Perry overcame a 10-stroke deficit over the final 36 holes to claim his first USGA championship, fulfilling a lifetime dream with the largest comeback in U.S. Senior Open history. Perry had twice lost in a playoff in major championships on the PGA Tour.
“It’s probably my greatest win. When you win your National [Senior] Open, I mean, that’s what we all strive for,” said Perry, 52, after his victory at Omaha Country Club last July. “I’m very proud of that trophy. I think it’s probably the greatest trophy I’ve won.”
Along with the thousands of casual or avid golf fans who visit the Museum annually, the occasional USGA champion stops by to admire their name etched in history.
“We have to make sure to get every detail right, because we have a lot of golfers who stop by, and they always like to take their picture in front of the plaques,” said Rob Alvarez, collections archivist for the USGA Museum. “That’s always a big draw.”
Among recent visitors to the USGA Museum were JoAnne
Gunderson Carner, who has eight USGA victories, the most of any female player
(1956 Girls’ Junior; 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968 Women’s Amateur; 1971, 1976
Women’s Open), So Yeon Ryu (2011 U.S. Women’s Open), Lucas Glover (2009 U.S.
Open), Morgan Pressel (2005 Women’s Amateur), Wendy Ward (1994 U.S. Women’s
Amateur) and Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1991, 1993, 1994 Women’s Mid-Amateur).
“It’s a tremendous honor to be on this wall,” said
Pressel when she visited in 2012. “You could spend a day, just in this room,
looking at all the amazing champions of the past.”
“I’m very humbled to see all the names grouped together
by year,” said Ward. “To be in the company of [fellow 1994 champions] Patty
Sheehan, Tiger Woods… then you look further back, all the way to 1895 – fantastic.”
The 2013 champions are Rose, Park, Perry, Lauren Diaz-Yi
(Women’s Amateur Public Links), Jordan Niebrugge (Amateur Public Links),
Gabriella Then (Girls’ Junior), Scottie Scheffler (Junior Amateur), Emma Talley
(Women’s Amateur), Matthew Fitzpatrick (U.S. Amateur), Julia Potter (Women’s
Mid-Amateur), Michael McCoy (Mid-Amateur), Doug Hanzel (Senior Amateur) and
Port (Senior Women’s Amateur).
Park had her name etched for the third time, as she won
the 2002 Girls’ Junior and 2008 Women’s Open. Port’s list of victories also includes
the 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2011 Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and the 2012 Senior Women’s
The USGA Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5
p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for USGA Members and $3.50 for youths ages
13-17. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The group rate is $5 per
Flyntz is an associate writer for the USGA. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.