Far Hills, NJ (Sports Network) - The United States Golf Association announced
local qualifying sites for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship on Tuesday.
Local qualifying will be conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites from May 3-16 in
43 states. Players who succeed in local qualifiers will advance to sectional
qualifying, which will take place over 36 holes at 11 U.S. sites on June 3.
International qualifying is scheduled for May 27, with Japan and England both
hosting for the ninth consecutive year.
"The U.S. Open's local and sectional qualifying process exemplifies a
tremendous commitment by the state and regional associations and we are
grateful for their support," said USGA vice president and Championship
Committee chairman Thomas J. O'Toole Jr. "U.S. Open qualifying remains unique
and democratic in that every amateur golfer who meets the Handicap Index
requirement can compete. Local qualifying is where the quest to play in our
National Championship begins."
The Club at Admirals Cove's East Course in Jupiter, Florida, will host the
first local qualifying event on May 3. In all, the Sunshine State is set to
host 16 local qualifying tournaments, while California is scheduled for 14.
Six clubs will host a U.S. Open local qualifying event for at least the 10th
straight year. Illini Country Club, in Springfield, Illinois, has held a local
qualifier since the late 1940s, while Maketewah Country Club, in Cincinnati,
Ohio, has been a host for over four decades.
Last year, eight players made the cut at the U.S. Open after advancing through
local and sectional qualifying -- the most since 1997. Scott Langley and
amateur Beau Hossler tied for 29th at The Olympic Club after locally
qualifying at The Legacy Golf and Tennis Club, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and
Oakmont Country Club, in Glendale, California, respectively. Both clubs are
again hosting local qualifiers this year.
The 2013 U.S. Open will be held for the fifth time at Merion Golf Club, in
Ardmore, Pennsylvania, from June 13-16.
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