Record entry at three area U.S. Open Local sites
Posted April 29, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact
The 9th hole and clubhouse at Oakmont Country Club
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association added a local qualifying site for the 2016 U.S. Open with the championship being held at Oakmont Country Club for a record ninth time June 16-19.
Of the 9,877 entries in the 111 18-hole local qualifying rounds, a record 205 players entered the three qualifying sites to be conducted by WPGA. Of the entrants, 119 amateurs, 83 professionals, and three candidates for reinstatement to amateur status will compete.
This is the third highest number of accepted entries in U.S. Open history. Local qualifying starts on May 2 and will conclude on May 19.
The qualifying rounds at Butler Country Club on May 12 and The Club at Nevillewood on May 16 have 84 players entered. Each will have five spots to advance to the 36-hole sectional qualifying rounds. At Scotch Valley Country Club in Hollidaysburg, 37 players will compete for two spots on May 18. All three qualifying rounds will have two alternates.
The ten sectional qualifiers in the United States will be held on Monday, June 6. Two additional sectional qualifiers will be held in England and Japan in late May.
The most recent U.S. Open qualifier from the region is Jon Mills from Indiana. He missed the cut by one stroke at Oakmont in 2007 when eventual champion Angel Cabrera made a birdie on #9 late in the second round and eliminated Mills and other top players such as Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover, and Justin Leonard. Mills, who has played the PGA and Web.com Tour, won the 2014 West Penn Open.
Greensburg native Rocco Mediate has competed in 14 U.S. Opens. He first qualified in 1984, made the cut nine times, and finished in the top 10 three times. A six time winner on the PGA Tour, his best finish was runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines South Course that was decided on the 91st hole of the championship.