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USGA Accepts nearly 2,500 Entries for U.S. Senior Open
The United States Golf Association has accepted 2,439 entries, including those from 73 players who are already fully exempt into the field, for the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, to be played July 29-August 1 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. The exempt list includes 11 past champions.
Entries were received from 49 states (all except Alaska), American Samoa and the District of Columbia. In addition to the USA, entries were received from: Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, England, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Namibia, People's Republic of China, Samoa, South Africa, Sweden and Uruguay.
The first entry came from amateur Andrew Gabelman of Barrington, Ill., and the last entry was submitted less than one minute before the 5 p.m. EDT deadline on June 9 by professional Denis Husse of Fenton, Mich. To be eligible, a player must be at least 50 years old on or before July 29 and must have no higher than a 3.4 Handicap Index, or be a professional.
Players who are already fully exempt from qualifying include 2009 champion Fred Funk and 10 other past champions, including Brad Bryant (2007), Dale Douglass (1986), Allen Doyle (2005, 2006), Dave Eichelberger (1999), Bruce Fleisher (2001), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Graham Marsh (1997), Don Pooley (2002) and Eduardo Romero (2008). All previous Senior Open champions are fully exempt into the field if they file an entry.
Places in the 156-player field are also reserved for winners of official PGA Champions Tour events in the weeks remaining before the start of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open. The remainder of the field will be filled through sectional qualifying at 42 sites between June 21 and July 12.
A list of the 73 golfers who are fully exempt for the 2010 U.S. Senior Open follows:
Players Fully Exempt for the 2010 U.S. Senior Open (as of June 11) (a=amateur)
Tommy Armour III
a-Marvin "Vinny" Giles
Chien Soon Lu
a-George "Buddy" Marucci Jr.
Tom Pernice Jr.