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USGA ANNOUNCES LOCAL QUALIFYING SITES FOR 2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEn111 Local Qualifiers Will Be Conducted in 42 States During MaynFAR HILLS, N.J. (Feb. 26, 2014) – 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 (USGA) 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.n”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.”nThose 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.nSeveral 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.nIn 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.nSouthern 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.nThere 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.nKen 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.nThe 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.nOnline player registration for the 2014 U.S. Open begins the first week of March (https://champs.usga.org/index.html).n2014 U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifying Sites (111)nFriday, May 2 (1)nMonday, May 12 (cont.)nThe Club at Admirals Cove (East Course), Jupiter, Fla.nThe Broadmoor G.C. (West Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.nThe Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo.nMonday, May 5 (24)nC.C. of Farmington, Farmington, Conn.nTimberline G.C., Calera, Ala.nLake Jovita G. & C.C. (South Course), Dade City, Fla.nSewailo Golf Club, Tucson, Ariz.nMarsh Creek C.C., St. Augustine, Fla.nBermuda Dunes C.C., Bermuda Dunes, Calif.nIndian River Club, Vero Beach, Fla.nEl Macero C.C., El Macero, Calif.nMarietta C.C., Kennesaw, Ga.nFort Washington G. & C.C., Fresno, Calif.nKnollwood Club, Lake Forest, Ill.nBarona Creek G.C., Lakeside, Calif.nIllini C.C., Springfield, Ill.nThe TPC at Valencia, Valencia, Calif.nSouth Bend C.C., South Bend, Ind.nWaterlefe G. & River C., Bradenton, Fla.nMuskegon C.C., Muskegon, Mich.nSeagate C.C., Delray Beach, Fla.nThe Wilds G.C., Prior Lake, Minn.nThe G.C. at North Hampton, Fernandina Beach, Fla.nGenoa Lakes G.C. (Lakes Course), Genoa, Nev.nOrange Tree G.C., Orlando, Fla.nTPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.nBlue Lakes C.C., Twin Falls, IdahonPinewild C.C. (Magnolia Course), Pinehurst, N.C.nGeorge W. Dunne National, Oak Forest, Ill.nMaketewah C.C., Cincinnati, OhionStillwater C.C., Stillwater, Minn.nKinsale G. & F.C., Powell, OhionHidden Creek G.C., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.nSouthern Hills C.C., Tulsa, Okla.nRed Hawk G.C., Las Cruces, N.M.nLong Cove Club, Hilton Head, S.C.nTwin Warriors G.C., Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.nFalconhead G.C., Austin, TexasnMill River Club, Oyster Bay, N.Y.nShadow Hawk G.C., Richmond, TexasnOak Hill C.C. (West Course), Rochester, N.Y.nGreensboro C.C. (Farm Course), Greensboro, N.C.nTuesday, May 13 (16)nThe Patriot G.C., Ninety Six, S.C.nIronwood C.C., Palm Desert, Calif.nBakker Crossing G.C., Sioux Falls, S.D.nCollindale G.C., Fort Collins, Colo.nAlpine C.C., Highland, UtahnShark’s Tooth G.C., Lake Powell, Fla.nRoyal Oaks C.C., Vancouver, Wash.nThe Legacy G. & T.C., Port St. Lucie, Fla.nThe Legends at Chateau Elan, Braselton, Ga.nTuesday, May 6 (5)nCrofton C.C., Crofton, Md.nHot Springs C.C. (Arlington Course), Hot Springs, Ark.nRadrick Farms, Ann Arbor, Mich.nIndustry Hills G.C. (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry, Calif.nMissouri Bluffs G.C., St. Louis, Mo.nAndalusia C.C., La Quinta, Calif.nMissoula C.C., Missoula, Mont.nBlue Top Ridge at Riverside, Riverside, IowanLaurel Creek C.C., Mount Laurel, N.J.nTwin Hills C.C., Longmeadow, Mass.nBedens Brook Club, Skillman, N.J.nTimber Banks G.C., Baldwinsville, N.Y.nWednesday, May 7 (11)nWeymouth C.C., Medina, OhionTimacuan G. & C.C., Lake Mary, Fla.nBelmont C.C., Perrysburg, OhionFox Hollow G.C., Trinity, Fla.nPoint Judith C.C., Narragansett, R.I.nWeston Hills C.C. (Tour Course), Weston, Fla.nHackberry Creek C.C., Irving, TexasnHawthorns G. & C.C., Fishers, Ind.nSycamore Ridge G.C., Spring Hill, Kan.nWednesday, May 14 (11)nParamount C.C., New City, N.Y.nSouthern Dunes G.C., Maricopa, Ariz.nScotch Valley C.C., Hollidaysburg, Pa.nNewport Beach C.C., Newport Beach, Calif.nHolston Hills C.C., Knoxville, Tenn.nWichita C.C., Wichita, Kan.nColonial C.C., Memphis, Tenn.nClustered Spires G.C., Frederick, Md.nOdessa C.C., Odessa, TexasnWhippoorwill Club, Armonk, N.Y.nCedar Creek G.C., San Antonio, TexasnSchuyler Meadows Club, Loudonville, N.Y.nBlue Ridge C.C., Harrisburg, Pa.nThursday, May 8 (6)nValley Brook C.C., McMurray, Pa.nEncanterra C.C., San Tan Valley, Ariz.nTumble Creek Club, Roslyn, Wash.nThe Preserve G.C., Carmel, Calif.nEdgewood C.C., Sissonville, W. Va.nLake Wales C.C., Lake Wales, Fla.nRiverton C.C., Riverton, Wyo.nPinehills G.C., Plymouth, Mass.nOmaha C.C., Omaha, Neb.nThursday, May 15 (6)nHuntsville G.C., Shavertown, Pa.nSettlers Bay G.C., Wasilla, AlaskanLa Purisima G.C., Lompoc, Calif.nFriday, May 9 (2)nKensington G. & C.C., Naples, Fla.nRiver Landing (River Course), Wallace, N.C.nShingle Creek G.C., Orlando, Fla.nMascoutin G.C., Berlin, Wis.nCarter Plantation, Springfield, La.nGovernors Club, Chapel Hill, N.C.nSaturday, May 10 (2)nHoakalei C.C., Ewa Beach, HawaiinMonday, May 19 (2)nThe King Kamehameha G.C., Wailuku, HawaiinGibson Bay G.C., Richmond, Ky.nOld American G.C., The Colony, TexasnMonday, May 12 (25)nC.C. at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.nIndian Ridge C.C. (Grove Course), Palm Desert, Calif.nRuby Hill C.C., Pleasanton, Calif.nPasatiempo G.C., Santa Cruz, Calif.nAbout the USGAnThe USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.nThe USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.nFor more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.