After Monday’s grueling sectional qualifier at Lake Merced Golf Club and TPC Harding Park, it will be quite a short road to this year’s U.S. Open.
About three miles, to be exact.
About 130 golfers, including dozens of local competitors, will tee it up and putt their way through two 18-hole rounds Monday in hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club on June 14-17.
But with only 156 golfers eligible to play in the major championship scheduled to start in a 1½ weeks, sectional qualifier hopefuls, local and non, will have to be on top of their game — both long and short.
Of the 156 available spots, 76 of those are already reserved through exemption for some of the world’s best golfers.
The rounds of sectional qualifying at the two nearby courses in or around Lake Merced are only one of 11 that will be playing out simultaneously in the U.S. Two overseas sectional qualifiers in Japan and England were finalized on May 21 and May 28, respectively.
Some of the local amateurs and pros who will take aim at qualifying include Chris Stein, the Olympic Club’s head golf professional since 1999, former USF and Lincoln High standout Domingo Jojola, former Stanford standout Dodge Kemmer and current Cardinal golfers David Chung and Patrick Rodgers, among many others.
The first round of 18 is scheduled to start from 7 to 8:30 a.m. The second round of play will start from 12:30 to
U.S. Open qualifying
WHAT: Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club
WHERE: TPC Harding Park and Lake Merced Golf Club