Prairie Dunes to Host 2006 US Senior Open

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FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The United States Golf Association announced on Friday that the 2006 U.S. Senior Open will be held at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.
 
The championship is scheduled from July 6-9.
 
'Prairie Dunes, our community and the entire state of Kansas are thrilled to be the host of the 2006 U.S. Senior Open,' said Allen Fee, the general chairman from Prairie Dunes. 'We have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the USGA and this championship certainly will build on that.'
 
Prairie Dunes will host its first U.S. Senior Open and its eighth USGA Championship. The course was the venue for the 2002 U.S. Women's Open, when Juli Inkster overtook Annika Sorenstam in the final round. Prairie Dunes also hosted the 1985 USGA Senior Amateur, the 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 1964, 1980 and 1991 U.S. Women's Amateur Championships.
 
Bruce Lietzke earned his first major title on the Champions Tour at this year's U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Club, in Toledo Ohio.
 
The U.S. Senior Open started in 1980 and is open to all golfers with a USGA Handicap Index of 3.4 or better and have turned 50 years old prior to the start of that year's championship.
 
The 2004 edition of the event will be held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis from July 29-August 1, followed by NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio in late July of 2005.