U.S. Open 2015 (1) – Local Qualifying

24th May 2015

The 115th U.S. Open Championship will be played between 18th and 21st June 2015 at Chambers Bay, a public course in Washington State.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) received 9,882 entries for this year’s U.S. Open. Any golfer with a handicap of less than 1.4 could apply. Entries were accepted from golfers in all 50 states of the United States and from 63 foreign countries.  This is the second highest entry ever beaten only by the 10,127 received for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

At the start of May, just 49 players, including 11 past champions, were currently fully exempt into the final 156-player field.  The number of full exemptions will rise with the inclusion of the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings as at 25th May and 15th June.  The winners of The Players Championship (the already exempt Rickie Fowler) and the European Tour BMW PGA Championship (currently in course) also earn exemptions.

The rest of the U.S. Open field will be made up of players who have had to pre-qualify, starting their Championship in Local Qualifying or for the higher ranked Sectional Qualifying.

Local Qualifying has already been completed.  It was played over 18 holes at 111 sites in the United States taking place between 4th and 21st May.  The number of players who progressed to Sectional Qualifying from each Local Qualifier was determined by the size of the field at each site.

It may be a long road to the Championship from here but it is not necessarily a fruitless one.  In 2014, 24 competitors made it into the field at Pinehurst No. 2 having started out in Local Qualifying.  Better still Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) both won the Championship having first played in Local (and then Sectional) Qualifying.

With little fanfare nine players from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) have progressed through Local Qualifying in the last few weeks.  The full list of qualifiers can be seen here – 2015 U.S. Open Local Qualifying Results – but I have listed the successful GB&I players individually below: –

May 11, 2015 Amelia Island, Fla.Amelia National Golf & Country Club
James Heath – ENGLAND 68

May 11, 2015 Lake Mary, Fla.Timacuan Golf & Country Club
Steven Smith – SCOTLAND 67

May 11, 2015 Sarasota, Fla.TPC Prestancia (Stadium Course)
Samuel Osborne – ENGLAND 69

May 13, 2015 Orlando, Fla.Shingle Creek Golf Club
Thomas Curtis – ENGLAND 69

May 13, 2015 Williamsport, PaWilliamsport Country Club
Charles Bull – ENGLAND 71

May 13, 2015 Knoxville, Tenn.Holston Hills Country Club
Daniel Keddie (Amateur) – ENGLAND 68

May 14, 2015 Farmingdale, N.Y.Bethpage State Park (Red Course)
John Igoe – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 65

May 18, 2015 Flossmoor, Ill. Flossmoor Country Club
Jonathan Hewett (Amateur) – ENGLAND 68
James Kerr – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 69

Sectional Qualifying starts tomorrow, Monday 25th May, at Walton Heath GC in England and Kinojo GC in Japan with two 36-hole International events.  More about this next stage shortly, which includes 10 further events in the United States on 8th June.  Good luck to the nine players listed above in Sectional Qualifying – it would be great to see some of them playing at Chambers Bay next month.

Copyright © 2015, Mark Eley. All rights reserved.

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