KILLARNEY, IRELAND - JULY 27: 2011 U.S. Open Winner, Rory McIlroy (L) of Northern Ireland and 2011 Open Championship Winner, Darren Clarke (R)of Northern Ireland pose for the media during the Pro Am prior to the Irish Open held at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on July 27, 2011 in Killarney, Ireland. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
One of 11 single-day, 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournaments will take place Monday, June 4th, at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. The earliest tee times are at 7:00 a.m.
Sectional qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Open will be held at 11 regional sites on Monday, June 4. Qualifiers from this final stage will advance to the official U.S. Open, which this year will be held June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
One of the sectional qualifying sites chosen this year was the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. Woodmont C.C. served as a host site for 21 straight years, starting in 1987, and after a one year hiatus qualifying tournaments have again been held there every year. The course features two 18-hole layouts, a North course and a South course. The South course at Woodmont is best known as the course on which Shigeki Maruyama shot an astonishing 58 during sectional qualifying in 2000.
Monday's 36-hole event begins at 7:00 a.m. There are 78 players are in the field, a mixture of 13 amateurs and 65 professionals. As per the USGA, the number of qualifying spots are determined "by the field's numbers and strength." Among those trying to qualify:
- 55-year-old Fred Funk, the former University of Maryland golf coach and eight-time PGA Tour winner. Funk, the third-oldest player in sectional qualifying, won the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.
- Jason Gore, a 1997 USA Walker Cup team member, perhaps best known for shooting a final-round 84 in the 2005 U.S. Open while in the final pairing with Retief Goosen.
- Ji Soo Park, from Clifton, Va., a freshman golfer at the University of Virginia. Park finished second at the 2011 Virginia State Amateur event.
- Drew Weaver, 2007 British Amateur Championship and member of the 2009 USA Walker Cup Team, played his college golf at Virginia Tech.
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