Notice to Players - 2016 U.S. Open Local Qualifying

May 12, 2016 - Butler Country Club, Butler, PA

This notice serves as confirmation for U.S. Open Local Qualifying on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Butler Country Club in Butler, PA. The qualifying round is 18 holes and the field is 84 players. The number of spots the field is playing for is five (5) and two (2) alternates. The starting tees will be holes #1 and #9. Additional information will be distributed on the starting tees. The locker room and practice facility will open at 7:00 AM the day of the qualifying round.

Groupings - Alpha
Groupings - Tee & Time

Format: 18 holes of stroke play. Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf. In the event of a tie, a hole by hole sudden death playoff will take place on holes to be determined by the Committee for qualifying spots as well as alternates.

Distance Measuring Devices are not permitted for the qualifying round.
The “One Ball Rule” is in effect for the qualifying round.
Grooves conforming to USGA policy are required for the qualifying round.

Tee Markers: All play is from the BLUE WPGA tee markers. The course will play par 70 at roughly 6,700 yards depending on conditions.

Pace of Play: The maximum allowable time will be four hours and twenty minutes (4:20). The Pace of Play Policy can be found HERE, a checkpoint system will be in place for the qualifying round.

Practice: Practice rounds must be pre-arranged and can be scheduled by contacting the golf shop at 724-586-7260. The Golf Professional is Rob McClellan. Practice round times on Wednesday, May 11 will begin at 1:00 PM at a rate of $50 to walk and $75 with a cart. All other practice rounds in advance of May 11 are at the discretion of the golf shop and at the prevailing rate. Practice round fees are the responsibility of the player. Practice range balls are complimentary the morning of the competition.

Transportation/Caddies: Walking is required. The club does not offer caddies. Players may bring their own caddies. Caddies must walk in performance of their duties during the qualifying round. Players are permitted to use push trolleys for the qualifying round.

Food: The WPGA provides coffee, juices, and whole fruits prior to the round and water on the course. All other food and beverage charges are the responsibility of the player.


Lodging: Lodging of various price ranges can be found in the Butler and Cranberry Township areas.

Evacuation Plan— In the event of a suspension of play for a dangerous situation, players on holes #1,2(tee/fairway),8,9,10,11,12(tee/fairway),13(green),14(tee) & 18 should return immediately to the Clubhouse. Players on holes #,12(green),13 (tee/fairway),14(fairway/green),15,16 & 17(tee/fairway) should go to the Simons House. Players on holes #2(green),3,4,5,6,7 & 17(tee) should proceed to the Bathroom Area near Hole #6 tee.

Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive air horn notes, repeated. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes, repeated.

Spectator Info: No spectator carts will be permitted for the qualifying round.

Directions to the club can be found on the Butler Country Club website.

In the event a player needs to withdraw, please contact the USGA at Golf House. Dually notifying the WPGA is appreciated.