments are as follows:

Access Control:  Work in conjunction with the Corporate Hospitality Committee and the contracted security company to ensure championship guests have the proper credentials to enter various restricted areas.

Admissions/Will Call: Sell and issue daily tickets, manage Will Call function and check tickets/credentials at admissions gates. Some technology and time outside may be required.

Corporate Hospitality: Work in conjunction with the Access Control Committee and the contracted security company to ensure championship guests have the proper credentials to enter various restricted areas.

Disability Services: Provide assistance to those spectators whose physical limitations prevent them from accessing the championship course. Some on course cart driving necessary. Must be 25 years of age or older, provide a valid driver license and clean driving record. 

Golf Carts: Will manage the inventory and distribution of Championship golf carts to authorized personnel. Also, assist with any golf cart issues that arise throughout the day. 

Leaderboards: Located throughout the course, on-course leaderboards indicate players’ status and standing in the Championship. Volunteers are responsible for posting the names of the leading players and their status for the number of holes played. 

Marshals: Manages gallery movement and decorum aiding players by locating golf balls and providing security as needed.

Merchandise:  Assist with various functions inside Merchandise Pavilion such as operating cash registers and customer service. Staff “Check Tent” for spectators to leave parcels that have been purchased in Merchandise Pavilion.

On-Course Supply: Responsible for stocking coolers on the tee boxes and distributing programs and daily tee times.

Shuttles: Assist with transporting Players, USGA staff, Championship Staff and other Championship personnel to certain areas of the golf course. 

Standard Bearers (Junior Committee): Responsible for carrying a two-sided scoring standard, which is a portable status board and for posting player’s scores to keep spectators up to date on how each player stands with respect to par. If 18 and under and interested please contact: danielle@brunoeventteam.com 

Transportation: Meet players, officials and designated guests at the airport to assist them with their transportation needs.This will include driving Lexus vehicles between hotels and course for players family members, officials and designated guests. Background check required. Must be over 25 years of age and have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

USGA Stats (Lasers): Assist through the use of computer-operated laser-measuring devices to determine ball position information to record various aspects of player statistics, including but not limited to each ball’s location on a hole, drive distance and distance to the hole. May require the ability to climb ladders and operate from elevated platforms. Significant training and additional time commitments will apply. Experience and familiarity with technology, good eyesight and strong golf knowledge preferred. 

The U.S. Senior Open Championship

The U.S. Senior Open Championship Dates: June 24 – 30, 2019
o Practice Rounds: Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 26
o Championship Rounds: Thursday, June 27 – Sunday, June 30

Tickets are available online by clicking here. Youth 18 and under will be admitted free with a ticketed adult. Tickets provide complimentary general parking located adjacent to admissions.

Get out to the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame during the Championship to see some great golf and help the community at the same time.

Cheers and Go Irish! ☘🏌️‍♂️⛳⚡

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