Ameritech Senior Open (Champions Tour) Golf Tournament

The Ameritech Senior Open (called the SBC Senior Open its last few years) was a pro golf tournament on the Champions Tour, the men's senior tour in the U.S. It was played in the Midwest, taking place over the years in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. It was scheduled for 54 holes.

First played: 1989

Last played: 2002

Hale Irwin's win in 1995 was his very first on the Champions Tour. Irwin won it two more times after that, for a tournament-record three wins. The 195 that Irwin won with in 1995 stands as the tournament record. Irwin nearly won a fourth, but lost to Bob Gilder in a playoff in 2002.

Jim Dent also got his first senior circuit win in this tournament, in 1999. ... John Paul Cain won the 1994 Ameritech Senior Open after getting into the field as a sponsor exemption. ... In the 1995 tournament, 69-year-old Joe Jimenez had a course-record 62, at the time the lowest score ever shot on the Champions Tour by a 60-or-over golfer.

In the first edition, in 1989, Terry Dill made a score of 16 on a par-4 hole during the first round, setting a Champions Tour record for highest single-hole score.

Also known as: It was called the Ameritech Senior Open from 1989-99; and the SBC Senior Open its final three years, 2000-02.

Winners of the Ameritech Senior Open

1989 — Bruce Crampton, 205
1990 — Chi Chi Rodriguez, 203
1991 — Mike Hill, 200
1992 — Dale Douglass, 201
1993 — George Archer, 133 (weather shortened)
1994 — John Paul Cain, 202
1995 — Hale Irwin, 195
1996 — Walter Morgan, 205
1997 — Gil Morgan, 210
1998 — Hale Irwin, 201
1999 — Hale Irwin, 206
2000 — Tom Kite, 207
2001 — Dana Quigley, 200
2002 — Bob Gilder, 204 (defeated Irwin in playoff)

Golf courses: The tournament moved around a bit, played at five courses over its history. Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, was the inaugural site, but it moved to Grand Travese Resort & Spa in Acme, Michigan, in 1990. In 1991, it was on the move again, to Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Illinois, where it remained through 1995. From 1996-2001 the site was Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Long Grove, Illinois; and, for its final year, it was played in Chicago at Harborside International Golf Center.

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