Sectional qualifying for the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links will take place between May 20 and June 3 at nine U.S. and three international sites. Pebble Beach will be hosting its sixth U.S. Open and 12th USGA championship June 13-19.
Sectional qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, is being held in eight U.S. states and three countries. California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Ohio (two) and Washington are hosting on June 3, while the site in Texas is set to conducts its qualifier on May 20. For the 15th consecutive year, Japan and England will host international sectional qualifying, scheduled for May 27 and June 3, respectively. The first sectional in Canada, to be conducted prior to the RBC Canadian Open, is scheduled for June 3.
“Since 1959 the USGA has conducted two-tiered qualifying to determine a strong and competitive U.S. Open field and to provide an opportunity for thousands of players from around the world to ‘follow their dream’ and earn a spot in our National Open Championship,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “This truly open and democratic process, which is unique to major championship golf, is only realized through the support provided by Allied Golf Associations in the United States, as well as the PGA European Tour, Japan Golf Association, and now Golf Canada.”
The Columbus, Ohio; Purchase, N.Y.; Newport Beach, Calif.; and Dallas, Texas, sectional sites will use two courses. In Columbus, Brookside Golf and Country Club and Scioto Country Club, which hosted the 1926 U.S. Open, will combine to host sectional qualifying for the second time. Four players from the Columbus sectional made the 36-hole cut in last year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Russell Knox, who tied for 12th, was among that group.
Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club will combine to host sectional qualifying in Purchase for the 15th time since 1963. Big Canyon Country Club and Newport Beach Country Club are paired in Southern California for the fourth time. Northwood Club, the site of the 1952 U.S. Open, and Bent Tree Country Club will host the Dallas, Texas, qualifier.
Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md., will host U.S. Open sectional qualifying for the 32nd time in the last 33 years, with only the North Course used for the sixth consecutive year. Springfield Country Club in Ohio will host sectional qualifying for the 10th consecutive year and 11th time in 12 years. Dylan Meyer, who tied for 20th, was one of two players from this sectional to make the 36-hole cut at Shinnecock Hills last year.
|Bent Tree Country Club & Northwood Club||Dallas, Texas||May 20|
|Kuwana Country Club||Mie Prefecture, Japan||May 27|
|Walton Heath Golf Club (Old and New Courses)||Surrey, England||June 3|
|RattleSnake Point Golf Club (Copperhead & Sidewinder Courses)||Milton, Ontario, Canada||June 3|
|Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club||Newport Beach, Calif.||June 3|
|Streamsong Resort (Black Course)||Streamsong, Fla.||June 3|
|Hawks Ridge Golf Club||Ball Ground, Ga.||June 3|
|Woodmont Country Club (North Course)||Rockville, Md.||June 3|
|Century Country Club & Old Oaks Country Club||Purchase, N.Y.||June 3|
|Brookside Golf & Country Club & Scioto Country Club||Columbus, Ohio||June 3|
|Springfield Country Club||Springfield, Ohio||June 3|
|Wine Valley Golf Club||Walla Walla, Wash.||June 3|
Hawks Ridge Golf Club, in Ball Ground, Ga., has been a sectional qualifying site in alternate years since 2007 and will host for the seventh time. Streamsong Resort (Black Course), in Bowling Green, Fla., and Wine Valley Golf Club, in Walla Walla, Wash., will host a sectional qualifier for the first time.
Canada is also debuting as a host site for U.S. Open sectional qualifying. RattleSnake Point Golf Club, in Milton, Ontario, will use its Copperhead and Sidewinder Courses, each designed by Thomas McBroom.
Walton Heath Golf Club in England and Kuwana Country Club in Japan join Canada as international sectional qualifying sites. Four players made the cut in the 2018 U.S. Open after advancing from Walton Heath, which is hosting for the 15th consecutive year.
To be eligible for qualifying, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 109 sites in the U.S. and one in Canada, takes place between April 29-May 13.
Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional play. Gene Littler (1961), Julius Boros (1963), Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) have won as sectional qualifiers.
In 2018, the USGA accepted 9,049 entries for the championship at Shinnecock Hills, the seventh consecutive year that entries topped 9,000. The record of 10,127 was established for the 2014 championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Online entry applications for the 2019 U.S. Open are open now (https://champs.usga.org/index.html) and continue through Wednesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. EDT.