NOTRE DAME — No tricks. Just good solid golf.
That the assessment of Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course, according to the most decorated player to compete in the United States Senior Open qualifier on Monday. Russ Cochran is currently 40th on the PGA Tour Champions money list, and one of 73 players who battled Monday at Warren for three spots up for grabs in this summer's U.S. Senior Open.
Cochran shot a one over par 71 and finished out of the top three by a single stroke.
Scott Pieri (-1), Gary March (-1) and Craig Bowden (E) earned the three spots in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open available at the qualifier.
While he'll miss the Open this summer at the Broadmoor in Colorado, Cochran finds himself more motivated than ever to qualify for the 2019 championship, after seeing the Warren Golf course firsthand.
“After playing here, I'm going to do everything I can to get back into the Top 36 or Top 30 or whatever it takes or come back and try to qualify (in 2019)," Cochran told WSBT 22 Sports after his round.
"This golf course here is really my kind of golf course."
Cochran is not alone. Many of his fellow PGA Tour Champions peers share their approval of the golf course.
"I talked to (Mark) Calcavecchia a little bit," Cochran said. "He came over and put the double stamp on it. He told me, 'Man it's gonna be a heck of an Open here.'".
Calcavecchia played Warren last week, when he was in the area for the Senior PGA Championship. Lee Janzen, Rocco Mediate and Joe Durant are among the other top players on the PGA Tour Champions to visit the course in preparations for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open.
"It's going to get rave reviews," says Cochran. "You won't hear one bad thing from the pros."