The first round of qualifying for the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore will take place at 111 sites from May 3 through May 16, the U.S. Golf Association announced Tuesday.
The area covered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia will host four local qualifiers: May 9 at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, May 13 at Whitford Country Club in Exton, May 15 at the Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit, and May 16 at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern.
All local qualifying events are 18 holes.
Those who get through local qualifying will continue on to sectional qualifying at 11 sites on June 3. The sectional qualifier consists of 36 holes.
Eight players advanced through both local and sectional qualifying to make the 36-hole cut at last year’s U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. That group included then-17-year-old Beau Hossler.
Professionals and amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or less are eligible to play in the U.S. Open. Online registration will begin the first week of March.