Big Canyon C.C./Newport Beach C.C.
Newport Beach, Calif. • qualifying: Jun 05, 2017
For the third time, Big Canyon Country Club and Newport Beach Country Club, both of which are located in Newport Beach, Calif., are serving as host sites for 36-hole sectional qualifying. Big Canyon, which opened for play in 1971, was originally designed by Robert Muir Graves. In 1998, the course was closed for a year so that architect John Harbottle III could do a full renovation project, which included replacing all 18 greens and new bunkering throughout the layout. Big Canyon has been the host site of two USGA championships: the 2000 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur won by Ellen Port and the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur won by Pat Tallent. It also was the site of Tiger Woods' 1996 Pacific-10 Conference triumph. Woods was an honorary member of the club as a junior. The club also produced 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad, who will look to play in his second major of the season after earning low-amateur honors in the Masters in April.
Nearby Newport Beach Country Club has been the host site for the PGA Tour Champions' Toshiba Classic, where past winners include Fred Couples, Nick Price, Bernhard Langer, Loren Roberts, Eduardo Romero, Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf. Originally designed in 1952 by distinguished golf architect William "Billy" Bell, the layout has since received extensive renovations by Harry Rainville (1973) and Ted Robinson (1985, 1998 and 1999).
PGA Tour Champions winners Paul Goydos and Duffy Waldorf, both native Southern Californians, are also in the field. Waldorf was a member of the victorious 1985 USA Walker Cup Team.
Two-time U.S. Amateur Public Links champion David Berganio Jr. and 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Charlie Beljan are the two USGA champions competing.
Past USA Walker Cup competitors Max Homa and Beau Hossler are in the field, while 2017 Walker Cup hopefuls Sean Crocker, Collin Morikawa and John Oda are also in the field. Other notables include Cheng Jin, who competed in the 2016 Masters after winning the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur, Gregor Main, the 2011 U.S. Amateur medalist at Erin Hills, Allen Geiberger Jr., the son of Mr. 59 Al Geiberger, and 2016 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist Sahith Theegala.