As the U.S. Open swings through Chambers Bay this week, Brent Cohen, General Manager of nearby Canterwood Golf & Country Club in Canterwood, Washington, was treated to a pretty unique experience. Thanks to two Canterwood Members, Cohen and Head Golf Pro Dale Davis were invited to serve as first tee starters during a practice round. Member Larry Gilhuly is a USGA agronomist and has worked on the Chambers Bay course for several years, and Member Danny Sink is the Championship Director for the U.S. Open — and because of them, Cohen and Davis found themselves standing next to some of golf's brightest names as they teed off for a practice round. And to add to the fun, one of the golfers lining up to tee off at his very first U.S. Open was Kevin Lucas, a former Employee Partner who is now playing professionally. Ironically enough, Cohen hired Lucas, who was still in high school at the time, as an outside services attendant at Empire Ranch in Sacramento. After playing at the University of Nevada-Reno, Lucas took a turn playing through the mini-tours, including the Golden State Tour, where he collected wins. On June 11th, Kevin shot 68-66 to win his Sectional Qualifier, earning a place in the field at Chambers Bay. "It was a blast from the past to not only see him," Cohen says proudly. "But to get to announce his name on the first tee at his first U.S. Open was really something special." A Magic Moment, indeed.
Serena Williams handled her task of defeating Victoria Azarenka on Sunday, making it her 17th Grand Slam Title and fifth U.S. Open title. These stats are only matched by one other person; Roger Federer.
Williams won in three straight sets: 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. It was a long, hard-fought battle between the two tennis stars, lasting 2 hours, 45 minutes as Williams (31) became the oldest woman to win the Open. This also marks the longest women's singles Open final since 1980 when the time started to be recorded.
Following her loss, Azarenka had encouraging words for the victor, “I think it’s incredible what she’s achieving. She’s playing definitely her best tennis right now. That’s just really exciting for me to be able to compete against that type of player who can be the greatest of all-time.’’
Serena won her first open back in 1999, making her the first player in tennis history to win a U.S. Open 14 years after winning their first.