Merion boosts U.S. Open entries – overall and here

After a 32-year hiatus, the US Open returns to famed Merion Golf Club, near Philadelphia. The USGA accepted 9860 entries, a new record, including 125 in the two US Open Locals the Association conducts. This number, including 72 amateurs and 53 professionals, is also a significant increase from last year.

On May 9 at Westmoreland CC, Export, 56 players are entered – 24 professionals and 32 amateurs. The strong field includes more than a dozen who have advanced through the Locals, including Pittsburgh’s Bob Friend and Indiana’s Jon Mills, both who have qualified for the Open.

On May 14 at Grove City CC, 69 are entered, 29 professionals and 40 amateurs. The most frequent Open qualifier is Oakmont’s Bob Ford, who has advanced through numerous Locals, qualified for several Opens, making the cut at least twice. Reinstated amateur Rick Stimmel qualified in 2002 in a Sectional at Butler. Several others have recently advanced through Locals including Stimmel last year.

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