Photo: Valencia CC, Valencia, CA
The United States Golf Association announced local qualifying sites for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, which will be contested at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., on June 13-16. Local qualifying, conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites, will take place May 3-16 in 43 states. The SCGA will host 9 in the Southern California area.
“The U.S. Open’s local and sectional qualifying process exemplifies a tremendous commitment by the state and regional associations and we are grateful for their support,” said USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. “U.S. Open qualifying remains unique and democratic in that every amateur golfer who meets the Handicap Index requirement can compete. Local qualifying is where the quest to play in our national championship begins.”
Those players successful in local qualifiers will advance to sectional qualifying, which will be conducted over 36 holes at 11 U.S. sites on June 3. The SCGA will host a sectional qualifier at Big Canyon CC and Newport Beach CC on June 3.
Last year, eight players who advanced through local and sectional qualifying – including Scott Langley and SCGA member Beau Hossler – made the cut at the U.S. Open, the most since 1997. The U.S. Open will be held for the fifth time at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa. Olin Dutra (1934), Ben Hogan (1950), Lee Trevino (1971) and David Graham (1981) are past champions at Merion. To be eligible, a player must have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.
Online player registration for the 2013 U.S. Open begins the first week of March. Click here to apply for the U.S. Open and all other USGA championships.
U.S. Open Local Qualifying Dates and Sites in Southern California
Indian Ridge CC, Palm Desert, CA
Valencia CC, Valencia, CA
Barona Creek GC, Lakeside, CA
Andalusia CC, La Quinta, CA
Bermuda Dunes CC, Bermuda Dunes, CA
Crystalaire CC, Llano, CA
Ironwood GC (South), Palm Desert, CA
Industry Hills GC (Ike), City of Industry, CA
La Purisima GC, Lompoc, CA