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.

For questions regarding these changes, please contact