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Local Qualifying: 123rd U.S. Open Championship

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (April 14, 2023) -- The USGA accepted a record 10,187 entries, including 15 champions, for the 123rd U.S. Open Championship at The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club’s North Course, which welcomes the U.S. Open for the first time, June 15-18. For the majority of applicants, the journey begins with local qualifying. These qualifiers are conducted over 18 holes and in 2023 take place at 109 sites in 44 U.S. states and Canada between April 17 - May 22. The MGA will conduct five local qualifying rounds this year, all between May 1 - May 15.

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Those advancing out of local qualifying join a group of locally exempt players in final qualifying, which is conducted over 36 holes at 10 U.S. and three international sites. England hosts a final qualifier on May 16, while two more are scheduled for May 22 (on in Texas and one in Japan). The final 10, including the MGA-conducted final qualifying at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., are scheduled for June 5.

The MGA is returning to Canoe Brook for the first time since 2018, after conducting final qualifying in 2019, 2021 and 2022 at Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. Players will play one round on each of Canoe Brook's North and South courses.

Follow the progress as players aim to achieve the dream of competing in the U.S. Open.

May 1 - Colonial Springs Golf Club, Farmingdale, N.Y.
Four-time MGA champion Luke Sample led the field with a 6-under 66 to earn medalist honors by four shots at Colonial Springs. Matt Noel of Nashua, N.H., tallied a 2-under 70 while past MGA Player of the Year James Nicholas and Tamarack Country Club professional Ryan Kalista of Stamford, Conn., both added 1-under 71s to advance. Amateur Thomas Lee of Alpine, N.J., earned the final advancing position in a playoff, with Jay Card and Matt Snyder taking first and second alternate positions, respectively.

May 2 - Cold Spring Country Club, Huntington, N.Y.
Nicholas Jones of Bermuda posted a bogey-free 4-under 67 to capture top honors at Cold Spring. Meanwhile, reigning Long Island Open champion Reid Howey of Locust Valley, N.Y., and Danny Yustin of East Amherst, N.Y., added 3-under 68s and William Thornton of Lake Worth, Fla., carded 2-under 69 to all earn a spot at final qualifying. Timoty Hegarty of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Darin Goldstein of New York, N.Y., earned first and second alternate positions, respectively.

May 2 - Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, N.J.
Met Area native and now Scottsdale, Ariz., resident Max Greyserman talled five birdies and a single bogey en route to a 4-under 68 and medalist honors at Hamilton Farm. Edmund Broderick of Long Valley, N.J., battled the tough morning conditions to card a 3-under 69, while the trio of three-time Met Open champion Andy Svoboda of Milford, Conn., two-time MGA Junior Player of the Year Jack Wall of Brielle, N.J., Jason Li of Sewickley, Pa., added 69s in the afternoon. Ellis Messian of San Diego, Calif., and Wenliang Xie of South Orange, N.J., added 1-under 71s, while Wethersfield, Conn.'s Christopher Ayers made a near 50-footer on the first hole of a 9-for-1 sudden-death playoff to secure the final spot among those who carded even-par rounds. Tyler Hall of Wayne, N.J., and Danny Lewis of Keyport, N.J., took the first and second alternate slots after playing two additional playoff holes. Both made birdies on the par-5 ninth in the dark before flipping a coin to decide the positions.

May 11 - Paramount Country Club, New City, N.Y.
Daniel Gale of Castle Hill, Australia carded the low round of the day Thursday, finishing at -3/67 and earning low medalist honors. Raul Pereda of St. Augustine, Fla, Danny Balin of Fresh Meadow, and Michael Mattiace of Jacksonville, Fla all tied for second, finishing at 2-under. Also advancing to Final Stage Qualifying, amateur Stephen Scialo of Paramount, amateur Nathan Han of Somers, N.Y. and Manav Shah of Bakersfield, Ca. After the conclusion of play, a four-way playoff was held to determine the eighth and final qualifying position as well as the two alternate positions. Sebastian Vazquez of Awendaw, S.C. birdied the second playoff hole to advance to Canoe Brook. Erik Flores of Cornelius, N.C. earned the first alternate position while Flint Bekkers of Freeport, Fla earned the second alternate position.

May 15 - White Beeches Golf & Country Club, Haworth, N.J.
Austin Hitt of Longwood, Fla, earned medalist honors at White Beeches with a 6-under 66. He had no bogeys on his scorecard to send him on his way to final qualifying. Also with six birdies was Geoff Gelderman of Trumbull, Conn., who carded a 5-under 67. Three players finished with scores of 3-under to move on to the next stage: Josh Goldenberg of Scarsdale, N.Y., Chris Gabriele of West Harrison, N.Y., and Tony Perla of Mount Holly, N.J. Four players finished at 2-under and went to a sudden-death playoff for the final qualifying position and alternate positions. After two playoff holes and two birdies, amateur Christian Cavaliere of Katonah, N.Y., earned the final spot. Brendan Doyle of Louisville, Ky, also birdied the first playoff hole and is the first alternate, while Cian Curley of White Plains, N.Y., is the second alternate. 

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