Far Hills, New Jersey, United States: John Elway, who has led the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl victories as both a player and a general manager, has been named honorary chairman of the 39th US Senior Open Championship.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) will conduct the US Senior Open on The Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course from June 28-July 1, 2018.
Elway is in his sixth season as the club’s executive vice president of football operations/general manager. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility, following a 16-year career with the Broncos from 1983-1998 that included five Super Bowl appearances, including back-to-back victories in 1997-98.
Elway became the first starting quarterback for a Super Bowl champion to also win as a general manager when the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in February.
“I’m very proud and excited to be named honorary chairman of the 2018 US Senior Open at the historic Broadmoor Golf Club,” Elway said. “The Broadmoor has been such a big part of Colorado golf history and a long-time supporter of the game.
“Personally, I’ve always enjoyed playing the East Course and have so many special memories. It’s easy to see why the resort is regarded as one of the world’s most celebrated golf destinations.
“The Broadmoor has hosted some of golf’s biggest tournaments, and it’s the perfect home for the 2018 US Senior Open. I could not be more honoured to help support this prestigious event.”
Elway, 56, a low-handicap golfer who has played in two Colorado Senior Opens and is a past president of three-time US Open host Cherry Hills Country Club, is responsible for overseeing all Bronco football operations.
He returned to the organisation in 2010 after eight years as co-owner and chief executive officer of the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush. Elway was named AFL Executive of the Year in 2003 and helped the Crush capture ArenaBowl XIX two years later.
“John Elway is one of the great athletes of his generation, an accomplished football executive and an outstanding citizen of the Rocky Mountain State,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee Chairman.
“He has also served the game of golf in various capacities and will be a tremendous ambassador for the US Senior Open at a venue that has been a respected USGA partner.”
In his honorary role, Elway will support the eighth USGA championship to be held at The Broadmoor, and the sixth on the resort’s East Course, which is set in the scenic Rocky Mountain foothills.
The course was the site of the 2008 US Senior Open, when Eduardo Romero became the second Argentinean to win the Senior Open, joining Roberto De Vicenzo, who won the inaugural championship in 1980. Romero finished at six-under-par 274 to post a four-stroke victory over Fred Funk.
The US Senior Open Championship for golfers aged 50 and older is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.
In 2017, the US Senior Open will be played from June 29-July 2 at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Massachusetts. The 2019 championship is scheduled for June 27-30 at the Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
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