USGA OPENS ROAD TO MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Registration is now open for the open’s run by the United States Golf Association (USGA), this includes the U.S. Open, the U.S Sr. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open, and the second playing of the U.S Sr. Women’s Open.

THE U.S. OPEN trophy sits perched along the bay at Pebble Beach, in advance of the 2019 U.S. Open in June.

“It total, the USGA received more than 13,000 entries for our Open Championships in 2018,” says John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director,championships. “We are committed to continuing to create an Open Championship experience that is exemplary for our players, volunteers, spectators and viewers, and are excited for the venues we’ll be bringing our four championships to this season. The openness of our championships is something we’re extremely proud of, and we look forward to seeing more dreams come true as our qualifying season begins.”

The U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach will be June 13-16, and is open to both professionals and amateurs with a handicap of 1.4 or less, and will be the sixth U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. In 2018 there was 9,049 entries. Deadline this year is 5 PM EST on April 24th.

The U.S. Women’s Open which will be played at the Country Club of Charleston from May 30th-June 2, is open to female golfers amateur or professional with a handicap not exceeding 2.4. This is the second USGA Championship held at CCC. Entries close at 5 PM EST on April 17th.

The U.S. Sr. Open will be played at the Warren Course in South Bend Ind from June 27-30, the championship is open to golfers amateur or professional with a handicap that does not exceed 3.4, and players who will be 50 years of age by the start of tournament play. Entries close at 5 PM EST on May 8th. Locally there will be a sectional qualifier on May 29th at Inverness Country Club.

The second annual U.S.Sr. Women’s Open will be held at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines N.C. from May 16-19. It is open to female golfers who will be 50 years of age by the start of tournament play, and amateurs or professionals with a handicap not exceeding 7.4. Entries close at 5 PM EST on April 10th.

For more information, visit USGA.org.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.