PC Basketball Coach Cooley Named Honorary Chairman of 2020 U.S. Senior Open in Newport
“I am very honored to represent the state of Rhode Island and Providence College as an honorary chairman of the 2020 U.S. Senior Open. As a native of Providence and someone who has great enthusiasm for the game of golf, I am confident that the Ocean State and the entire New England region will support this national championship,” said Cooley.
Cooley joins former New England Patriot Rodney Harrison as the honorary chairmen of the tournament.
“Coach Cooley and I not only have a passion for golf but for competitive athletics and all the great things that can be learned through sports. It is an honor to help support this championship. I know New England’s golf fans will join me in welcoming the game’s greatest senior players to Newport,” said Harrison.
The tournament will be held from June 25 to June 28.
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Cooley is in his ninth season at Providence and has led the program to five NCAA Tournament and two NIT Tournament berths in eight years.
The Friars, who won the 2014 Big East Conference tournament, have advanced to seven consecutive postseasons for the first time since earning eight straight postseason berths from 1971-78.
Providence had qualified for just one NCAA Tournament in the 10 years before Cooley was hired.
This season, the Friars are 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the Big East.
PC returns to action on Wednesday night when they host St. John’s at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
This past summer, Cooley served as the head coach of Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
U.S. Senior Open at Newport
This will be the fifth USGA championship held at Newport Country Club, a total that includes the first-ever U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open Championships in 1895.
Newport also hosted the 100th U.S. Amateur in 1995, the second of three consecutive victories in that championship by Tiger Woods.
The U.S. Senior Open Championship, for golfers age 50 and older, is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.
Players who are eligible to compete include defending champion Steve Stricker, Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Davis Love III, Ernie Els, and Jim Furyk.