The Road to Chambers Bay Continues
By Harry Grosso
Believe it or not, the US Open truly is open to most players. Players with a handicap of 1.4 or lower are eligible to register for a local qualifying spot.
These players range from Junior players, College players, and pros to Amateurs and weekend standouts. For 2015, the goal is to reach the tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. For that goal to be reached players need to put in a lot of hard work and shoot good scores at the right time.
There are 111 local qualifying sites across the country. Depending on the field size at the local qualifier the number of players who will move on to stage two at Sectionals will vary.
Josh McCumber, who played in two US Opens, notes belief as the number one quality a player must have when attempting to qualify. “Believing you are going to make it and that it’s your time is the mindset to have while playing. There is not that much that you can do other than that besides play golf like you know you can do,” said McCumber.
The journey gets even harder after local qualifying because now the players who have proved they can post low scores under pressure all meet at 12 different sectional qualifying sites across the country for a one-day, 36 hole golf tournament.
It gets even more challenging when you arrive that day and see names like Luke Donald and Nick Watney at your qualifier because of recent struggles on tour. Any Player who has PGA Tour membership and has not qualified is exempt through Locals and moves on to sectionals.
On Monday the 12 US Open sectionals took place in the United States and 54 players moved on to Chambers Bay. Some notable names making the field: 2012 High School standout and current University of Texas player Beau Hossler (Newport Beach, CA) who at one point was tied for the lead in 2012 at the Olympic Club, former world number one Luke Donald (Jupiter, FL), former top 30 player Roberto Castro (Ball Ground, GA), US Navy Veteran Billy Hurley III (Rockville, MD), Champions Tour player and two-time US Open champion Lee Janzen, 2015 NCAA Individual champion Bryson Dechambeau (Columbus, OH), 2014 John Deere Classic Champion Brian Harmon (Memphis, TN), and Big Break alum Mark Silvers (Dallas, TX).
These men will be lucky enough to the tee it up with the best players in the world at Chambers Bay after. The Championship is set to start on Thursday, June 18.
Peter Santo also contributed to this report