The Bear's Club
Jupiter, Fla. • qualifying: Jun 04, 2018
Founded in 1999 by 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus and wife, Barbara, The Bear's Club is set to host U.S. Open sectional qualifying for a second time.
The course and golf course community is situated on 369 acres about a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. Nicklaus drew inspiration from Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, a layout he visited in 1988 as captain of the United States Presidents Cup Team. The course features 102 bunkers as well as a plethora of native vegatation, including old oaks, pine and cypress trees and wetlands.
Forty-eight professionals and amateurs are scheduled to compete, led by PGA Tour winners Alex Cejka and Robert Allenby. Other notable professionals include Sam Saunders, the grandson of 1960 U.S. Open champion Arnold Palmer, Tyson Alexander, a third-generation U.S. Open competitor whose father, Buddy, won the 1986 U.S. Amateur at Shoal Creek, and past U.S. Open qualifiers Josh Anderson, Christo Greyling, Jack Maguire and Cameron Trinagle, the latter a member of the victorious 2009 USA Walker Cup Team at Merion Golf Club. Cristian DiMarco, the son of PGA Tour winner Chris DiMarco, also is in the field.
Noted amateurs include Andy Zhang, of the People's Republic of China, who in 2012 at the age of 14 became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Open history, and Tyler Strafaci, the grandson of 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Frank Strafaci. Zhang and Strafaci play at the University of Florida and Georgia Tech, respectively.
The Florida Golf Association, one of the 59 Allied Golf Associations supported by the USGA, conducts the qualifier.