The USGA has accepted 3,001 entries for the 42nd U.S. Senior Open Championship, to be played June 23-26, 2022 at Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course) in Bethlehem, Pa.
Last year 35 amateurs competed at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club, with four -- William Mitchell, Todd White, Mark Strickland and Mike McCoy -- making the cut and playing all 72 holes. Mitchell was the low amateur with a T46 finish.
Highlights from qualifying include:
Matt Sughrue and Eddie Hargett
Amateurs took both spots at River Landing Country Club’s River Course in Wallace, North Carolina. Jones Cup champion Matt Sughrue
(Arlington, Va.) shot a 5-under 67 to clear the field by two shots. Eddie Hargett
(Blythewood, S.C.) had to go overtime to take the other spot, making birdie on the first playoff hole to advance after a round of 3-under 69.
Joel B. Johnson Joel B. Johnson (R) after playoff win
(Hugo, Minn.) took the final qualifying spot at Dellwood (Minn.) Country Club, shooting 74 and then parring the third playoff hole to advance.
“This is great because you get to play with all the big guys—the guys you watch on TV all the time,” said Johnson, who qualified for his first USGA championship since the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur. “It’s going to be fun to get down there and see where your game is compared to those guys."
(Bedford, N.Y.) is going to his first U.S. Senior Open since 2018 after making birdies on two of his last three holes to post a 2-under 68 at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, New York. "I had a very good feeling coming into the day about the golf course because I came out here on Wednesday to look around and I loved it," said Zachar.
How about this for a start -- Tony Soerries
(Montgomery, Texas) birdied his first five holes at Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland, Texas. From there, he was able to play even-par golf and post a 67 that earned him medalist honors in a field that included several former PGA Tour pros including Australian Mark Hensby, who also qualified.
Jack Hall Jack Hall (R) with pro Andrew Johnson
(Savannah, Ga.) shot a 5-under 67 to take one of two spots available at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama. The 64-year-old Hall, who won the Gasparilla Senior earlier this spring, last made the championship in 2018.
(Crystal Lake, Ill.) shot a 2-under 69 to share medalist honors at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington, Illinois.
At the age of 68, Pat O'Donnell
is off to his third U.S. Senior Open. The six-time Oregon Senior Amateur champion and soon-to-be Pacific Northwest Golf Hall-of-Famer shot a 1-over 72 at Waverly Golf Club in Portland, Ore., and survived a 3-for-2 playoff. The 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up (to Doug Hanzel), O'Donnell previously played in the U.S. Senior Open in 2012 and 2014.
At Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga., Jack Larkin Sr.
posted a bogey-free, 5-under 67 to qualify on the number and advance to his first U.S. Senior Open since 2018.
William Ayres and Mark Sanchez (NCGA photo)
Amateurs took both spots available at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, California. William Ayres
(San Jose, Calif.) and Mark Sanchez
(Kentfield, Calif.) both shot rounds of even-par 70 to share medalist honors.
Qualifying runs through June 1. The first round of the 42nd U.S. Senior Open tees off on Thursday, June 23 at Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course) in Bethlehem, Pa.
ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Open Qualifying
18 hole stroke play qualifying held at sites across the
United States. Open to professionals and amateurs
ages 50 and above. Handicap limit of 3.4 for amateurs.
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