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Michigan golfer Jerry Gunthorpe making US Senior Open debut at 59

Last September, the heartbreak was real for Jerry Gunthorpe, who let a late lead slip away in the championship match of the US Senior Amateur at Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms.

That sting, surely, has subsided now, as he begins to enjoy the spoils of that impressive run.

For finishing runner-up at the US Senior Amateur, Gunthorpe, of Ovid near Lansing, is among the 156 players in the field for this week’s US Senior Open at Saucon Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania. It’s the biggest tournament Gunthorpe, 59, has ever played in — one of the five major championships on the Champions Tour schedule.

“This is the biggest stage I’ve ever been a part of, the biggest tournament,” Gunthorpe said Monday after a practice round. “Everywhere I walk, I recognize a pro golfer. … I’ve never been on a range before with Darren Clarke, or Stuart Appleby, or Padraig Harrington, and all the other guys. That part right there, I can’t get over the awe of the guys that are there that you watched play on TV forever.

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