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Future US Senior Open sites confirmed

Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., which previously was the host site for the 1965 U.S. Open,and Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., have been selected as future sites for the U.S. Senior Open, the United States Golf Association announced today.

Bellerive will host the 2004 U.S. Senior Open, while Plainfield will host the championship in 2005.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Bellerive also has been the host or co-host for two other USGA championships -- the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1981 and the 1999 Mid-Amateur.

Gary Player won the 1965 U.S. Open title in a playoff by a shooting 71 to Kel Nagle's 74 after both players finished 72 holes at 2-over 282.

Bellerive also hosted the 1992 PGA Championship won by Nick Price.

The 2005 Senior Open will be the third USGA national championship to be held at Plainfield. Designed by Donald Ross, Plainfield had previously hosted the 1978 U.S. Amateur won by John Cook and the 1987 U.S. Women's Open won by Laura Davies.

"Plainfield Country Club is honored by have been selected by the USGA to host the 2005 U.S. Senior Open," said Frank O'Brien, club president."Our great golf course and our enthusiastic membership will rise to the occasion and make the 2005 Senior Open a most memorable event."

It will be the second Senior Open to be held in New Jersey.In 1990, Lee Trevino outdueled Jack Nicklaus for a two-stroke victory at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

Prior to 2004, the U.S. Senior Open will be played from June 29-July 2, 2000 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., from June 28-July 1, 2001 at Salem (Mass.) Country Club, in 2002 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., and in 2003 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.