Wisconsin Natives Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly Lead Early Entries for 43rd U.S. Senior Open Championship at SentryWorld


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (April 17, 2023) – Officials from the 43rd U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), today announced that Wisconsin natives Steve Stricker, the 2019 champion, and Jerry Kelly, a two-time runner-up, have filed entries as exempt players. The 2023 U.S. Senior Open will be contested at SentryWorld, in Stevens Point, Wis., from June 27-July 2.

Stricker, a Madison resident who is originally from Edgerton, posted a record-tying six-stroke victory in 2019 at Notre Dame’s Warren Course. He also carded a final-round 65 last year at Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course, in Bethlehem, Pa., to come up one stroke shy of champion Padraig Harrington. Stricker, 56, has captured 12 PGA Tour and 12 PGA Tour Champions titles, and captained the U.S. to victory in the 2021 Ryder Cup Matches in his home state (Whistling Straits). Stricker, a veteran of 22 U.S. Opens, won the 1984 Wisconsin state high school championship at SentryWorld and has claimed five Wisconsin State Opens.

Kelly, 56, of Madison, has tied for second in two U.S. Senior Opens and owns four top-10 finishes in five starts. He was runner-up at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs in 2018 and to Stricker at Notre Dame in 2019. Kelly has recorded 11 PGA Tour Champions victories, including a pair of Bridgestone Senior Players titles in 2020 and 2022. A three-time PGA Tour winner, Kelly has competed in 10 U.S. Opens and captured the 1992 Wisconsin State Open.

Additionally, Stricker joins a list of five U.S. Senior Open champions who have recently filed entries. The list includes Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Jeff Maggert (2015) and David Toms (2018). The U.S. Senior Open Championship (ussenioropen.com) is for golfers age 50 and older and is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4.

Those champions who were previously announced as having entered are: Fred Funk (2009), Bernhard Langer (2010), Olin Browne (2011), Kenny Perry (2013, 2017), Colin Montgomerie (2014), Gene Sauers (2016), Jim Furyk (2021) and Harrington (2022).

Ticket information can be found at LINK. A daily championship gallery ticket is $50 and a weekly gallery ticket is $165. Hospitality experiences include PJ’s Champions Club and Experience WI (Wisconsin).

The championship provides free admission to all youths 17 and under who are accompanied by a ticketed adult. All ticket holders receive complimentary parking with shuttle service to the championship.

SentryWorld, a public, parkland course in central Wisconsin, was developed by Sentry Insurance in 1982 as part of a sports complex that includes indoor tennis courts, banquet space and restaurants. At the heart of the 200-acre property lies the championship layout, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. In 2013, Jones oversaw a major renovation that was led by architects Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi. The facility has hosted two previous USGA championships: the 1986 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links won by Cindy Schreyer and the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior won by current Stanford golfer Lei Ye.

About the U.S. Senior Open

The 43rd U.S. Senior Open, conducted by the United States Golf Association, will be held June 27-July 2, 2023, at SentryWorld, in Stevens Point, Wis., and will feature a field of 156 of the world’s best professional and amateur senior golfers (over the age of 50). Players who are eligible to compete include Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Padraig Harrington, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen, Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker. This U.S. Senior Open will be the third USGA championship held at SentryWorld. NBCUniversal will provide live broadcast coverage of all four rounds of the championship.

About the USGA

The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.


About Author

Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native who has been the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine since 2006. Besides being an avid golfer, Glen enjoys traveling, music, and cheering on the finest professional sports team of all-time, the Green Bay Packers. Glen’s ultimate golf goal is to play in all fifty states and currently he is more than half way there. His other dream, albeit far-fetched, it to record an ace in all seven states of our distribution area. Thanks to an ace in Illinois in 2015, and one in Michigan in 2016, he has three down, four to go!

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