The United States Golf Association today announced
that 2,746 golfers have entered to play in the 2013 U.S. Senior Open
Championship, scheduled for July 11-14 at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. Twelve champions are among the 78 players who are currently fully exempt into the
field for the championship.
“We look forward to bringing the U.S. Senior Open
Championship to Nebraska
and Omaha Country Club for the first time this July,” said Thomas J. O’Toole
Jr., USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “The U.S. Senior
Open is considered the world’s premier championship for men’s senior golfers.
The number of entries demonstrates the great interest in playing for the
coveted Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.”
The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers
and amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 who are 50 years of
age at the start of championship play.
Sectional qualifying will be played over 18 holes at
34 sites across the United
States between June 17-27. In addition, places in the
156-player field are reserved for eligible winners of official PGA Tour and
Champions Tour events in the weeks remaining before the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.
The USGA received entries for the 34th U.S. Senior
Open from golfers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The total of 81
applicants represents 27 countries.
Roger Chapman, the
2012 champion, and 11 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify
for the championship. They are: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Allen Doyle (2005, 2006),
Dave Eichelberger (1999), Fred Funk (2009), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter
Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Graham Marsh (1997), Don Pooley (2002)
and Eduardo Romero (2008).
For the third consecutive year, only online
entries were accepted. James Rue, a 58-year-old professional from Dayton, Ohio,
submitted his entry less than five minutes before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on June 5. Brian Gold, a 58-year-old amateur from Burr Ridge, Ill.,
was the first entrant.
|2013 U.S. Senior Open Exemption List (as of June 5)
|Jay Don Blake
||Paul Simson (a)
||Chien Soon Lu
||Curtis Skinner (a)
||Lance Ten Broeck
||Tom Pernice Jr.
|Doug Hanzel (a)
|Bold: U.S. Senior Open Champion