Dan Russo Qualifies for 2017 U.S. Senior Open

May 25, 2017

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- New York amateur golfer Dan Russo has qualified for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open after earning the second of four sectional qualifying spots on Wednesday at Bonnie Briar Country Club in Westchester County.

The 59-year-old from Amsterdam birdied three out of his last five holes to secure his trip to Salem Country Club in Peabody, Massachusetts at the end of June. During his round, he recorded a total of seven birdies, six pars and five bogeys. His 2-under 69 left him just two strokes shy of medalist Mark McCormick of Middletown, New Jersey.

Russo is no stranger to the big stage. He qualified for the Senior Open once before in 2009 at Crooked Stick GC in Carmel, Indiana where he was unable to make the cut. He also qualified for a U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2011 and a U.S. Senior Amateur in 2015.

On the state level, you can frequently find Russo’s name on leaderboards at Men’s Amateur Championships and Amateur Four-Ball Championships. He’s had numerous top ten finishes in recent years, with the latest coming this past Monday at the 7th NYS Four-Ball Championships. Russo and his partner Jim Gifford of Schenectady, tied for second place with a combined two-round score of 10-under 134.

For full results from Wednesday’s U.S. Senior Open SQR, click here.