By: Cole Miller
A major golf championship is on its way to Nebraska. Omaha will welcome the U.S. Senior Open this July.
For the first time in its storied history, the Omaha Country Club will play host to the U.S. Senior Open. It's just the third time the United States Golf Association has brought a tournament to Nebraska.
"I remember walking down that first fairway and as I like to tell people, I was here for about 10 minutes and I knew we were going to come here," Senior Director of the U.S. Senior Open Tim Flaherty said.
Course officials say the last couple of years have been dedicated to making the necessary changes.
"You don't just flip the switch and get the golf course ready for a championship of this nature," USGA official Jeff Hall said.
Now, they're relying on volunteers to take it the rest of the way.
"We're oversubscribed with volunteers. We've got 2,800 volunteers. Omaha is ready," Omaha Country Club chairman Patrick Duffy said.
Come July, all eyes will be on tournament trophy and who will take it home.
USGA officials say that ticket sales are rapidly approaching the $2 million mark and that's only happened twice before. That means roughly 150,000 people will be at the course from July 8 through the 14th.
Officials promise a challenging course for players and for spectators, a front row seat to watch some of golf's best.
"It feels like the right place for a Senior Open," Hall said.
Anyone under the age of 17 can attend the tournament for free. There will also be seminars the week of the championship.