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NORTON, Massachusetts – Two natives of Massachusetts will be among the competitors in the field when the 40th U.S. Senior Open Championship tees off at Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana on Thursday, June 27th. This will be the first U.S. Senior Open to ever be contested at a collegiate golf course.
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Kirk Hanefeld, of South Hamilton and the longtime Director of Instruction at Salem Country Club, and Fran Quinn of Holden, are included in the field of 156, which comprises of 12 former U.S. Senior Open champions. Hanefeld, who qualified for the Championship Proper by carding a 1-under 71 at the Oyster Harbors Club in late May, will be competing in his 30th career major event this week. Quinn also gained entry into the field through sectional qualifying when he fired a 4-under 67 at Worthington Hills Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.
On the year so far, the 54-year old Quinn has collected three top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour Champions, including a top-five finish at the Hoag Classic, where he finished 8-under par over three rounds. Most recently, Quinn played his last two tournaments, the Principal Charity Classic and the Mastercard Japan Championship, at a combined 10-under par. For his career, Quinn has eight professional victories, four coming from the Champions Tour, two internationally, and two regionally. Quinn is a former Massachusetts Amateur (1986) and Massachusetts Open (1990) champion, one of only eight players to win both. This will be Quinn’s inaugural debut at the U.S. Senior Open.
Hanefeld himself has a combined 16 career amateur and professional victories to boast about. Most recently, he lifted a trophy at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in 2008. Additionally, he has won two New Hampshire Amateur titles and a New Hampshire Open title in the 1970’s and 1980’s, to go along with a pair of Rhode Island Open and Maine Open victories, respectively. The 63-year old Hanefeld, a 2018 inductee into the New Hampshire Golf Hall of Fame, has made 71 career starts on the PGA Tour Champions since joining in 2006. This will be the fourth appearance in the U.S. Senior Open Championship for Hanefeld, who also competed in 2011 (41), 2007 (32) and 2006 (T26).
Thursday, June 27 (18 Holes, stroke play)
Friday, June 28 (18 Holes, stroke play)
Saturday, June 29 (18 Holes, stroke play)
Sunday, June 30 (18 Holes, stroke play)
Mass Golf will provide coverage for the Massachusetts competitors in the U.S. Senior Open Championship from June 27-30. Visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #MassGolf and #USSeniorOpen.