Originally created 03/03/00

St. Louis lands 2004 U.S. Senior Open



ST. LOUIS -- The 2004 U.S. Senior Open Championship will be played at Bellerive Country Club, which hasn't been host to a PGA championship since 1992.

The tournament will be played from July 29 to Aug. 1. Bellerive was the site of 1965 U.S. Open, the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 1992 PGA Championship.

Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Jay Haas and Lanny Wadkins are among the current PGA touring pros who will be eligible for the U.S. Senior Open Championship when it comes to Bellerive. Past champions include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and St. Louis native Hale Irwin.

Jerry Ritter, former chairman of the St. Louis Blues, was named general chairman of the tournament.

The Bellerive course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. It plays 7,503 yards from the back tees and is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the world.