Sectional Qualifying Sites Announced For 2014 U.S. Open

By USGA
March 10, 2014

2014 will mark the tenth year that U.S. Open qualifying will be conducted at international sites, with England's Walton Heath Golf Club (pictured) serving as one of two overseas hosts. (Walton Heath Golf Club)

FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association today announced sectional qualifying sites for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship, which will be held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15. Sectional qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be held on June 2 at 10 sites in the U.S. For the 10th consecutive year, Japan and England will host international qualifying, which is scheduled for May 26.

“The game of golf is enhanced when U.S. Open sectional qualifying can be conducted over a cross section of the United States and international sites,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We thank the state and regional golf associations and international community for their continued support during the local and sectional qualifying process. The U.S. Open has broad appeal, as evidenced by the number of entries worldwide each year.”

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Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md., will host U.S. Open sectional qualifying for the 27th time in the last 28 years. The club, which moved to its current location in 1950, has two 18-hole courses (North and South). In 2013, Russell Knox, Mathew Goggin and Matt Bettencourt qualified for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club from this sectional, and all three went on to make the cut in the championship.

In Memphis, Tenn., Colonial Country Club’s North and South courses will host a sectional qualifier for the third time since 2007. Kevin Sutherland, at age 48, was one of five players who qualified in 2013 from this sectional. He tied for 67th at the U.S. Open Championship. Colonial was a U.S. Open local qualifying site in 2013 and will host again this year, on May 7.

The Columbus, Ohio; Purchase, N.Y.; and Daly City, Calif., sectional sites will use two courses. In Ohio, Brookside Golf and Country Club and Scioto Country Club, which will host the 2016 U.S. Senior Open, will be partnered for the first time. Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club will make up a sectional site in New York for the third time in six years. Lake Merced Golf Club and The Olympic Club’s Ocean Course are the courses in Northern California. Lake Merced has hosted two USGA championships. The Olympic Club’s Ocean Course was the companion course to the club’s Lake Course for the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship and the Ocean and Lake courses will host the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in May 2015.

Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek Course is a U.S. Open sectional qualifying site for the fifth time since 2004. Russell Henley was the medalist as an amateur at this site in 2010 and would go on to tie for 16th in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Springfield Country Club in Ohio will host sectional qualifying for the fifth consecutive year and sixth time in seven years.

For the fourth time since 2006, Emerald Valley Golf Club, in Creswell, Ore., will be a U.S. Open sectional qualifying site. Lakeside Country Club, in Houston, previously hosted in 2006 and 2012. Quail Valley Golf Club, in Vero Beach, Fla., served as a sectional site in 2011.

England’s Walton Heath Golf Club and Japan’s Nara International Golf Club are the international sectional qualifying sites. Walton Heath, which is hosting for the 10th consecutive year, is where Michael Campbell, of New Zealand, qualified in the first year of international qualifying en route to winning the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional play. Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) have won as sectional qualifiers.

The U.S. Open will be held for the third time at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2. In 1999, Payne Stewart claimed his second U.S. Open in dramatic fashion with a par-saving putt on the 72nd hole. In 2005, Campbell shot a final-round 69 to finish at even-par 280 and post a two-stroke victory. To be eligible for qualifying, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 111 sites in the U.S., takes place between May 2-19.

Online player registration for the 2014 U.S. Open began on March 5 (https://champs.usga.org/index.html) and continues through April 23 at 5 p.m. EDT.

2014 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Sites (12)

May 26 – International (2)
Asia– Nara International Golf Club, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Europe- Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, England

June 2 – United States (10)
Lake Merced Golf Club and The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), Daly City, Calif.
Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach, Fla.
Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.
Woodmont Country Club (North & South Courses), Rockville, Md.
Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.
Brookside Golf & Country Club and Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio
Emerald Valley Golf Club, Creswell, Ore.
Colonial Country Club (North & South Courses), Memphis, Tenn.
Lakeside Country Club, Houston, Texas

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