Canoe Brook Country Club
Summit, N.J. • qualifying: Jun 04, 2018
Both the North and South courses at Canoe Brook Country Club will be utilized for the 36-hole sectional, which hosting for the 17th time since 1980. It was here in 2006 that Michelle Wie nearly became the first female to ever qualify for the U.S. Open. The Metropolitan Golf Association conducts the qualifier for the USGA. Opened in 1916 and designed by former U.S. Amateur champion Walter Travis, the North Course is the longer of the two venues at Canoe Brook. The South Course, designed by Captain Allison of the firm Colt, Allison and Mackenzie, opened 11 years later, but underwent a renovation by Rees Jones in 1974 and again in 1993-94. What is now part of the nearby Short Hills Mall used to be a part of the North Course until renovations were made in 1945.
Canoe Brook has hosted three U.S. Women's Amateurs (1936, 1983 and 1990), the last of which was claimed by Pat Hurst. Pamela Barton won the 1936 championship and Joanne Pacillo in 1983. In 2003, Hilary Lunke advanced out of U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifying and won the championship a few weeks later in a playoff over Angela Stanford and Kelly Robbins at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
A total of 81 professionals and amateurs are scheduled to compete. PGA Tour winners Johnson Wagner and Dudley Hart, along with European Tour winner Steve Allan and Web.com Tour winner Rob Oppenheim are among the noted professionals in the field. Other notable professionals include past NCAA individual champion Cameron Wilson, a Connecticut native, 2017 U.S. Open competitor Roberto Diaz, who got in as an alternate from the Canoe Brook sectional when Phil Mickelson withdrew, and former Oklahoma State/Oregon standout Wyndham Clark.
Three past U.S. Mid-Amateur champions are also competing: Michael McCoy (2013), Scott Harvey (2014) and Stewart Hagestad (2016), the latter two qualifying last year. McCoy and Harvey were members of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team, while Hagestad was a member of last year's victorious USA side at The Los Angeles Country Club.
The qualifier is conducted by the Metropolitan Golf Association, one of the 59 Allied Golf Associations supported by the USGA.