Between May 2 and May 19, thousands of golfers will tee it up on what they hope is the start of their journey to the 116th U.S. Open Championship, June 16-19 at Oakmont Country Club in suburban Pittsburgh. This year, 111 U.S. sites will host 18-hole local qualifying, with nearly 600 players advancing to sectional qualifying. The number of qualifying spots is determined by the size of each field. The USGA relies heavily on state and regional golf associations to conduct qualifiers within their jurisdiction.
For the majority of people who file an entry, this is where the road to the U.S. Open begins. Professional golfers and amateurs with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4 are eligible to file an entry. While the odds are long, 22 players navigated their way through the local and sectional stages to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. So for those dreaming of competing against the likes of defending champion Jordan Spieth and other world-class players, U.S. Open local qualifying is the place to start.
(a) denotes amateur status. Alt denotes an alternate for that local qualifier.