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May 11, 2013

Edmond's a special place for golf

2014 U.S. Senior Open coming to town

EDMOND — From youth golf, to the collegiate level, to the professionals playing out of Oak Tree National, golf in Edmond is pretty special.

And, what a way to boost the level of golf in Edmond — if possible — by bringing in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open to Oak Tree National next summer.

On Thursday at Oak Tree, the USGA had a press conference announcing the championship will be contested in Edmond at Oak Tree National.

“It’s (the state of golf) terrific here in Edmond,” said senior professional Willie Wood, one of the current touring pros consisting of the “Oak Tree Gang” stated. “Memorial (high school) has always been good and Santa Fe has good teams. Edmond North just won its ninth straight state championship.”

Of course, Wood’s son, Hayden, was on the North squad that captured the ninth consecutive state crown at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater on May 7. Hayden shot a 6-under 66 to help the Huskies pull away from the pack in the middle round.

This year’s U.S. Senior Open will take place at the Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Neb.

Featured players expected to play at Oak Tree from July 7-13, 2014, include the “Oak Tree Gang’s” Wood, Bob Tway, Gil Morgan and Scott Verplank, who will be eligble by turning 50 the Wednesday before the tournament is to start. Other standouts include Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara, Fred Funk, Nick Price, Colin Montgomerie, Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia, Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin among others.

The field will consist of 156 professionals and amateurs older than the age of 50.

“This is known as a championship venue throughout the country,” said Tim Flaherty, senior director at the United States Golf Association. “Oak Tree is all about golf. I don’t see any tennis courts or any swimming pools. It’s all about golf and that’s why we’re here.

“The people of Oklahoma will see the best players in the world.”

In addition to Wood’s son being part of an Edmond North state championship team, Tway’s son, Kevin, also hoisted the state title trophy as a Husky.

“A lot of great young players keep coming out of Edmond,” Wood added. “Robert Streb has just got his PGA card. It gets better all the time.

“When I go out across the country people are always asking: ‘What’s so special about Edmond?’”

With the 2014 U.S. Senior Open coming next summer, people will see.

Volunteers are needed for the Open tournament at Oak Tree National. For more information, log on to www.2014ussenioropen.com.

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