Championships FAQ

The USGA conducts the United States' national championships. These include the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open, the U.S. Senior Open, the 10 national amateur championships and the State Team Championships.

The USGA also helps conduct three international competitions - the Walker Cup Match, the Curtis Cup Match and the Men's and Women's World Amateur Team Championships.

If this section does not answer your particular question, please post your Championship-related questions here. Also, you might want to check out the championships page.

How do I apply to play in one of the USGA championships?

Applying for a championship is relatively simple. To apply online, click here. To check that you are registered, click on the Entrant Lookup feature.

Is there a place where all the USGA championships are listed for this year?

Yes, a complete list of championships being conducted can be found by clicking here. Links for information on each of the championships, including tickets, hospitality, volunteering, and applying to play, can be found on that page for each championship.

How do I get tickets to a championship?

The USGA offers tickets at a charge for select championships. All other championship tickets, many of which are free, are handled by host clubs. For the U.S. Open, active USGA Members can order tickets prior to the general public. For more information on the U.S. Open application process, click here.

What if I have applied to play in a championship and have a special request, like using a golf cart?

The USGA will evaluate, on a case-by-case basis, any request to use a cart in USGA championships or qualifying rounds due to a claimed disability. In order for the USGA to evaluate properly such requests, it is necessary to submit medical documentation setting forth the exact nature of the disability and how that disability prevents such player (or caddie) from walking during a stipulated round. In addition, players will have to submit information sufficient to enable the USGA to determine that providing a cart would not provide a player with an advantage over other players. There is a procedure to request a golf cart.

What are the eligibility rules for the Amateur Public Links and the Women's Amateur Public Links?

Entries are open to amateur golfers who since Jan. 1 of the current year have been bona fide public course players. Players may not have held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course. All of the interpretations of the rules of eligibility can be found within the application's Championship Regulations for the Amateur Public Links or the Women's Amateur Public Links.

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

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