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48 Advance to U.S. Open through Sectional Qualifying


The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that 48 players earned a place in the field of the 2012 U.S. Open, to be played June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. But the results won't be complete until Tuesday due to weather delays at several qualifying sites around the U.S.

Fifty-eight spots in the 156-player field were available at 11 sites throughout the U.S., but overnight rain continued into the day at Germantown Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., where play was suspended at 9:19 a.m. Eighty-four players were competing for nine spots. Play is expected to resume Tuesday at 6:45 a.m. CDT. The second round is set to start at 11:45 a.m. local time.

Lightning forced a one-hour and 50-minute delay at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., where 74 players competed for four spots. Similar conditions at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., stopped play there for two hours from 3-5 p.m. PDT. Two spots were available at Emerald Valley - one was earned by University of Oregon coach Casey Martin, who last played in the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in 1998 and the other will be determined Tuesday in a playoff at 8 a.m. PDT.

Rainy conditions also caused a 32-minute delay at The River Club in Suwanee, Ga., where 51 players vied for three places.

The first sectional qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Open was held May 21 in Japan, where six spots were determined. An additional 11 players earned places in the field at another international qualifier in Surrey, England, on May 28.

For the complete results visit http://www.usopen.com/en_US/news/qualifying/sectional.html.

The above report is courtesy of the USGA. For more information, visit www.usga.org.