Former GJ resident Scott Sullivan playing in U.S. Senior Open
Scott Sullivan is getting the chance to find out how he stacks up against the professionals on the golf course.
The 52-year-old former Grand Junction resident isn’t playing in a pro-am event or trying his hand at a longest drive contest; he is playing in the U.S. Senior Open.
Sullivan tees off today at 10:30 a.m. at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
“I’m going to go out there and do my best to compete,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan is one of 29 amateurs competing in the field, which includes such notable professional golfers as Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin and Fred Couples.
Sullivan recently moved to Olathe, Kan., for business, but still has a home in Grand Junction and said he intends to move back.
The move to Kansas was important for Sullivan’s golf career.
Sullivan qualified for the U.S. Senior Open by shooting a 1-under-par 69 on June 30 at the Sectional Qualifying at Indian Hills Golf Course in Mission Hills, Kan.
“I played really solid,” Sullivan said. “I’ve tried to qualify the past two years and missed it by two strokes one year and four strokes the next.”
Sullivan said he’s had the goal of qualifying for a USGA event for the past 15 years.
Despite his achievment, Sullivan said he still plans to leave his mark in Washington.
“I would like to see if I could make the cut,” Sullivan said. “I’d also like to be the low amateur.”
If Sullivan were to make the cut, he’d automatically qualify for next year’s U.S. Senior Open.
Playing against good golfers is nothing new for Sullivan, who grew up in Southern California playing with the likes of O’Meara and Pavin.
Sullivan played collegiate golf at Citrus College in Calif., then moved on to San Diego State.
After college, Sullivan moved away from competitive golf to focus on his family and his career as a CPA.
Sullivan moved to Grand Junction in the early 1990s, and it was the desire of his son, Kyle, to golf that helped Sullivan get back into the sport.
“My son got into golf, and was a very successful junior and college golfer,” Sulllivan said. “I spent a lot of time with him, and I got to be where I could compete myself at a pretty good level, and had some success here and there. I wanted to try and qualify for the USGA.”
Taking on a field of 156 players, including some of the most decorated professional golfers ever, will be a tough challenge for Sullivan.
He feels his length off the tee will keep him competitive.
“I drive the ball pretty well, and that’s critical on U.S. Open courses,” Sullivan said. “I’m a good ball striker, so it will come down to how well I chip and putt.”