Apply to Play in the 3 Opens

March 3, 2009

For thousands of golfers -amateur and professional alike - it's an annual rite of spring, as eagerly anticipated as the first regulation round of the year: The opportunity to enter one of the three national open championships conducted by the USGA each year.

Championship season begins the first week of March, with the launch of the application process for the U.S. Open , U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open .

The remaining 10 amateur championships, which include the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur, will begin accepting applications in the coming weeks and months.

All contestants - whether they are exempt from qualifying or not - are required to file an entry.

In 2008, the USGA accepted 8,390 applications for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Ninety-two percent of the applicants filed online, and 1,192 waited until the final two days to apply - with 102 doing so in the final hour.

All professionals, and amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or less, are eligible to file an entry for the U.S. Open. The Handicap Index limit is 3.4 for the Senior Open and 4.4 for the Women's Open.

The Women's Open continued to enjoy healthy numbers as this championship topped the 1,000-plus mark for a fifth consecutive year in 2008. A total of 1,236 entries were accepted for last year's championship at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.

Meanwhile, 2,810 entries were accepted for the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The application process for the U.S. Open will continue until April 29 (5 p.m. EDT); until May 6 (5 p.m. EDT) for the Women's Open; and June 10 (5 p.m. EDT) for the Senior Open.


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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.

For more information on Lexus, visit

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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.

For more information on American Express visit

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