U.S. amateur qualifying tournaments on the horizon

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published June 29, 2016

 Katke-Cousins, located on the campus of Oakland University, is hosting a U.S. amateur qualifying tournament July 18. The event is open and free to the public.

Katke-Cousins, located on the campus of Oakland University, is hosting a U.S. amateur qualifying tournament July 18. The event is open and free to the public.

Photo by Christian Davis

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The 116th United States Amateur Championship is set for Aug. 15-21 at Oakland Hills Country Club, and fans have a chance to see some of the best golfers in the area compete for a spot in the tournament field. 

The Golf Association of Michigan is hosting qualifying tournaments at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield (July 11), Forest Akers West in East Lansing (July 15) and Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester (July 18). An event was played at Egypt Valley Country Club after press time. 

The qualifying tournaments are free for spectators and begin between 7:30 and 8 a.m.

Ken Hartmann, GAM’s senior director of rules and competition, said the 84-man tournament fields have been filled, and he expects three to five qualifiers to emerge from each site. 

The exact number depends on how many exempt players have already made the amateur field, which consists of 312 players.

The qualifying events are 36 holes of stroke play and feature players from around the world. 

“You have to have a 2.4 handicap index to get in,” Hartmann said, noting that the fields fill up on a first-come, first-served basis. “There are some really good amateur golfers. (Fans will) see some really good golf.” 

For pairings and tee times at each site, visit www.gam.org.

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