FAR HILLS, N.J. – Representing the start of an exciting and dramatic process in which thousands of golfers from around the world will pursue the title of America’s national champion, the United States Golf Association today announced local qualifying sites for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship. The U.S. Open will be contested at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15. Local qualifying, conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites in 42 states, will take place between May 2-19.
“The U.S. Open’s local and sectional qualifying process is the most democratic in that every amateur golfer who meets the USGA Handicap Index® requirement can compete for a spot in the championship field,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “Two-tiered U.S. Open qualifying could not be conducted without the tremendous partnership and expertise provided by state and regional golf associations, and we are grateful for their continued support.”
Those players who advance out of local qualifying will compete in sectional qualifying, which will be conducted over 36 holes at 10 U.S. sites on June 2. For the 10th consecutive year, Japan and England will host international sectional qualifying, both scheduled for May 26.
Several local exemptions for the U.S. Open have been amended and will take effect in 2014. The top 500 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking (as of March 3) will be exempt. Any player in the OWGR’s top 500 (as of April 21) who has filed an entry prior to the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on April 23, will also earn a local exemption. Only the top 150 point leaders were exempted in previous years. In addition, any player who has had multiple finishes in the top 400 of the year-ending OWGR in the last five calendar years (2009-2013) will be exempt from local qualifying.
In 2014, five clubs are hosting U.S. Open local qualifying for at least the 10th consecutive year. Illini Country Club, in Springfield, Ill., has held a U.S. Open local qualifier since the late 1940s, while Maketewah Country Club, in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been a site for more than four decades. Riverton (Wyo.) Country Club and Genoa Lakes Golf Club, in Genoa, Nev., have hosted local qualifying since the 1990s. Collindale Golf Course, in Fort Collins, Colo., has also hosted for at least a decade. Thirty-nine courses return as U.S. Open local qualifying sites from last year.
Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., the site of the 1958, 1977 and 2001 U.S. Opens, is hosting one of this year’s U.S. Open local qualifiers.
There are 16 local qualifying sites in the state of Florida, with the first of the scheduled qualifiers at The Club at Admirals Cove’s East Course in Jupiter on May 2. Fourteen local qualifiers are scheduled in California.
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. Last year, 20 players advanced through local and sectional qualifying to the 156-player U.S. Open championship field at Merion Golf Club.
The U.S. Open will be held for the third time at Pinehurst No. 2. In 1999, Payne Stewart made an 18-foot par-saving putt on the final hole to edge Phil Mickelson by one stroke and win his second U.S. Open title. In 2005, Michael Campbell shot a final-round 69 to finish at even-par 280, two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods. To be eligible, a player must have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.
Online player registration for the 2014 U.S. Open begins the first week of March (https://champs.usga.org/index.html).
2014 U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifying Sites (111)
Friday, May 2 (1)
Monday, May 12 (25)
The Club at Admirals Cove (East Course), Jupiter, Fla.
C.C. at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Monday, May 5 (24)
Indian Ridge C.C., (Grove Course), Palm Desert, Calif.
Timberline G.C., Calera, Ala.
Ruby Hill C.C., Pleasanton, Calif.
Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, Ariz.
Pasatiempo G.C., Santa Cruz, Calif.
Bermuda Dunes C.C., Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
The Broadmoor G.C. (West Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.
El Macero C.C., El Macero, Calif.
The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo.
Fort Washington Golf & C.C., Fresno, Calif.
C.C. of Farmington, Farmington, Conn.
Barona Creek G.C., Lakeside, Calif.
Lake Jovita Golf & C.C. (South Course), Dade City, Fla.
The TPC at Valencia, Valencia, Calif.
Marsh Creek C.C., St. Augustine, Fla.
Waterlefe Golf & River Club, Bradenton, Fla.
Indian River Club, Vero Beach, Fla.
Seagate C.C., Delray Beach, Fla.
Marietta C.C., Kennesaw, Ga.
The G.C. at North Hampton, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Knollwood Club, Lake Forest, Ill.
Orange Tree G.C., Orlando, Fla.
Illini C.C., Springfield, Ill.
Blue Lakes C.C., Twin Falls, Idaho
South Bend C.C., South Bend, Ind.
George W. Dunne National, Oak Forest, Ill.
Muskegon C.C., Muskegon, Mich.
Stillwater C.C., Stillwater, Minn.
The Wilds G.C., Prior Lake, Minn.
Hidden Creek G.C., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Genoa Lakes G.C. (Lakes Course), Genoa, Nev.
Red Hawk G.C., Las Cruces, N.M.
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.
Twin Warriors G.C., Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.
Pinewild C.C. (Magnolia Course), Pinehurst, N.C.
Mill River Club, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Maketewah C.C., Cincinnati, Ohio
Oak Hill C.C. (West Course), Rochester, N.Y.
Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club, Powell, Ohio
Greensboro C.C. (Farms Course), Greensboro, N.C.
Southern Hills C.C., Tulsa, Okla.
The Patriot G.C., Ninety Six, S.C.
Long Cove Club, Hilton Head, S.C.
Bakker Crossing G.C., Sioux Falls, S.D.
Falconhead G.C., Austin, Texas
|Alpine C.C., Highland, Utah||Shadow Hawk G.C., Richmond, Texas|
Royal Oaks C.C., Vancouver, Wash.
Tuesday, May 13 (16)
Tuesday, May 6 (5)
Ironwood C.C., Palm Desert, Calif.
Hot Springs C.C. (Arlington Course), Hot Springs, Ark.
Collindale G.C., Fort Collins, Colo.
Industry Hills G.C. (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry, Calif.
Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, Lake Powell, Fla.
Andalusia C.C., La Quinta, Calif.
The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Blue Top Ridge at Riverside, Riverside, Iowa
The Legends at Chateau Elan, Braselton, Ga.
Twin Hills C.C., Longmeadow, Mass.
Crofton C.C., Crofton, Md.
Wednesday, May 7 (11)
Radrick Farms, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Timacuan Golf & C.C., Lake Mary, Fla.
Missouri Bluffs G.C., St. Louis, Mo.
Fox Hollow G.C., Trinity, Fla.
Missoula C.C., Missoula, Mont.
Weston Hills C.C. (Tour Course), Weston, Fla.
Laurel Creek C.C., Mount Laurel, N.J.
Hawthorns Golf & C.C., Fishers, Ind.
Bedens Brook Club, Skillman, N.J.
Sycamore Ridge G.C., Spring Hill, Kan.
Timber Banks G.C., Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Paramount C.C., New City, N.Y.
Weymouth C.C., Medina, Ohio
Scotch Valley C.C., Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Belmont C.C., Perrysburg, Ohio
Holston Hills C.C., Knoxville, Tenn.
Point Judith C.C., Narragansett, R.I.
Colonial C.C., Memphis, Tenn.
Hackberry Creek C.C., Irving, Texas
Odessa C.C., Odessa, Texas
Wednesday, May 14 (11)
Cedar Creek G.C., San Antonio, Texas
Southern Dunes G.C., Maricopa, Ariz.
Thursday, May 8 (6)
Newport Beach C.C., Newport Beach, Calif.
Encanterra C.C., San Tan Valley, Ariz.
Wichita C.C., Wichita, Kan.
The Preserve G.C., Carmel, Calif.
Clustered Spires G.C., Frederick, Md.
Lake Wales C.C., Lake Wales, Fla.
Whippoorwill Club, Armonk, N.Y.
Pinehills G.C. (Nicklaus Course), Plymouth, Mass.
Schuyler Meadows Club, Loudonville, N.Y.
Omaha C.C., Omaha, Neb.
Blue Ridge C.C., Harrisburg, Pa.
Huntsville G.C., Shavertown, Pa.
Valley Brook C.C., McMurray, Pa.
Friday, May 9 (2)
Tumble Creek Club, Roslyn, Wash.
River Landing (River Course), Wallace, N.C.
Edgewood C.C., Sissonville, W.Va.
Mascoutin G.C., Berlin, Wis.
Riverton C.C., Riverton, Wyo.
Saturday, May 10 (2)
Thursday, May 15 (6)
Hoakalei C.C., Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Settlers Bay G.C., Wasilla, Alaska
The King Kamehameha G.C., Wailuku, Hawaii
La Purisima G.C., Lompoc, Calif.
Kensington Golf & C.C., Naples, Fla.
Shingle Creek G.C., Orlando, Fla.
Carter Plantation, Springfield, La.
Governors Club, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Monday, May 19 (2)
Gibson Bay G.C., Richmond, Ky.
Old American G.C., The Colony, Texas