U.S. Open sectional qualifying 2014: Tee times, course sites, notable names and more

Streeter Lecka

The USGA likes to trumpet sectional qualifying day as an exercise that exemplifies the true "open" nature of our national championship and exhibits all that is good with their organization. Here are the sites for the 2014 edition of "golf's longest day."

The start of U.S. Open week is just seven days away, and to warm up for the season's second major, 10 sites around the country will host sectional qualifiers in what's known as "golf's longest day." The qualifying process for the 2014 U.S. Open started at the beginning of May, when a record 10,127 entrants signed up for local qualifying. Throughout the first 20 days of the month, at 111 different sites all over the country, that record number was whittled down to the 769 golfers who will tee it up at 10 U.S. sites on Monday. Of those 769 left in sectionals, only 57 will earn a spot in the field at Pinehurst (here's a list of the 74 players, mostly touring stars, who are already exempt and won't be grinding it out on Monday).

While that 10k number of original entrants seems large, you don't just get to sign up and play. You have to have at least 1.4 USGA handicap index, so while some may be reverse sandbagging to get a shot, there aren't any major chops in that original group. You also need about $150 to pay the entry fee, which is easier to come by than having a near-scratch handicap.

And still it's almost impossible to get through to play with the big boys. Luke Kerr-Dineen of Golf Digest put together a list of some things that are easier or more probable than qualifying for the U.S. Open, which included becoming Pope, breaking out of prison, and being someone who showers less than once a week (go through the full list here). They're incredibly long odds, but each year we still end up with some ridiculous story of a qualifier who somehow snuck through, or caught some amazing bounce late in the day at one of these sectionals.

As usual, the biggest sectional sites are near the PGA Tour stops from last week in Columbus, Ohio, and this week in Memphis. Columbus is traditionally the strongest regional, with some world class players who, for whatever reason, just don't have an exemption yet. The 36 holes are split between two courses, Brookside Golf and Country Club and Scioto Country Club, where Jack Nicklaus grew up and learned to play. Last year, an accident that caused major traffic disrupted the schedule as Mike Weir had to bolt from one course to the other for a playoff before darkness. It's usually the regional with the most wild qualifying stories, and also the more recognizable names.

Aside from the 10 U.S. sites for sectionals, there are two international sites, and qualifying was completed there last week. Six players from the Japan sectional at Nara International Golf Club got through, while 14 qualified at the English site, Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey. Garrick Porteous, who had an exemption from winning the British Amateur but forfeited his spot when he turned pro in April, missed qualifying by a stroke in England. Here are your international qualifiers:

Japan - Nara International Golf Club
Wen-Chong Liang
Kiyoshi Miyazato
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Toru Taniguchi
Azuma Yano
David Oh
England - Walton Heath, Surrey
Shane Lowry
Simon Griffiths
Niclas Fasth
Garth Mulroy
Chris Doak
Shiv Kapur
Maximilian Kieffer
Brooks Koepka
Graeme Storm
Marcel Siem
Lucas Bjerregaard
Tom Lewis
Oliver Fisher
Andrea Pavan
Danny Willett (Alternate)
Motern Orum Madsen (Alternate)

And here are your 10 U.S. sites for the 36-hole march on Monday.

Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), San Francisco

  • 110 players for 5 spots
  • Tee times begin at 10 a.m. ET on both courses (scores here)
  • Notables: Jack Brehaut, Kevin Sutherland

Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach, Florida

  • 55 players for 4 spots
  • Tee times begin at 7:15 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Chase Koepka, Justin Smith

Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Georgia

  • 31 players for 2 spots
  • Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Oliver Schniederjans

Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Maryland

  • 59 players for 4 spots
  • Tee times begin at 7 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Patrick Cantlay, Taylor Funk

Old Oaks Country Club & Century Country Club, Purchase, New York

  • 80 players for 4 spots
  • Tee times begin at 7 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Bob Ford, Lee Janzen, Mike McCoy, Nathan Smith

Brookside Golf & Country Club & Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio

  • 120 players for 16 spots
  • Tee times begin at 7 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Ricky Barnes, Paul Casey, Kevin Chappell, K.J. Choi, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard, Vijay Singh, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Cameron Tringale, Bo Van Pelt, Camilo Villegas, Mike Weir

Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio

  • 63 players for 3 spots
  • Tee times begin at 7 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Blayne Barber, Billy Mayfair

Emerald Valley Golf Club, Creswell, Oregon

  • 50 players for 2 spots
  • Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Cheng-Tsung Pan, 15-year-old Easton Paxton

Colonial Country Club (North/South Course), Memphis

  • 145 players for 13 spots
  • Tee times TBD (scores here)
  • Notables: Jason Allred, Charlie Beljan, Chad Campbell, Tim Clark, David Duval, Bob Estes, Paul Goydos, Jerry Kelly, Scott Langley, Jeff Maggert, David Toms, Casey Wittenberg

Lakeside Country Club, Houston

  • 56 players for 4 spots
  • Tee times begin at 8:19 a.m. ET (scores here)
  • Notables: Todd Hamilton, Kelly Kraft, Scott Verplank, Duffy Waldorf, Corey Whitsett
We'll be around all day updating the results and interesting stories that emerge from across the country on golf's longest day.

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