Big changes are coming to USGA Qualifying. Starting in 2024, the winners of the following Central Links Golf events will earn spots in USGA Championships:
Kansas Amateur winner will earn a spot in the US Amateur
Kansas Women’s Amateur winner will earn a spot in the US Women’s Amateur
Kansas Junior Amateur Boys winner will earn a spot in the US Junior Amateur
Kansas Junior Amateur Girls’ winner will earn a spot in the US Girls’ Junior Amateur
These CLG Amateur Championships are limited to residents in Kansas or Kansas City and students at Kansas and Kansas City Area schools.
“I’m grateful for the USGA’s decision to recognize our state champions with these exemptions,” says CLG Executive Director, Doug Habel. “It speaks to the strength of golf in Kansas that all four of our championships qualified to send our winners to the national championships. Hopefully, we’ll continue to get the best players in the state to participate and our championships will remain strong.”
In addition, US Amateur qualifying is changing to a two-step qualifier, similar to the current qualifying format for the US Open. CLG will host US Amateur local qualifying in even years and US Amateur sectional qualifying in odd years. Kansas Amateur semifinalists will be exempt from US Amateur local qualifying. All other previously hosted USGA qualifiers will remain on CLG tournament schedules.
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MISSION HILLS, Kan. – Facing windy fall weather conditions, Trey Martin and McCain Schellhardt pushed forth to edge the runner-up to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Men’s Four Ball Championship at Kansas City Country Club on Monday, October 12.
In 2015, the USGA added the Men’s Four Ball Championship to its schedule, replacing the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The 2016 Four Ball Championship will be its second annual event and will be hosted at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Martin from Phoenix, Arizona, and Schellhardt from Edmond, Oklahoma, teamed up and qualified at KCCC as they posted a bogeyless round of 65 (-5), carding five birdies on the day. Falling one stroke short of Martin and Schellhardt was the team of Brian Haskell and Harry Roberts and the team of Andy Sajevic and John Sajevic as they both fired a 66 (-4).
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Erin Carney and Lacy Shelton paired up to dominate the field at Brookridge Golf and Fitness to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Four Ball Championship.
The U.S. Women’s Four Ball Championship replaced the now-retired U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships, which were conducted for the final time in 2014. It is the newest national championships to be conducted by the USGA. The creation of the U.S. Women’s Four Ball Championship was announced on Feb. 11, 2013. It is the first additions to the USGA roster of national championships since the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 1987.
Erin Carney and Lacy Shelton controlled the competition at Brookridge Golf and Fitness as ink a perfect bogeyless round of 66 (-5) on their scorecard. Five strokes behind Carney and Shelton was the first alternates Sophie Peters and Anne Robertson as they fired a 71 (E) round, including five birdies on the day. The second alternates were Tracee Lechner and Carmen Titus as they posted a 76 (+5).
The second annual U.S. Women’s Four Ball Championship will be held at Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Florida, on May 19-25, 2016.
OLATHE, Kan. – The 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur Sectional Qualifier took place at Shadow Glen Golf Club on Tuesday, September 1st. There were 28-golfers all battling for one qualifying spot to compete in the USGA’s U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
“Shadow Glen was conceived to meet the high standards of the dedicated golfer while capturing the magnificent beauty of the rolling, wooded terrain, Shadow Glen wraps itself around hills and bluffs as though it has always been here.”
The senior golfers played a 6,720-yard, par 72 championship course. Richard Landon from Olathe, Kansas, inked a 73 (+1) on his scorecard to edge the runner-up Scott Sullivan by one-stroke and punch his ticket to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. Landon shot par or better on 16 of the 18 holes as he carded one birdie on the day. Sullivan earned the first alternate as he fired 74 (+2). Eric Mork posted a 76 (+4) to earn the second alternate spot.
The 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship will be held at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, on September 26th-October 1st. Hidden Creek opened in 2002 and is carved out of the woodlands in New Jersey. The U.S. Senior Amateur will be the first USGA championship for the Egg Harbor Township, N.J., facility.
St. JOSEPH, Mo. – The 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier took place at St. Joseph Country Club on Thursday, August 27th.
St. Joseph Country Club is a 6,529 yard, par-71 championship course. It ranks No. 11 amongst the Kansas City Area Private Golf Courses (ranked by USGA rating) in the KC Metro area. There were 34-golfers competing for two qualifying spots at St. Joe.
Michael Greene from Overland Park, Kansas, posted the overall lowest score firing 69 (-2), carding three birdies and one eagle on the day to earn the first qualifying spot. There was a tie for second between Charlie Stevens from Wichita, Kansas, and David Rismiller from Kansas City, Missouri, at 70 (-1). Stevens and Rismiller went into a playoff for the second qualifying spot, as Stevens eagled the first playoff hole to earn the second qualifying spot, making Rismiller the first alternate. Josh Weems from Lake Quivira, Kansas, earned the second alternate in a playoff against Travis Holt.
The 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be held at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida on October 3rd-8th. The U.S. Mid-Amateur, for golfers 25 and older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. John’s Island Club is a 6,830 yard, par-71, championship course designed by Tom Fazio.
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The U.S. Women’s Mid-Am Sectional Qualifier took place at Blue Springs Country Club on Tuesday, August 25.
The 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be hosted at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, Louisiana, on October 3rd-8th. Squire Creek has hosted U.S. Open Championship local qualifying in 2008 and 2009 as well as the Louisiana Golf Association Mid-Amateur. It is also the home course for the Louisiana Tech University men’s golf team.
Erin Carney and Carmen Titus both qualified on Tuesday at Blue Springs Country Club, a 5,987 yard, par-72 course. Carney fired a 79 (+7), carding four birdies on the day. Titus was the second qualifier as she posted an 82 (+10).
Amanda Hanneman was the first alternate at 84 (+13) and Dee Johnson earned the second alternate spot as she posted 92 (+20).
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier was hosted at Lawrence, Kansas, on Monday, July 13. The 46-female golfer field arrived early as they battled one another for the four qualifying spots.
Lawrence Country Club a par-70, 6,240-yard course. In 2006, LCC renovated the course to enhance its challenge for all levels of play. It is one of only two country clubs in the state of Kansas with bent grass tee boxes, fairways and greens.
Vanessa Ha was the overall winner at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier as she fired 72 (+2), including three birdies on the day. Jayna Choi won the second qualifying spot as she posted 73 (+3), one stroke behind Ha.
Alison Hovatter won the third qualifying spot, inking 74 (+4) on her scorecard. Hovatter fired four birdies on the day. The fourth qualifying came down to a playoff between Monica Dibildox and Summar Roachell as they both shot 75 (+5). Dibildox achieved the fourth qualifying spot, making Roachell the first alternate. Amanda Kim is the second alternate, as she posted 76 (+6).
The 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be hosted at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Oregon, on August 10-16.
PARKVILLE, Mo. – Drew Lethem and Zac Dittmer qualified for the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship. The 2015 U.S. Amateur Qualifier took place July 6-7 at the National Golf Club of Kansas City.
The 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship will be held at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago, Illinois. This event is the oldest golf championship in the United States, even one day older than the U.S. Open.
The U.S. Amateur Qualifier at the National Golf Club of Kansas City held a 51 golfer-field, 36-hole stroke play event, fighting for two qualifying spots. There was a three-way tie for first-place after 18-holes with Dittmer, Lethem and Nick Sobba, as the three golfers fired 71 (-1).
The 36-hole, one-day qualifier was cut short as thunderstorms moved across the Kansas City area and forcing the event to extend to July 7th to complete the tournament. The storms forced 31-golfers to withdraw due to schedule conflicts of making it to the second day of the qualifier.
The second 18-holes continued with Lethem and Dittmer pulled away from the field. Lethem posted a two-round 71-71—142, totaling eight birdies for the event. Dittmer posted a two-round 71-74—145, including 10 birdies throughout the event.
The final results of the 2015 U.S. Qualifier can be found here.
LEAWOOD, Kan. – The U.S. Junior Amateur sectional qualifier was hosted at Hallbrook Country Club on Monday, June 29.
There were 26-junior golfers that showed up at Hallbrook Country Club to play 36-holes and compete for only one qualifying spot for the U.S. Junior Amateur.
The qualifier was played from the green tees, a 6,938 yards championship course. Hallbrook is known for its native prairie grass, multi-leveled greens and the surprising elevation changes throughout the course that adds challenge to the already difficult course.
Wells Padgett from Wichita, Kansas, dominated the field posting a two-round 73-72—145 (+1), including one eagle and two birdies on the first 18-holes and four birdies on the second 18-holes to secure his five-shot lead over the field.
The first alternate for the U.S. Junior Amateur is Eric Pahls who fired a two-round 76-74—150 (+6). Pahls had two birdies on his first 18-holes and one eagle and three birdies on his second 18-holes.
The second alternate was determined in a playoff as Blake Allen won on the second playoff hole. Allen posted a two-round 151 including six birdies on the day.
The 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur will be hosted at the Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, South Carolina on July 20-25.
The U.S. Senior Open Championship local qualifier took place at Loch Lloyd Country Club, Monday, May 18. The 34-golfer field gathered from around the Midwest and three international golfers from Spain and New Zealand to compete for a spot in the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Peter Fowler shined as he posted a 67 (-4) to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship in Sacramento, California, on June 22-28 at the Del Paso Country Club. Fowler, the 1983 Australian Open Champion fired a bogey-free round, including three birdies on the front nine and one on the back nine.
The first alternate for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship is the runner-up Miguel Angel Martin of Spain who shot 68 (-3), including five-birdies.
The second alternate is Jeff Sheppard who posted 69 (-2), including five birdies on the day.