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NORTON, Massachusetts – During the week of May 6, three U.S. Open local qualifiers will be held across the Bay State where competitors from across the country will come to Massachusetts looking to take the first step in qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Open Championship – being contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California from June 13-16. With the opportunity to compete in one of golf’s major championships as the ultimate goal, professionals and amateurs alike will look to advance to one of the 12 sectional qualifiers being held in the U.S., Canada, England and Japan. The three U.S. Open local qualifiers being held here in the Bay State are among the 110 being held across the U.S. and Canada between April 29 and May 13.
The three U.S. Open local qualifying sites are Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk on May 6 (qualifier being managed by the Rhode Island Golf Association), Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 7 and Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth on May 9. The number of qualifying spots at the three sites are four, two and five, respectively. A first and second alternate position will also be contested at each of the three qualifying sites. All local qualifiers will be 18-hole qualifiers.
Ledgemont CC U.S. Open Local Qualifier | May 6, 2019 | 4 Qualifying Spots
Of the 63 competitors vying for the four qualifying spots to the U.S. Open Sectional stage, 29 of the competitors list their residency in Massachusetts, including 14 of whom are amateur competitors. Among the competitors in the field are Vesper Country Club golf professional Rich Berberian, Jr., who earlier this week qualified for the PGA Championship.
Next Monday, @RIGAlinks will be hosting a @usopengolf local qualifier at dual-Mass Golf member club @Ledgemont_CC! The 29 Bay Staters in the field will be among those vying for the 4 spots to sectional qualifying on the line!
— #MassGolf (@PlayMassGolf) April 29, 2019
Berkshire Hills CC U.S. Open Local Qualifier | May 7, 2019 | 2 Qualifying Spots
Of the 36 competitors vying for the two qualifying spots to the U.S. Open Sectional stage, 19 list their residency in Massachusetts. Of the 19, 10 of the Bay Staters are amateur competitors. Reigning Massachusetts Amateur champion, Patrick Frodigh, of Westwood, who turned professional prior to the start of the 2019 season, is among the competitors in the field.
Two will advance to sectional qualifying!
— #MassGolf (@PlayMassGolf) April 30, 2019
Pinehills GC U.S. Open Local Qualifier | May 9, 2019 | 5 Qualifying Spots
84 competitors in the field on the Nicklaus Course at Pinehills Golf Club on May 9 will look to secure one of five qualifying spots to the sectional stage in hopes of eventually advancing to the U.S. Open Championship. Of the competitors, 53 list their residency in Massachusetts, including 33 who amateur competitors. Three-time reigning Massachusetts Open champion Jason Thresher, of West Suffield, Conn., will be among them.
— #MassGolf (@PlayMassGolf) May 2, 2019
In addition to the aforementioned competitors, Bay State natives Matt Parziale, the 2018 U.S. Open co-low amateur honoree, and Richy Werenski, currently ranked No. 91 on the PGA Tour money list, are among the competitors who are exempt into the sectional qualifying stage. Parziale will compete at the Purchase, N.Y. site while Werenski will look to return to the U.S. Open when he completes his sectional qualifying round in Springfield, Ohio. Plainville’s Jim Renner advanced from U.S. Open Local local qualifying by firing a 5-under 67 to earn medalist honors at the Country Club of Winter Haven (Fla.) on May 1.
Wellesley native Michael Thorbjornsen, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, is exempt into the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach as a result of winning the Junior Amateur championship last July. This marks the second straight year that a Mass Golf competitor will be exempt into the U.S. Open championship after Parziale advanced one year ago after earning his exemption via his 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur championship win.
Mass Golf will provide coverage for the three U.S. Open local qualifiers being contested in Massachusetts during the week of May 6. Visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #MassGolf and #USOpen.