Scioto Country celebrated 100 years while hosting championship

By Caroline Favret, ’18

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 12.04.43 PM

The prestigious U.S. Senior Open returned to the Scioto Country Club on Aug. 8, drawing crowds of golf fanatics and Ohio residents for the seven-day event.

The club’s 100th anniversary was celebrated alongside the tournament, making the location all the more signi cant. Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus honed his skills at the club and helped renovate the Donald Ross designed course in 2008.

Although Nicklaus did not compete this year with the 156 men who qualified, he served as Honorary Chair. Notable golfers Fred Couples, John Daly and Tom Watson were among those who competed.

Junior Andrew Hayek was particularly excited to see Vijay Singh.

“For years I watched him on TV with my dad, but now that the Open is at Scioto, close to home, I nally get to live out my childhood dream and go see him in person,” Hayek said.

Free admission was included for those under 17 if they came with a ticketed adult, attracting many local students.