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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Sites (12)
26 – International (2)
Asia– Nara International Golf Club, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Europe- Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey, England
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.
Country Club, Houston, Texas