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USGA Accepts over 2,700 Entries for U.S. Senor Open
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that 2,746 golfers have entered to play in the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled for July 11-14 at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. Twelve past champions are among the 78 players who are currently fully exempt into the field for the championship.
"We look forward to bringing the U.S. Senior Open Championship to Nebraska and Omaha Country Club for the first time this July," said Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. "The U.S. Senior Open is considered the world's premier championship for men's senior golfers. The number of entries demonstrates the great interest in playing for the coveted Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy."
The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional and amateur golfers with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 who are 50 years of age at the start of championship play.
Sectional qualifying will be played over 18 holes at 34 sites across the United States June 17-27. In addition, places in the 156-player field are reserved for eligible winners of official PGA Tour and Champions Tour events in the weeks remaining before the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.
The USGA received entries for the 34th U.S. Senior Open from golfers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A total of 81 applicants represent 27 foreign countries.
Roger Chapman, the 2012 champion, and 11 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Allen Doyle (2005, 2006), Dave Eichelberger (1999), Fred Funk (2009), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Graham Marsh (1997), Don Pooley (2002) and Eduardo Romero (2008).
For the third consecutive year, only online entries were accepted. James Rue, a 58-year-old professional from Dayton, Ohio, submitted his entry less than five minutes before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on June 5. Brian Gold, a 58-year-old amateur from Burr Ridge, Ill., was the first entrant.
2013 U.S. Senior Open Exemption List (as of June 5):
Jay Don Blake
Chien Soon Lu
Tom Pernice Jr.
Lance Ten Broeck
The above report is courtesy of the USGA. For more information, visit www.usga.org.