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Published: February, 2013

Southland courses in rotation

The USGA selects eight area facilities as local qualifying sites for the 2013 U.S. Open

The USGA has established local qualifying sites for the 2013 U.S. Open. Of the 111 locations, 14 will are in California, with eight of those at Southland courses. The U.S. Open will be played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., on June 13-16.

“The U.S. Open’s local and sectional qualifying process exemplifies a tremendous commitment by the state and regional associations and we are grateful for their support,” said USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. “U.S. Open qualifying remains unique and democratic in that every amateur golfer who meets the Handicap Index requirement can compete. Local qualifying is where the quest to play in our national championship begins.”

The Southland locations and dates are:

May 6: Indian Ridge Country Club, Palm Desert; Valencia Country Club, Valencia; Barona Creek Golf Course, Lakeside.

May 7: Andalusia Country Club, La Quinta.

May 13: Bermuda Dunes Country Club, Bermuda Dunes; Oakmont Country Club, Glendale.

May 14: Ironwood Country Club, Palm Desert; Industry Hills Golf Club; City of Industry.

Last year, eight players who advanced through local and sectional qualifying – including former Orange County high school standout Beau Hossler – made the cut at the U.S. Open, the most since 1997. Hossler, who advanced through a local qualifier at Oakmont in Glendale tied for 29th at the 2012 U.S. Open that was held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Players successful in local qualifiers advance to sectional qualifying, which will be conducted over 36 holes at 11 U.S. sites on June 3. To be eligible, a player must have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Online player registration for the 2013 U.S. Open begins the first week of March and is accessible HERE.